Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging can alter your body and your way of life. Before you realize it, unflattering silhouettes contribute to a discouraging level of confidence. These changes, such as excess skin and fat around the abdomen, can be so severe that the body fails to return to its normal shape even with diet and exercise. When skin is stretched beyond its capacity, and muscle tissue is weakened by muscle separation, the abdominal area has difficulty responding to a healthy lifestyle. Many body contouring procedures can help patients experiencing unflattering changes in their bodies, yet in cases where the abdominal area is affected, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) may be the best solution.
PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery is here to guide and assist you throughout your abdominoplasty journey. For a more involved conversation regarding how this procedure will improve the quality of your life, it is recommended that you schedule a consultation with one of our skilled tummy tuck surgeons.
Other Concerns About Tummy Tuck
What Will Happen During My Tummy Tuck Consultation?
During your initial tummy tuck consultation, you and your cosmetic surgeon will discuss the transformation that you wish to undergo. Your surgeon will explain the tummy tuck procedure protocol, what the tummy tuck can address, and your tummy tuck options. Naturally, your surgeon will ensure that your safety is a top priority. It should be noted that no surgery is without risk; however, tummy tuck complications are rare.
As you discuss your aesthetic goals, your surgeon will explain the differences between your tummy tuck options. The correct tummy tuck technique will be evaluated based on your health and determined by the extent of the fat deposits and laxity in your abdominal region. It is important for you to ask all the questions you have about tummy tuck surgery and request to see tummy tuck before-and-after pictures of your surgeon’s previous patients. These photos can be an essential factor in determining if this surgery and surgeon is right for you. You can also ask for patient references to open up a dialogue with people who have already received abdominoplasty. Patients that inform themselves with every resource they can, such as options, risks, and benefits, will often experience the most satisfactory results.
How Can I Improve My Appearance With a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck patients can dramatically improve their appearance by reducing localized fat and getting rid of excess skin. Their shape can also be significantly improved by correcting issues that arose after childbirth. Diastasis recti is one of these issues which causes a pooch-like appearance that can only be helped with surgical treatments, such as abdominoplasty. Additionally, some patients experience a more attractive demeanor, as the excess fat and separated abdominal muscles in the lower abdomen can affect your posture.
For many people, extra layers of skin can even prevent them from feeling comfortable and confident in their bodies or cause skin irritation and an inability to wear specific clothing. Tummy tuck surgery addresses these issues by tightening and repositioning the abdominal muscles and removing unwanted skin and fat from your abdomen to restore a toned tummy.
Tummy tuck surgery:
- Achieves a tight and smooth abdominal contour
- Reveals tone and definition in the abdominal muscles
- Removes stretch marks in the area of skin removed
- Restores confidence in your body
- Enhances overall silhouette and posture
The Tummy Tuck Procedure Like?
Tummy tuck surgery removes unwanted skin in the upper, middle, and lower abdomen to achieve a smooth and seamless abdominal silhouette. Loose abdominal muscles are sutured together for a more toned abdominal contour and firmer abdominal wall. Many patients who choose to get a tummy tuck suffer from diastasis recti. Diastasis recti occurs when the abdominal muscles become separated, causing an unsightly bulge. A tummy tuck corrects muscle separation and weakness, eliminating this protruding belly.
Patients have the opportunity to include liposuction with their chosen abdominoplasty. Liposuction is the disruption and removal of fatty deposits from the body, and this can be used to remove excess fat from the midsection for a firmer abdominal contour. Many patients receive more significant results when they combine their mini or full tummy tuck with liposuction of the midsection and other areas of the body.
As a mini tummy tuck is performed, a discreet incision is made below the bikini line. This incision is used to access the abdominal muscles for tightening, as the remaining skin is redraped and closed with several layers of sutures. Patients will find comfort in knowing that this is also a drainless procedure.
