Tummy Tuck

shutterstock_160244561Tummy tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty, has been around since the early 1900’s and is a common procedure for individuals who have had recent weight loss or pregnancy. This well-known procedure creates a firm and fit midsection by eliminating the inelastic skin on the abdomen while tightening the muscles.

If you are considering a tummy tuck in Joliet you should ask yourself a few simple questions:

  • Do I have excess skin in my abdomen that I haven’t been able to get rid of with diet and exercise?
  • Do I have excessively stretched skin in my abdomen due to pregnancy?
  • Has my recent weight loss caused excessive skin to form around my abdominal area?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be the ideal candidate for a tummy tuck and should schedule a consultation with Dr. Schneider. During the initial consultation, Dr. Schneider will discuss every aspect of the procedure as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have.

How Tummy Tuck is Performed

Tummy tucks typically take about 3 hours for completion and are generally an outpatient procedure. During the surgery, extra skin located around the abdomen is removed. This occurs by tightening the abdominal muscles while re-positioning the belly button. The remaining skin is pulled up to create a firmer more tone appearance. During the procedure, Dr. Schneider will take every step to minimize scarring.

Tummy Tuck Recovery Process

It is common for swelling of the abdomen to appear after the surgery but will gradually fade. Wearing a compression garment for the first few weeks is typically required to help the healing process. Normal daily activities are generally resumed about 4 weeks after the surgery, but strenuous activities that strain the midsection should be avoided for a minimum of 6 weeks after a tummy tuck. Dr. Schneider will provide you with the proper recovery care information before the surgery.

What kind of result can I expect?

The results of the tummy tuck should be immediately noticeable. However, post-operative swelling does occur and the full results of the procedure will occur when the swelling subsides.

For more information about a tummy tuck in Joliet or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schneider, contact Artisan Plastic Surgery today.

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