Body Shaping Procedures After a Tummy Tuck

If you are undergoing a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty procedure, you won’t see the full results until several months after your procedure. While most people can return to work and regular activities within a few weeks after surgery, they don’t experience any skin tightening effects until they have worn supportive garments for several weeks, and undergone some type of body shaping or body contouring procedure.  Take a look at these tummy tuck before and after photos to see some successful results of this procedure. Here you will learn what other treatments were performed to achieve the patient’s “after” results.

What are Some Body Shaping Options After a Tummy Tuck?

Some plastic surgeons recommend a series of body shaping treatments after the tissues have fully healed. These can be very effective for tightening, toning, and strengthening the skin around the abdominal area.  The result is a sleeker, more attractive silhouette and fewer “lumps” where the surgery was performed.

All patients undergoing a tummy tuck need to wear compression garments for several weeks after their procedure. These tight-fitting garments help to push the skin tissues into their new position and also speed up the healing process. The garments are typically wrapped tightly around the waist and must be worn for several hours at time.

After the healing process is complete, the patient might undergo a series of the following types of body shaping procedures:

  • VelaSmooth – a skin smoothing treatment that also increases circulation to the treated area
  • VelaShape – a skin tightening and smoothing treatment that can help to create a contoured appearance
  • Endermologie – a massage-like treatment that can also tighten and tone the skin to create a streamlined appearance
  • Thermage – a skin tightening treatment that only needs to be performed once. This procedure helps to tighten any loose skin after fat removal.

Patients can also get a series of deep massage and lymphatic drainage massage sessions which promote circulation and speed up healing. Many plastic surgeons recommend lymphatic drainage during the healing process, as this unique massage technique helps to increase lymph flow, decreases water retention, and can also support the healthy healing process after surgery.

Talk to plastic surgeons in your area to find out more about body shaping procedures after tummy tuck surgery.