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Tummy Tuck Specialist

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Ltd

George Speace, MD, FACS

Aesthetic Surgeon & Aesthetics Plastic Surgery located in Wilkes Barre, PA

Even though it’s under your clothing most of the time, your abdomen’s shape or size can contribute to a lack of self-confidence and dissatisfaction with your body. At Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Ltd in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, aesthetic surgeon George Speace, MD, provides tummy tuck surgery to tighten and shrink your belly. To discover what a tummy tuck can do for your body shape, call the clinic or request your consultation online today.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery that makes your abdomen smaller and tighter. You might get a belly after years of poor eating habits, alcohol drinking, or childbearing. Your genetics can also help determine the size of your abdomen. In any case, belly fat can be hard to lose naturally, no matter how clean your diet is or how many hours you spend at the gym. If you do lose your belly fat, you may be left with excess skin and wrinkles in its place.

A tummy tuck by Dr. Speace takes two to five hours in total. Once you’re under anesthesia, he makes a horizontal incision between your hip bones that you can easily hide. Dr. Speace tightens the muscles in your abdomen with stitches before stretching the skin across the incision. He may remove some fat and extra skin before stitching the incision back together. Finally, he applies dressings to the wound and may place a tube into the incision to drain excess fluid from your belly as you heal. 

How long is the recovery period after a tummy tuck?

For several days after your surgery, your abdomen may be swollen and painful. Dr. Speace gives you medications to help manage the pain, but he may require you to stay overnight in a hospital as he monitors you during this time. He encourages you to start walking as soon as possible, even if you have to ease into it.

Five days to one week after your surgery, Dr. Speace removes the stitches from your skin’s surface. He removes deeper sutures from the muscles two or three weeks later and gives you a supportive garment to aid in your healing. 

Depending on your strength and abilities, you can expect to return to work and other activities three to four weeks after your surgery. You’ll still need to take it easy for some time, but light exercise can help restore your strength. People who start their tummy tuck surgery with strong abdominal muscles take the least amount of time to recover fully. 

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery can make a big difference in the shape and appearance of your midsection, but it isn’t for everyone. You should sit down for a consultation with Dr. Speace before committing to a tummy tuck surgery to make sure you’re a candidate. To be a candidate for a tummy tuck, you should:

  • Be at or near your ideal weight
  • Be finished bearing children
  • Have light belly fat or loose skin that bothers you
  • Maintain a positive outlook and realistic goals

If you’re not a candidate for a tummy tuck, Dr. Speace can help you explore other procedures like body contouring that might help boost your confidence in a similar way. 

To learn more about tummy tuck surgery and consult with Dr. Speace about the process, call Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Ltd or request an appointment online today.