“The healthy stomach is nothing if not conservative.” – Samuel Butler (1912)

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One particularly troublesome spot for both men and women, who are trying to look and feel their best, is their stomach. If previous weight or multiple pregnancies have stretched your abdominal muscles, or if age has simply caused the skin around your stomach to lose its elasticity this may be one area that causes you distress. For many people this problem area does not seem to respond to exercise or even diet, no matter how dedicated you are to healthy living. Perhaps you have tried nearly everything to lose that bulge around your belly, yet the problem still persists. It doesn’t have to. If you’ve found it all but impossible to completely firm up your abdomen, don’t get frustrated and don’t give up. A tummy tuck in Sacramento by Dr. Scott Green can help you have a smaller waist and a firmer, more flattering stomach.

A tummy tuck (abdomioplasty) can enhance your overall appearance and improve your self-assurance. By tightening your abdominal muscles and ridding yourself of unwanted fat and excess skin around your mid-section, you can optimize your body’s contour and enjoy a narrower waistline. As with all similar surgeries and procedures you should only have them performed by a reputable and qualified plastic surgeon who is trained and experienced in body contouring. Dr. Scott Green is a highly-trained and successful Sacramento cosmetic surgeon.

All About Tummy Tucks

Our Sacramento tummy tuck patients may experience swelling in their abdomen and some mild to moderate discomfort after their surgery. Ordinarily patients will obtain satisfactory relief through the modest use of medications during the early portion of their recovery period. Although patients may wish to remain in repose following their surgery they are ordinarily encouraged to start walking as soon as possible in order to promote healing and their ultimate recovery. Vigorous activities should be postponed until the patient receives approval from the surgeon. Within about a week stitches will be removed and within one to two weeks plastic tubes, which were draining excess fluid from under the skin, will be removed.

Around this time most patients are able to resume their work activities. Some patients are able to resume work more quickly. While tummy tucks do result in some scarring, the scars are located in areas that will generally be hidden by even revealing clothing and swimsuits. Patients often choose to combine tummy tuck with breast augmentation or liposuction in Sacramento to enhance their bust and create an overal slimmer midsection.

How Tummy Tuck Surgery is Performed

Dr. Scott Green offers several surgical techniques in performing a tummy tuck in order to optimize his patient’s result. In what is referred to as a full tummy tuck, a surgical incision is made across the lower abdomen right above the pubic area. Following the creation of this initial incision, a second incision is made around the patient’s belly button as a means of loosening the surrounding skin. Next, the patient’s skin is separated from the wall of abdomen. Following this surgical maneuver, the surgeon pulls the loose abdominal muscles into a new, more desirable location. This results in tighter abdominal muscles, creating a firmer abdominal and smaller waist. Excess skin is then removed and a new opening is made in the anatomically correct position for the belly button.

A second option is a partial tummy tuck, which is a less invasive form of abdominoplasty. Both full and partial tummy tucks can be done independently or in conjunction with liposuction. For many women, a tummy tuck is one of the procedures included in their Mommy Makeover in Sacramento.

As with any cosmetic surgery, be sure to follow Dr. Green’s instructions regarding taking medications and vitamins, eating, drinking and ceasing smoking.

Your First Step

If you’re considering a tummy tuck, this information should give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual needs. Please request a consultation with Dr. Scott Green to discuss whether you are a good candidate to receive the benefits of tummy tuck surgery, or call 916-929-1833 to make your appointment.