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What is a Tummy Tuck?

Having excess skin and fat in your stomach area can make you feel unhealthy and out of shape. A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin. Many women and men throughout the Phoenix area choose tummy tuck surgery to treat cosmetic concerns including bulging and excess fat tissue in the lower abdomen, loose skin on the stomach, laxity or widening of the abdominal six-pack muscles, and unsightly scars or stretch marks in the lower abdomen.

Moms’ post-pregnancy, as well as people who have loose belly skin from weight loss, cannot tighten their loose skin or abdominal “six-pack” muscles no matter how much they work out at the gym. This is how a tummy tuck can make a dramatic improvement to your midsection. Since no amount of exercise or crunches can remove excess skin or re-tighten your “six-pack” muscles, a tummy tuck is considered the gold standard for getting a flatter and well-toned abdomen.

Dr. Shaili Gal is a double-boarded plastic surgeon serving the Phoenix area. She is passionate about the art of body sculpting and shaping since she is passionate about enhancing her patient’s lives. A tummy tuck can help you have a flatter, more tight mid-section and help you feel more comfortable in your clothes. In addition, Dr. Gal will place the scar as low as possible so you can hide it below your panty line or briefs. She will create a small “innie” belly button and enhance your results with liposuction of your flanks (love handles).

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Tummy Tuck Candidates:

Candidates for tummy tuck procedure are typically men or women who are bothered by excess skin or fat in their abdominal area and want to achieve a flatter, more toned appearance. Some common reasons why a person may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck include:

  • Excess skin and/or fat
  • Abdominal muscle weakness
  • Post-pregnancy
  • Weight loss
  • Cosmetic reasons

It’s important to note that a tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that involves significant recovery time and should not be considered a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations for the procedure, and be committed to maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle after the surgery.

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Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

Before the procedure, you will have a consultation with Dr. Gal to discuss your goals and expectations. Once the doctor reviews your medical history, she will perform a physical examination to determine the best approach for your surgery.

Your Phoenix Abdominoplasty Surgery

Tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia. After making an incision across the lower abdomen, the surgeon will trim the excess skin and fatty tissue and retighten loose abdominal muscles (“six-pack” muscles). Once these areas of the abdomen have been reshaped, the incision is closed, the belly button is recreated, and drains are placed. Most patients in the Phoenix area who choose tummy tuck surgery with Peoria Cosmetic Surgery are able to go home the same day and can return to their usual daily activities in about two weeks.

A tummy tuck is an excellent procedure for mothers who want to erase the physical effects of pregnancy. In fact, the procedure often is combined with breast enhancement surgery for a customized mommy makeover procedure. Abdominoplasty is also appropriate for women and men who have achieved significant weight loss through bariatric surgery or their own diet and exercise plan.

Recovery after Surgery

Our Phoenix/Scottsdale surgeon will provide post-operative instructions on caring for your incisions and bathing techniques. You will be encouraged to start walking as soon as possible to help your body heal and guard against the risk of blood clot formation. You may experience some discomfort and swelling in the abdominal area after the surgery, but this can be managed with pain medication and other treatments. A support garment will help protect the surgical area and improve the cosmetic outcome of your body contouring procedure.

You can begin adding exercise back into your routine after a few weeks, but vigorous exercise needs to be avoided until your incisions have healed sufficiently. Scars should begin to lighten and flatten out within three to six months and may continue to improve for up to a year after surgery. Dr. Gal takes steps to minimize the appearance of scars and places scars where they will be well concealed in a bathing suit or underwear. To enjoy your results for the long-term, continue to eat healthful foods and exercise regularly.

Why Peoria Cosmetic Surgery?

A tummy tuck at Peoria Cosmetic Surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can help patients achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen. The procedure is performed by Dr. Shaili Gal, an experienced double-boarded plastic surgeon, who uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure the best possible outcomes for her patients.

With proper care and follow-up, patients can enjoy long-lasting results from their tummy tuck procedure. There’s no better time to learn more about what a tummy tuck in the Pheonix area can do for you. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, call our office to schedule a consultation today.

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