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Can A Tummy Tuck Give Me A Smaller Waistline?

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Many mothers visit Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery when they’re interested in a tummy tuck in Atlanta, GA. These women are looking to feel confident about their bodies again after completing their family and maybe to improve their health too. A tummy tuck removes fat, sculpts problem areas, and tightens the abdominal skin. While it can be used solely for cosmetic reasons, this stubborn fat removal surgery can also help patients with various medical conditions.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

Dr. Mang performs a tummy tuck using general anesthesia. He will choose the proper incision type based on how much excess skin there is. For extended tummy tucks, your incision will be hip to hip. For a minimal skin removal procedure, a less invasive technique is used, resulting in a much smaller and less noticeable scar. A tummy tuck at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery will remove excess fat and skin with liposuction.

Medical reasons for a tummy tuck

While a tummy tuck can be done for merely cosmetic reasons, it also can provide medical benefits. A tummy can:

  1. Correct a ventral hernia: A ventral hernia forms when intestinal or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall, creating a pouch. This occurs because of extreme weight loss, an appendectomy, or a C-section.

  2. Reduce stress urinary incontinence symptoms: Stress urinary incontinence is a bladder control condition that occurs when there’s too much pressure on the bladder and/or urethra.

  3. Decrease back pain: After giving birth, women oftentimes complain of back pain because of newly weakened stomach muscles. During a tummy tuck, we can surgically tighten these weakened muscles, which gives abdominal support and improves posture, which can both alleviate back pain.

  4. Fix diastasis recti: Some mothers experience a lower abdomen bulge due to diastasis recti. A tummy tuck repair surgery stitches these separated abdominal muscles together to eliminate this bulge.

Does a tummy tuck make your waist smaller?

Yes, it does. By removing excess fat and skin, and tightening abdominal muscles, you will see a smoother surface and a smaller waistline. Your clothes will fit better. However, it’s important to understand that your surgery results may take some time to reveal themselves. Allow your body to fully recover first.

How long to recover from a tummy tuck?

After a tummy tuck, you will wear a binder for about six weeks. This helps flush fluids out and to support your abdomen as you heal. Dr. Mang asks that you avoid any strenuous activity for at least six weeks after your mommy makeover surgery. We also ask patients who smoke to refrain during the recovery process as it can slow your healing process and cause complications. It’s normal to have some bruising in your abdominal area. Your scar may look red and raised, but this will fade.

It’s important that you keep moving after surgery, which helps keep the blood flowing and decreases your chance of developing a blood clot. You should begin to feel better after several weeks.

Learn how a smaller waistline can sculpt your figure

For mothers in Atlanta, GA looking to improve their bodies after giving birth, a tummy tuck may help. Schedule an in-person or online consultation at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery to learn about surgery with our board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang has helped countless patients repair their bodies, improve their health, and achieve a smaller waist size after tummy tuck surgery.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.