Tummy Tuck Candidates

If you’re considering a tummy tuck in San Francisco:

The Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck can’t replace a sensible weight-loss or exercise program. The procedure is best-suited for adults of any age who have a relatively stable weight. The visual benefits are greatly diminished for those planning to lose or gain substantial weight. This includes women considering a future pregnancy. In addition, previous abdominal surgery may limit the results of your tummy tuck surgery.

There are several key criteria to consider:

  • Are you planning to become pregnant in the future?
  • Are you relatively healthy, without life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions?
  • Do you have any medical conditions which could impair healing from abdominoplasty surgery?
  • Are you a non-smoker?
  • Have you previously had abdominal surgery?
  • Are you committed to proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, including moderate amounts of physical exercise?
  • Can you candidly share your expectations for the tummy tuck surgery?
  • Can you fully disclose your health history to Dr. Mosser, including current medications, your use of vitamin and herbal supplements, as well as your use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs?
  • Can you adhere to Dr. Mosser’s instructions before and after tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy Tuck Surgery Specifics—What You Can Expect

Dr. Mosser performs tummy tuck surgery in several locations in San Francisco. Plastic surgery procedures may be scheduled for the surgery center located at 450 Sutter Street in Union Square, as well as California Pacific Medical Center, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.

A tummy tuck is usually performed while you are under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia and sedation may also be used. These decisions will be made well ahead of surgery, based on the specifics of your abdominoplasty surgery, as well as considerations to your individual needs.

During your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery, the size and location of the incision depends on the amount of excess skin to be removed. For example, in a full tummy tuck, an incision will be made between the pubic hairline and the navel. The shape and size of this incision will be determined by the amount of tissue to be removed. Sometimes, an additional incision around the navel is required to remove excess tissue in the upper abdomen. In both cases, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and excess tissue is removed.

On the other hand, a mini tummy tuck corrects only the area below the navel. A much shorter incision at the pubic bone is typically all that’s necessary. In some cases, only liposuction is required to remove excess fat. In others, liposuction will be used in conjunction with other techniques.

Post Tummy Tuck Recuperation

Immediately after tummy tuck surgery, you will experience swelling and discomfort at the incision sites. This is completely normal. Dressing and bandages will cover the sites, and you may also be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment in order to minimize swelling.

These bandages and garments can also provide support to your abdomen as it heals. Dr. Mosser may temporarily insert a small tube at these sites to drain any excess fluid. He will give you very specific instructions about how to maintain the surgical site and drains. In the meantime, it is necessary for you to follow certain guidelines that will speed your recuperation:

  • Discomfort after tummy tuck surgery is common and Dr. Mosser will work with you to control your pain through medication.
  • You should return to light walking as soon as possible in order to reduce your risks for blood clots and other setbacks.
  • Your initial wound will mend within five to ten days, after which your sutures, if any, will be removed.
  • You must avoid bending, lifting, or straining any part of your abdomen; in addition, Dr. Mosser may recommend that you sleep with your knees elevated.
  • You will probably be ready to return to work within a matter of days after tummy tuck surgery so long as it doesn’t entail heavy lifting or vigorous exercise.
  • You will want to keep the incisions out of direct sunlight for a full year after surgery.

Results—the Amazing New You

Results from your tummy tuck surgery should be apparent almost immediately, though it may take several weeks for the swelling to completely dissipate. In the meantime, you may still feel numbness over the incision, and it may take a year or more for the scars to shrink.

You may not see the full effect of a tummy tuck until swelling has subsided, and you are able to stand fully erect (usually within a week or two). The result is a flatter, firmer abdominal contour, more proportional with your body profile and general weight.

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