It can be discouraging when you look down and realize your stomach has seen better days. You may feel pretty good otherwise, but no one wants a bulging midsection with sagging skin. Dr. Michael Tantillo can help with abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in his Boston area practice. He understands that no amount of crunches or dieting will restore your abdominal skin and muscles to their original shape, and belly fat is some of the toughest to get rid of.
Ready to learn more about tummy tuck surgery? To visit with Dr. Tantillo in person, request a consultation with him at Longwood Plastic Surgery. Also, be sure to view before & after photos of our abdominoplasty patients in our online gallery.
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What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure for women and men who remain unsatisfied with their abdominal area in spite of diet and exercise. People visit Dr. Tantillo near Boston for tummy tuck surgery to enhance the look of their abdominal area by:
- Removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the lower part of the abdomen
- Tightening weakened or separated abdominal wall muscles
- Sculpting the waistline
- Flattening out the tummy
If you have only minimal sagging and fairly tight abdominal muscles, you might benefit from the less invasive "mini-abdominoplasty." This procedure involves a shorter recovery period than the conventional tummy tuck. Some patients might be satisfied with liposuction in the Boston area alone, while liposuction can enhance the tummy tuck procedure for others. A tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures performed as part of a mommy makeover. During your consultation, Dr. Tantillo will help you decide which procedure or combination of procedures will best give you the improvements you desire.
Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Ideal candidates for this procedure are women and men who are:
- At a stable weight
- Physically healthy, non-smokers
- Dissatisfied with the look of their abdomen
- Not considering future pregnancies
Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss method, nor is it a substitute for regular exercise. It is an effective, long-lasting way to enhance your abdominal contour. The procedure can be very effective in treating fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. The best way to determine if tummy tuck surgery is right for you is to talk with Dr. Tantillo one-on-one in your personal consultation.
Recovery & Results
After your procedure, your abdomen will look flatter and leaner. However, your treated areas will be swollen, and you'll need to wear a compression garment for a week or two. Dr. Tantillo will recommend that you gradually resume light activity to encourage healing. He allows most of his patients to return to work and non-strenuous activity within 2 to 3 weeks following surgery.
Once recovery is complete, Dr. Tantillo's tummy tuck patients feel attractive and more confident both in and out of their clothing. Imagine no more extra skin spilling over your waistband and no more tummy bulge in flowing dresses and skirts. A slim, trim abdominal profile is possible with a tummy tuck.
Be sure to visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page for more answers to common questions about this transformative surgery.
Your Next Step
It's easy to get started with your cosmetic procedure. To meet with Dr. Michael Tantillo, request your consultation online or call him at the office of Longwood Plastic Surgery (888) 661-7136.