How to Get the Best Results With a Tummy Tuck

Tuesday November 22, 2016 | Plastic Surgery Advice, Preparing for Plastic Surgery, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

best tummy tuck results in floridaOf all the cosmetic surgery procedures, the tummy tuck is one of the most rewarding. Women can achieve an hourglass silhouette that reveals muscle tone and a more slender appearance, and men can exchange their “beer belly” for a sculpted, masculine V-shape. While the surgery itself will provide excellent results, there are a few things patients can do to optimize them.

Be Prepared

Patients who experience the best results with tummy tuck surgery prepare ahead of time. They either do not smoke or quit smoking several weeks before the procedure and avoid blood-thinning medications that can interfere with surgery. Those who experience the best results are at or near their ideal weight and have maintained that weight for at least three months.

Prepared patients also have an easier and faster recovery time, as they plan for someone to assist them for a day or two after surgery, freeze meals ahead of time, and set up a couple of different areas in the house to rest and recover. Planning ahead will simplify the recovery process and reduce stress, which can accelerate healing.

Have Realistic Expectations

Patients who have realistic expectations before surgery are often very happy with their final results. During a consultation with Dr. Lickstein, they will get an idea of the results they can expect by taking their goals and physical anatomy into consideration. For example, those who have not arrived at their ideal weight before surgery may need to consider pairing their procedure with liposuction since the tummy tuck alone will not remove fat. Patients should also note that the tummy tuck will not result in a substantial amount of weight loss, and stretch marks will only be removed if they fall on the skin that is removed during surgery. Some swelling may be present for at least a week after the procedure, which can prevent patients from fitting into smaller sizes right away.

Choose an Experienced Surgeon

One of the most important components of successful tummy tuck results is choosing an experienced surgeon. Dr. David Lickstein has perfected his technique with the tummy tuck over his many years in practice, and his tummy tuck technique helps speed the recovery process, prevent poor wound healing, and reduce the appearance of scars. Dr. Lickstein’s patients are typically highly satisfied with their newly sculpted midsection and their heightened sense of self-esteem as a result of this procedure.

If you are interested in the tummy tuck procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. David Lickstein today by calling (561) 571-4000. You may also fill out our online contact format your convenience.