Ask An Expert: Eric Wright, MD, Wright Plastic Surgery
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure used to flatten the midsection and define the waistline. The surgery involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening the abdominal muscle wall underneath.
A tummy tuck can:
• Improve stretched skin
• Flatten a “belly pooch”
• Restore damaged abdominal muscles
• Enhance your overall body shape
The procedure is most commonly used by patients who have experienced significant body changes such as pregnancy or major weight loss. Dr. Wright performs mommy makeover surgery in Little Rock, which often combines a tummy tuck with a breast enhancement procedure like breast augmentation and liposuction.
Am I a good candidate for this a tummy tuck procedure?
Pregnancy is the most popular reason for a tummy tuck, but loose, stretched-out skin can bother men and women of all ages and lifestyles. Ideal tummy tuck candidates are non-smokers who are:
• In good overall health
• At or near their goal weight
• Not planning to have any future pregnancies
While tummy tuck surgery can help define the waistline, it is not a weight-loss procedure. Maintain a healthy BMI for several months before surgery to achieve the best possible results.
What is recovery like after a tummy tuck?
After surgery, Dr. Wright will place drains underneath your skin. These drains prevent fluid buildup and can be removed after seven to ten days. Bed rest and gentle movement are required the first week after treatment. Most patients can return to work after two to three weeks. Exercise or strenuous activities should wait until six weeks after surgery.
Eric Wright, MD
1701 Center View Drive, #201 • Little Rock