Learn More About Your Tummy Tuck Recovery
Excess skin and fat on your stomach can be frustrating, especially if you have spent months exercising and dieting. If pregnancy, weight loss, a prior surgery, hereditary condition, or aging has left you with irreparably stretched skin or stubborn fat, Dr. David Passaretti can perform an abdominoplasty to correct your condition. He will use his surgical skill to ensure your recovery involves minimal downtime and discomfort, so you can get back to your life and show the world your new trim, toned abdomen. Connecticut Magazine voted Dr. Passaretti a “Top Doctor” for his excellent care and commitment to his patients’ satisfaction. To learn more about tummy tuck recovery, contact our Darien office today and schedule a consultation.
Understanding the Procedure
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgery performed to remove excess, sagging tissue from your abdominal region. This procedure can also repair weak or damaged abdominal muscles to help you exercise and maintain your new appearance more easily. Dr. Passaretti will guide you through the entire surgical process, from initial consultation to recovery.
On the day of your surgery, Dr. Passaretti will use anesthesia (usually general, but sometimes local anesthesia or twilight sedation) to keep you comfortable. After making incisions, he will gently tighten and trim excess skin. Dr. Passaretti may also use liposuction to remove excess fat during the procedure. After he has pulled the skin taut over your abdomen, he will suture your incisions to complete your surgery. In addition to traditional abdominoplasty, we offer four tummy tuck options: endoscopic, mini, extended, and circumferential.
Dr. Passaretti uses the least invasive techniques possible to execute your abdominoplasty with precision and care. His attention to detail during your operation will provide you with a smooth recovery within a short amount of time. As with any surgery, you may feel some discomfort after your tummy tuck. We will help you manage your pain with medication. Dr. Passaretti will meet with you the day after your surgery to monitor your progress and make sure you are comfortable. Most patients return to work in about two weeks, although your recovery time will vary based on the extent of your procedure. You will wear a compression garment which can be hidden under clothing for at least one month to ensure you heal properly.
Many patients feel that the short-term discomfort of a tummy tuck is well worth the long-lasting slimmer figure it provides. Undergoing this procedure can improve your self-esteem and confidence. A tummy tuck can also repair muscles damaged from rectus diastasis - a separation of the abdominal muscles, often related to pregnancy complications. For patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight, removing excess skin can improve hygiene and comfort.
Begin Your Journey Toward a Firmer Stomach
Dr. Passaretti can help you weigh the costs, benefits, and risks of tummy tuck surgery to determine if it is right for you. To learn more about this procedure or your expected recovery time, contact our office today and schedule a consultation.