A protruding abdomen can be the result of excess fat, weak abdominal muscles, pregnancy, or loose skin that has been over-stretched and no longer responds to diet and exercise. To correct this issue and flatten the abdomen, a tummy tuck tightens the muscles in the abdominal wall, while removing the excess fatty tissue and skin.
The goals of tummy tuck surgery are to:
If you are considering a tummy tuck, it is important that you understand that this is not a weight loss procedure. If you have excess skin from pregnancy or massive weight loss, a tummy tuck is the only way to get rid of that loose overhanging skin. It is also important that you reach a stable body weight prior to undergoing a tummy tuck.
Before and After Tummy Tuck Surgery
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The following are common questions about tummy tuck surgery in Oklahoma City. For more information, please contact our office with your questions.
A tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that requires about two hours to complete. To begin, Dr. Nuveen performs two incisions across your lower abdomen, which are concealed beneath your bikini line. The loose skin between the incisions is removed, the muscles are repaired with sutures, and the incisions are then closed with layers of dissolvable suture. Dr. Nuveen will apply a surgical dressing and provide you with compression garments that promote skin contraction.
If you undergo a tummy tuck you can anticipate approximately 7-10 days off of work and during your recovery we discourage you from any strenuous activity or lifting. We don’t want you lifting more than 5 lbs. for the 1st week and nothing over 10 lbs for the 2nd week.
If you are able we want you to try and get up and walk around every hour to reduce risks of blood clots and to extend and flex your feet while you are lying in bed. You will have drain tubes with this procedure, we will remove those in usually around 5 days, but sometimes they stay in longer and it is up to the doctor’s discretion when they are able to be taken out.
You will have a compression garment and will need to wear this binder for a minimum of 3 weeks. You may take the binder off for washing and showering but other than that it will need to stay on 24 hours a day.
We have extra binders in our office available for purchase if you would like one for $45.00. The binder compresses swelling fluid which will ultimately improve your final result so the binder is a very important part of your healing process. All of your sutures with the procedure are dissolvable and you will also have skin glue which will remain for about 2 weeks but will eventually wear off on its own so DO NOT SCRUB it.
Keep your incision clean with Dial soap and water in the shower, but do not take baths as soaking your incision increases your risk of infection.
Healing: How quickly and easily you will heal depends on a number of factors such as your genetic background, your overall state of health and lifestyle (exercise, diet, smoking, drinking, etc…). Many people believe your doctor is solely responsible for the healing process, but no one person can make another heal. Dr. Nuveen can facilitate (but not accelerate) your healing but you must also take an active role in that process. Your cooperation and close attention is extremely important when it comes to your post-operative healing.
Another MAJOR factor in the course of healing is how well you follow the instructions that are given to you by Dr. Nuveen. You will receive verbal instructions as well as written instructions after surgery and it is imperative that you follow those instructions. We set those guidelines for you to promote your healing process and to prevent the occurrence of any complications that can interfere with your recovery.
It is crucial that you recognize that you are a partner in this process and have a responsibility to follow instructions carefully. The instructions we give you are designed to give you the best opportunity for healing without delay or surprise.