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A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery technique where excess fat and skin are removed from the tummy area (normally negatively affected by a previous pregnancy or rapid weight changes) giving you a sleeker, flatter abdomen. Although many women feel a boost of confidence after a tummy tuck, there are things a tummy tuck can’t do. If you’re considering a tummy tuck procedure, here are some things to keep in mind. 

A tummy tuck is not the same thing as liposuction

Liposuction involves removing excess fat with a small incision and surgical cannula. While the two procedures can be done in tandem, a tummy tuck focuses on removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles of the stomach. 

A tummy tuck will not keep you from gaining weight in the future

You should be at a stable weight before considering a tummy tuck because your results will be greatly diminished if you gain weight in the future. While a tummy tuck will remove a small amount of weight, it won’t prevent you from gaining back the fat that was removed. So, a tummy tuck is no replacement for a good diet and exercise. 

A tummy tuck doesn’t always remove pregnancy stretch marks

Postpartum women often look for ways to remove stretch marks on their belly caused by rapid weight gain during pregnancy. Stretch marks can be difficult to get rid of, and tummy tuck can sometimes be a solution. Stretch marks are separations in the skin caused by the deep layers of the skin tearing as you gain weight rapidly. While some stretch marks located below the navel can be removed as part of a tummy tuck, any outlying stretch marks will still be there after your procedure.

Recovery comes with some discomfort

After a tummy tuck, you’ll have discomfort and swelling for an extensive amount of time, which can be managed with pain killers. Your recovery period may actually take a few months, but within 3 to 4 weeks most people are able to resume moderate activities. Because you use your abdomen and core muscles for even the mildest of activities, recovery is generally a little longer with a tummy tuck than many cosmetic procedures.

You may not see results immediately

You will be swollen for some time, meaning you’ll need to be patient before seeing your final results. This may even take 6 months to a year as your contours settle in and your body adjusts to the new figure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are in the St.Paul area and are considering a tummy tuck, then Dr. Rocheford, a Minnesota native, can discuss your options. She is a highly reviewed, board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in tummy tucks and helping patients achieve their ideal figure. To schedule a consultation and get started, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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