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Poor muscle strength or excess skin in the abdomen can often result in the appearance of a stomach "pooch." When the muscles and skin have been severely stretched, no fitness program will repair the damage. A tummy tuck from St. Louis Cosmetic surgery is designed to strengthen the core muscles and remove extra skin for a flatter, firmer abdomen.
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A tummy tuck procedure is most often performed after pregnancy or weight loss. Unlike liposuction alone (which only removes unwanted fat), abdominoplasty is designed to tighten the muscle walls of the torso and remove excess skin. Sometimes, our surgeons is St. Louis use lipo during a tummy tuck for additional fat removal. St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery offers different types of abdominoplasty – including traditional and extended tummy tucks – for customized results.
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This surgery is usually performed under general or local anesthesia. Depending on how much skin needs to be removed, the surgeon makes a low incision on the abdomen (which can be hidden below most bikini bottoms), removes excess skin (and sometimes fat) and tightens the underlying muscles. The belly button is also repositioned to a natural location.
Many women who have had children choose a popular combination procedure called "Mommy Makeover" which includes breast augmentation in addition to a tummy tuck to restore volume and fullness to the breasts.
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The amount of downtime varies between individuals, but usually a 2 week recovery is required. Men and women who work in physically demanding jobs may need 3 to 4 weeks of downtime for complete recovery. Many people experience a feeling of tightness in the abdomen, as well as some swelling. For this reason, light walking is typically recommended after surgery. Pain medication may be used to alleviate discomfort.
Your tummy tuck results should appear within about a month. You will enjoy a tighter, flatter midsection with improved muscle tone and contour. In some cases, abdominoplasty may be able to improve the look of stretch marks.
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