Flatten Your Midsection and Improve Your Figure with a Tummy Tuck*
Even if you have lost a large amount of weight, you may struggle with extra skin and fat around your stomach. Despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, the effects of weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or genetics can make it difficult to obtain a figure that reflects your commitment to health. A tummy tuck performed by Dr. James E. Murphy can eliminate excess skin and fat, tighten weakened abdominal muscles, and help you achieve a slim, shapely midsection. At Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we take a personalized approach to each procedure. We also use EXPAREL®, an advanced pain reliever to minimize discomfort and speed recovery. To learn more about whether a tummy tuck is right for you, contact our Reno practice and schedule a consultation today.
Are You a Tummy Tuck Candidate?
To be considered for a tummy tuck, you should be in good physical health, with realistic expectations for the results of your treatment. Note that body contouring procedures are not weight loss solutions. Rather, they are designed to enhance your healthy body and eliminate extra tissue. Nevertheless, a tummy tuck can be a great option if you have recently undergone significant weight loss. You may be left with stretched skin that is too damaged to adhere to the new, slimmer contours of your stomach. A tummy tuck can eliminate that skin and help you achieve a better toned physique. Similarly, a tummy tuck can improve your curves after pregnancy and childbirth. In many cases, it can also eliminate stretch marks.
For optimal safety, your tummy tuck will take place in a hospital. You will receive general anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. Once you are sedated, Dr. Murphy will create two incisions. The first will be located between your naval and pubic area, extending from hipbone to hipbone. The second incision will encircle your belly button.
Through these incisions, Dr. Murphy will trim away any damaged, stretched, or excess tissue. He can also repair separated abdominal muscles to provide you with a flatter, tauter midsection. He may also perform liposuction to eliminate stubborn fat deposits. In most cases, the doctor will also relocate your naval to a higher and more youthful position on your stomach. Finally, he will close the incisions with stitches or surgical tape.
Following your tummy tuck, you will experience some swelling and soreness. To minimize your discomfort, Dr. Murphy proudly offers EXPAREL®. A single dose of this non-opioid pain medication can last up to 72 hours.
After your surgery, you will wear a compression garment to minimize discomfort, speed healing, and help your body adjust to its new shape. You should sleep with your head and upper torso slightly elevated, and you should get plenty of rest in the days following your surgery. You will need to plan to take at least two weeks off from work. However, you may need longer if you have a very physically demanding job. Avoid strenuous exercise until Dr. Murphy gives his approval.
As you recover, you will enjoy the results of your tummy tuck. Your stomach may be significantly more defined. Excess skin and fat deposits will be drastically reduced, if not eliminated. Your stretch marks may also fade. As a result, you may look years younger and pounds thinner, and you could enjoy a greater sense of self-confidence than ever before.
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You have worked hard to reach or maintain a healthy weight. You deserve a figure that reflects your efforts. Contact us today to learn if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck.