Have you lost the flat stomach you used to have when you were younger? Maybe you had kids which led to various body changes, or time and age made it difficult to keep weight off. Regardless of why your tummy isn’t as flat as you’d like, a tummy tuck in Arlington Heights can help you get a more toned abdomen.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of the abdomen.
A tummy tuck is designed to eliminate unwanted, sagging skin that can result from pregnancy, weight loss, injury, or other surgeries. It’s also used to remove unwanted fat and repair damaged abdominal muscles.
What Does A Tummy Tuck Treat?
A tummy tuck can contour your figure and create a firmer, flatter stomach by removing loose skin and excess abdominal fat. A tummy tuck also addresses protrusion of the abdomen caused by weakened or damaged abdominal muscles.
A tummy tuck can treat the following cosmetic concerns:
- Loose, flabby skin in the abdominal region
- Fat deposits in the abdominal region
- The appearance of a protruding stomach caused by weakened abdominal muscles
- Some stretch marks in the abdominal region
If you’re ready to get started on your journey to a flatter, more youthful figure, contact the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute today. Our plastic surgeons in Arlington Heights have extensive experience conducting all types of cosmetic procedures, including liposuction, tummy tucks, and more.
Good Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery are individuals with excess skin and fat that diet and exercise alone can’t eliminate. They may also have weakened or damaged abdominal muscles that cause the abdomen to protrude, creating a bulging appearance.
Often, individuals who opt for a tummy tuck have experienced pregnancy or significant weight loss. Ideal candidates generally maintain a stable weight and are in good overall health. They seek to contour and tighten their abdomen, addressing issues like loose skin and stretch marks.
Candidates for a tummy tuck should be finished having children and near their goal weight. They should not smoke but if they do use nicotine products, they should quit 6-8 weeks before and after surgery.
Schedule a consultation at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute if you’re interested in undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. Our board certified plastic surgeons will determine if you’re a suitable candidate. We can also recommend other non-surgical and surgical treatment options to help you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Can A Tummy Tuck Be Paired With Other Surgeries?
Tummy tuck surgery is often paired with other cosmetic procedures to produce superior results. Liposuction and breast augmentation in Arlington Heights are two of the most popular procedures conducted alongside tummy tucks. Tummy tucks are also a common part of Mommy Makeovers.
Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about tummy tucks, liposuction in Arlington Heights, or other body contouring procedures.
How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck procedure in Arlington Heights will depend on the chosen surgical method and the extent of the procedure. In order to get an estimate for your tummy tuck surgery, contact our team to schedule a consultation today.
A tummy tuck procedure begins with sedation or general anesthesia. Once you’re prepped, your plastic surgeon will make a horizontal incision below the belly button and just above the pubic bone. If you’re not getting a full tummy tuck, the incision(s) may be placed in a slightly different location.
Once the incision is made, your skin will be lifted to reveal your abdominal wall muscles. If necessary, they will be tightened and repaired to create a flatter appearance.
Once the muscles are repaired, the skin will be pulled back into place over the abdomen. Any excess skin will be trimmed away. If skin in the upper region needs to be removed, another incision may be made near your belly button. If excess fat needs to be removed during your procedure, liposuction will be applied.
During a tummy tuck the belly button is relocated. A new opening will be created at a proper central position after the skin is redraped. Your belly button will then be pulled through the new opening and sutured into place.
Recovery times for tummy tuck patients vary based on several factors. These might include how extensive the surgery, the age of the patient, their general health status, etc.
The recovery process for a tummy tuck can last up to 6 months. However, most patients start to feel better within a few weeks. You’ll likely see the final results of your tummy tuck within 3-6 months.
Most patients can return to work 7-10 days after surgery. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise and activity for 5-6 weeks. If your job is very physically demanding, you will need to take anywhere from 4-6 weeks off.
Bruising and swelling should subside within 2-3 months after the procedure. You will need to wear a compression garment for 6-8 weeks to aid in the healing process. Surgical drains may also be placed to prevent excess fluid build-up during the first week after surgery.
Some patients may experience numbness or a tugging sensation throughout their recovery, but these symptoms should fade over time.
How Long Do Results Last?
The results of your tummy tuck should last 10 years with proper diet and nutrition. However, things like age, other surgeries, injuries, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations can affect the results.
Why Choose Us
At the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute, our team is highly skilled and trained in a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures. Our number one goal is to help each client feel confident in their own body. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and advanced procedure techniques to achieve exceptional results for our patients.
We also have years of experience conducting tummy tucks and liposuction procedures. When you choose us for your cosmetic surgery, our team evaluates your current health status and medical history. Based on this information, your personal preferences, and cosmetic goals, we create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the body of your dreams.
Some of our tummy tuck procedures include:
- Traditional Tummy Tuck
- Mini-Tummy Tuck
- Vaser Lipo-Abdominoplasty
- Vaser-Assisted High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty
If you’re ready to learn more about tummy tuck surgery in Arlington Heights, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Before & After Gallery
Visit our tummy tuck Before & After photo gallery to see real patient results from the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute.