Life-altering events like having children and losing a significant amount of weight are things that should be relished and celebrated, except sometimes these things can leave the body feeling foreign and not your own. Stretch marks, loose skin, stretched abdominal muscles, amongst other troublesome issues, can have lingering effects both physically and mentally. At Bay Area Plastic Surgery, a tummy tuck procedure with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Gray you can restore a tight, youthful, contoured midsection.
If you’re considering this life-changing procedure, here are 6 questions you absolutely need answers to:
1. What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
The first things you should consider are the benefits of the procedure. While tummy tucks are a procedure offered by many plastic surgeons, Dr. Gray’s experience and attention to detail have helped him craft unique techniques to deliver stunning results. He strives to give each patient a more contoured midsection, the shortest, lowest, and most hidden scar possible, and a natural-looking belly button. An added benefit is the weight loss from the excess skin removal, which can help alleviate back pain.
2. What Does A Tummy Tuck Address?
The most prevalent issues that tummy tucks address are:
- Loose skin
- Extra fat
- Stretch marks
- Stretched or splayed abdominal muscles
- Bulging or protrusions in the abdominal region
3. Who Makes A Good Candidate for A Tummy Tuck?
Keep in mind that a tummy tuck is not a form of weight loss but rather a type of body contouring. It is preferred that you be at or close to your goal weight when considering this procedure. That being said, typically, patients who are considering having a tummy tuck are women who have had children and men or women who have recently lost a significant amount of weight.
It is also important, though not paramount, that you are done having children; a pregnancy does have the potential to interfere with your tummy tuck results. However, having a tummy tuck should not interfere with your pregnancy in any way.
4. How Is A Tummy Tuck Performed?
Each tummy tuck that Dr. Gray does is customized specifically to each patient’s needs and desires. During your consultation, Dr. Gray will carefully go over every detail of the procedure to ensure that you feel confident about the benefits and the results.
5. What to Expect During Recovery?
For the next few months, you should avoid any strenuous activity that involves the abdominal muscles. Light, flat walking is advised, and after four months, most of the swelling should have dissipated. You’ll begin to see the full results of your operation at this time.
Dr. Gray will be available to call at any point for any issues, concerns, or questions that you might have.
6. Does Liposuction Leave a Scar?
As with any surgery, there will be some scarring. However, Dr. Gray will expertly place the incision in a spot that will be well hidden. You can discuss exactly where this location will be during your consultation. Also, scars can be helped with creams, and be sure to keep sunscreen on it to keep it from becoming more prominent, even if it never sees the sun.
Tummy Tuck in the Bay Area
During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Gray, he will take the time to fully explain the procedure, educate you on any details, and answer any questions that may occur. He is passionate about empowering his patients and guiding them to make the best decision while ensuring they’re confident in the procedure they choose.
If you would like to learn more about how this procedure can help you, contact Bay Area Plastic Surgery today!