By Dr. Kelly Kileen
Thinking about a tummy tuck? Just about everyone wants to get that flatter, more defined abdomen back. When you have tried just about every workout at the gym and can’t lose the excess fat around your midsection a tummy tuck may be a great option. A tummy tuck is a great option for people with: stubborn fat around the midsection, a muffin top, excess skin, and for those who want to tighten their abdominal muscles and remove stretch marks.
Beverly Hills board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kelly Killeen is an industry leader and expert in breast and body plastic surgery with extensive training specializing advanced tummy tuck techniques. As an industry leader in mommy makeovers and tummy tucks (and a mother of two) Dr. Killeen offers a unique approach to these procedures. Being a woman and a mom enables her to relate to her patients on a more personal level and gives her a deeper understanding of body concerns through a woman’s perspective.
Tummy Tucks are some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed each year in the United States. Over 129,753 tummy tucks were performed in 2017 with that number increasing steadily about 2% each year. Many patients who come to Dr. Killeen at Cassileth Plastic Surgery for tummy tucks ask questions that come up often so we’ve a list of commonly asked tummy tuck questions for our patients for your convenience.
When Can I have Tummy Tuck procedure?
Patients may undergo a tummy tuck procedure if they are in good health, a stable weight that is about 10-15 pounds away from your ideal weight.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Good candidates for a Tummy Tuck are people have lost a significant amount of weight and can be either male or female. Women who have finished having children are also a great candidates.
Can I get pregnant After A Tummy Tuck?
Patients can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, however Dr. Killeen advises to have this procedure after you are finished having children. The procedure involves tightening of the vertical muscles — future pregnancies will case the muscles to separate.
Is there any downtime with a Tummy Tuck procedure?
Downtime with a tummy tuck is generally 1-2 weeks depending on the patient. Numbness of the area is common for the first month after surgery; patients will wear compression garments for 4-6 weeks post-op.
What is the best advice for ensuring good Tummy Tuck results?
Dr. Killeen strongly advises her patients to avoid strenuous activity for at least 6 weeks during the recovery process. She also advises to eat healthy to expedite the healing process