Sit-ups, crunches, and other exercises may not work for some people, no matter how many they do. This is particularly true for men who’ve experienced weight fluctuations or who have simply noticed that things aren’t quite as tight as they used to be, thanks to gravity and a slower metabolism. Not only is lax skin a concern, but weakened or separated abdominal muscles can make toning the area with exercise near impossible.
If the flat, tone abdomen of your dreams seems unreachable, a tummy tuck with Dr. Chen may be the answer.
Why have a tummy tuck?
Everyone should exercise to keep healthy, but in some cases, it’s not enough to reduce stubborn fat or correct sagging skin issues. An abdominoplasty procedure (tummy tuck) can address a number of concerns, including:
- Loose, excess, or overhanging skin
- Stretch marks
- Stubborn fatty deposits in the abdomen, when combined with liposuction
- Appearance of fullness in belly and love handles, when combined with liposuction
During a private consultation with Dr. Chen, you’ll have the opportunity to explain your concerns and goals and hear Dr. Chen’s expert treatment recommendations. He’ll help you decide if a tummy tuck is right for you and explain what to expect from your procedure and recovery.
Your tummy tuck with Dr. Chen
You will be placed under general anesthesia, and Dr. Chen will begin by making a horizontal incision below your “pants line,” about halfway between the belly button and pubic mound. It’s important to note that the exact location of your incision will depend on your body proportions and the severity of sagging to be corrected.
Through this incision, Dr. Chen will tighten your abdominal muscles, remove excess skin, perform liposuction as needed, and lift remaining skin. Your belly button may be repositioned if necessary. Your incision will then be sutured and dressed, and you’ll return to one of our comfortable recovery rooms as you begin waking up from anesthesia.
Recovery after tummy tuck
After surgery, you will be required to wear a compression garment to facilitate healing and protect your results. Dr. Chen will prescribe pain medication to help you manage any discomfort, though most patients switch to an over-the-counter alternative within the first week. You’ll be sent home with specific guidelines for rest, activity, and care of your surgical site—and it’s important that you follow Dr. Chen’s aftercare instructions to the letter!
While some return to desk work within a couple weeks, strenuous activity must be avoided for around 6 weeks. This is to allow your body, muscles, and incision sites to properly heal so you feel great and get great results.