Having flat and toned abdominal muscles is important to many women and men. However, even with proper diet and exercise, sometimes fat and excess skin may still appear around the midsection, which can cause frustration. Having children may also affect the appearance of the stomach area, and can result in lax, loose skin along with loosened abdominal muscles. People visit Dr. Devlin in Little Rock, Arkansas, for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to restore a flat and toned abdomen.
Dr. Michael A. Devlin is committed to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals while providing you with friendly, personalized care. If you are interested in learning more about abdominoplasty in Little Rock performed by Dr. Devlin, request your complimentary consultation or contact our office at (501) 227-8811.
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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
While not a substitute for eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, a tummy tuck procedure can provide multiple benefits including:
- Tightened abdominal muscles
- Removal of excess fat and skin
- Narrowing of the waistline
- A more flat and firm abdomen
- Improved belly button shape
If you have abdominal muscles that have loosened or separated (for instance, after pregnancy or significant weight loss), surgical retightening is the only option for achieving a flatter appearance. Sit-ups, crunches, and aerobic exercise are only so effective.
Tummy Tuck & Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck performed by Little Rock cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Devlin starts by making an incision above the pubic bone area. This incision is then extended across the lower portion of the abdomen. Excess skin is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened to provide a toned appearance. An additional incision around the naval may also be needed, depending on the patient.
Dr. Devlin also offers mini tummy tuck surgery. This procedure only requires a shorter, horizontal incision right above the pubic region. A mini tummy tuck is particularly helpful in improving the appearance of the lower abdomen, and can be a good choice if the area of cosmetic improvement is located entirely below the belly button.
Recovery time varies, but in general, patients take about a week off to recover from a tummy tuck. A compression garment may need to be worn underneath the clothes for 6 weeks following surgery. Usually, patients can return to work in a few days, depending on the activity level. Patients should avoid doing strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks following surgery. During your recovery, Dr. Devlin will provide a pain pump that helps deliver nonnarcotic anesthetics to the surgical site for the first several days, allowing you to move around more comfortably. Most patients only require Tylenol® for pain relief after the first 1 to 2 days. This is just one of the many ways Dr. Devlin is committed to helping you look and feel your best.