A tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help men and women improve the appearance of their abdominal areas. Known medically as abdominoplasty, this cosmetic technique is one of the procedures performed by Dr. G. Robert Meger at his plastic surgery parctice in Phoenix.
The Best Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
The procedure is best suited for men and women who have been unable to shed excess abdominal fat through diet and exercise. It is also ideal for women who are past their childbearing years and wish to return their figures to a younger look by reducing the appearance of those abdominal stretch marks. Additionally, both men and women who suffer from excessive abdominal skin after going through weight loss surgery can benefit a tummy tuck.
What to Expect from the Procedure
Patients will given a thorough review of their health, including any medications they may be taking, before receiving their tummy tuck. They will be given an anesthetic before the surgery begins. The actual procedure will involve an incision between the hips, although its length will depend upon the needs and goals of the surgeon and of each patient. The stomach muscles will then be drawn together to create a tightened appearance. Liposuction may be used during the to “suck away” excess fat. The entire procedure should take about three hours, but this also depends upon the nature of the surgery.
Looking Good After a Tummy Tuck
After completion of the surgery, patients will need to wear a compression garment and may require at least six weeks to achieve full recovery. Provided that patients can stick to their weight objectives, a tummy tuck should have long-lasting effects in terms of enhancing the appearance of their abdominal areas. Dr. Meger is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic procedures, including abdominoplasty. Those considering cosmetic surgery should schedule a consultation and learn how a tummy tuck in Phoenix can make them look better and feel better about the way they look.