Ask just about anyone what area they’d most like to improve, and most people will readily admit their abdominal region is a trouble spot. Whether it’s age-related or due to genetic factors, many of us are predisposed to accumulate stubborn belly fat that doesn’t respond well to exercise and diet. The stresses of pregnancy represent an additional challenge for female patients who would like to achieve a tight, toned abdomen.
Fortunately, advances in modern cosmetic surgery have given us outstanding methods to banish “love handles” and a “muffin top” and create those firm, sexy abs we’ve all dreamed of having. Read on to learn about two tummy tuck options and help you decide which one might be the right solution for you.
Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery
A traditional tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is designed to remove loose skin and flab and tighten lax abdominal muscles in the midline. By excising excess tissue, firming stretched or widened abdominal muscles, and repositioning the navel, Dr. Brad Stephan can help create a slim, flat, and more naturally desirable appearance.
The best candidates for a tummy tuck surgery are already within their ideal weight, but who are frustrated that they have not been able to achieve a toned abdominal region through their consistent efforts to target this area. Abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure; rather, it is a supplemental surgery that complements the effort you are already putting in to attain a slender physique.
Recovering from a traditional tummy tuck takes one to two weeks, and requires frequent rest and avoidance of strenuous activities, although we encourage patients to take brief, gentle walks to improve blood flow and help with the healing process. Though most patients can return to work after a week or two, it may take up to six weeks before you can resume high-impact exercise.
In contrast with a traditional tummy tuck surgery, an Avelar abdominoplasty involves the use of liposuction to remove abdominal fat. Like the traditional tummy tuck, patients who choose an Avelar abdominoplasty can expect to benefit from the removal of excess skin in the mid- and lower abdominal region. However, an Avelar abdominoplasty does not involve tightening abdominal muscles, which makes it safe to combine with a liposuction procedure.
The best candidates for an Avelar abdominoplasty are people who wish to create a more contoured, defined midsection by removing skin and fat, but who do not have widening of their abdominal muscles, as often occurs after pregnancy.
Because the Avelar abdominoplasty does not include tightening the abdominal muscles in the midline, the recovery process is usually more straightforward and easily tolerable than that of a traditional tummy tuck. Dr. Stephan recommends wearing a specially designed compression garment to help minimize swelling and to support the abdominal area while you heal. Though you’ll notice results after the first week, you’ll continue to enjoy an improved appearance as swelling and bruising resolve and the healing process continues.
Which Procedure Is Right for You?
If you’re committed to banishing the bulge and getting the lean midsection you’ve always wanted, you may be well-qualified for either a traditional tummy tuck or an Avelar abdominoplasty. After evaluating you in person and having the opportunity to discuss your goals and unique needs, Dr. Stephan can use his expertise as a board-certified and fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon to help you decide which approach is best for you.
At Stephan Surgical Arts, we’re committed to helping you get the best possible results from your cosmetic surgery and give you the shape you’ve been dreaming about. Contact us today and schedule a consultation to learn which abdominoplasty option is right for you.