Losing 50 or 100 pounds, or more, is a major achievement. But once you’ve reached your goal, you might find that your healthier, thinner body needs some additional fine-tuning. After significant weight loss, the skin often fails to shrink back to its former size and shape. That’s because large amounts of excess skin that have been stretched around the abdomen, may have lost its’ elasticity.
Washington D.C. plastic surgeons, at Chevy Chase Plastic Surgery offer tummy tuck procedures designed specifically for patients who have achieved significant weight loss. A tummy tuck can remove skin or fat and tighten or lift your abdomen area. The results can help your clothes fit better and allow you to participate more comfortably in your favorite activities.
The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, involves removing excess skin and tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles. An incision is made just above the pubic area from hip to hip, occasionally extending to the back. Sometimes a vertical incision is necessary as well.
The results of a tummy tuck are visible almost immediately, although you will experience some post-surgical swelling. Full recovery to normal activity level generally takes 4-6 weeks. Once the swelling subsides, you will notice a permanently flatter, smoother tummy and a slimmer figure.
If you are ready to complete your weight loss process, please contact Chevy Chase Plastic Surgery in Washington, D.C. to learn more about how a tummy tuck can benefit your situation.