- Utilizes a single incision across the pubic area
- Removes skin from the lower abdomen and tightens slack muscles
- Ideal for patients with tissue laxity below the navel
- Patients are generally in good physical shape but cannot reach their desired abdominal contour through diet and exercise
When undergoing a full tummy tuck, your surgeon performs liposuction to contour the abdomen and hips. Once the contouring is finished, the abdominal muscles are tightened with three layers of closure, producing a firmer abdominal wall and a narrower waistline. The skin flap is then pulled down, and the extra skin is removed. Dressings are always applied with instructions on how to bathe or shower. With an approach tailored to your needs and the advancements of modern surgery, drains are no longer necessary. Drainless abdominoplasty techniques offer patients less pain, discomfort, and hassle.
- The incision runs the length of the lower abdomen, and a second incision is made around the navel
- Eliminates skin from the mid and lower abdomen
- Tightens loose abdominal muscles
- Ideal for patients that have excess skin and lax abdominal muscles as a result of weight loss or pregnancy
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Tummy tuck surgery is primarily designed to remove skin and tighten muscles, but fat removal can also be performed. If you have good skin tone, liposuction alone may be an ideal procedure for you. During your consultation, you will be evaluated to determine the best procedure to meet your needs.
You will experience bruising, redness, swelling, and mild discomfort immediately following your tummy tuck. You will be asked to wear a compression garment to facilitate the healing process. This garment protects the incisions and promotes proper blood circulation, which helps to reduce swelling. You will need to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least three to four weeks following your procedure. You should only resume your normal activities, including exercise, with your doctor’s approval.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which makes the procedure painless for the patient. You will experience the most discomfort during the first few days following your procedure. Oral medication is used to control post-operative pain. Some patients choose to use over-the-counter medication instead. This decision is often made based on a patient’s pain tolerance.
Tummy tuck surgery can result in some scarring. The extent depends on the length of the incision used, the healing process, and the patient’s predisposition to scarring. In some cases, the scar may extend from hip bone to hip bone, and in others, it may only run across the lower abdomen. Great care is taken to minimize scarring, and, if possible, incisions are located in areas that can be covered with a bathing suit or underwear. Most scars fade over time.
The cost of a tummy tuck differs from patient to patient depending on individual needs. Geographical location, surgical fees, anesthesia fees, and the extent of correction can all affect the ultimate cost of your tummy tuck. A more exact price will be discussed during your consultation. PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery also offers financing options, which you can view here.
Any prior surgery, such as a C-section, requires additional consulting and examination to make an accurate determination on the state of your abdominal wall and your candidacy. Still, with the right evaluation, you may be a viable candidate for a tummy tuck. Good candidates for a tummy tuck are women with drooping skin after childbirth, women who have lost a large amount of weight, menopausal women, or older individuals with loose skin due to age.
If you are a candidate for a tummy tuck, muscle repair can occur by way of surgically accessing the muscles through the belly button. This is sometimes combined with liposuction in a more precise technique called a mini-abdominoplasty. This procedure is ideal for people who have muscle separation. This procedure entails an incision along the pubic area through which the muscles below the belly button are tightened exclusively. If you do not suffer from extra skin, but extra fat and weak muscles, then liposuction and muscle repair through a smaller incision are possible.
It is possible to “pop” your tummy tuck stitches; however, this is uncommon. Patients who describe hearing or feeling a single popping sound are typically fine, but if you are concerned that your tummy tuck results will be compromised during the healing process, it is always important to see a doctor. One way to check your stitches is by performing a self-examination. Occasionally patients experience a benign popping that occurs as the area heals and begins to go down in inflammation. Ultimately, it is important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing significant changes in your body after surgery.
IUDs have become a viable source of relief for women who experience cramps and heavy periods. If you have not experienced any problems with an IUD thus far, there is typically no cause for concern. Still, it is important to get a second opinion from your gynecologist as it might be safe to insert the IUD several weeks before your tummy tuck or several weeks after.
It is possible to have a partial revision abdominoplasty treatment. This can be done with a scar revision procedure with or without some liposuction of the tissue above the scar.
While tummy tuck surgery has many benefits, it is not a catch-all solution for all abdominal concerns. Tummy tuck surgery cannot always remove stretch marks. The only marks that will be removed are the lines located on the skin that is excised; however, as this procedure results in a flatter, firmer abdomen, the remaining marks may be less noticeable. It is important to talk to a dermatologist or cosmetic specialist in scars and stretch marks to learn how to reduce them. Tummy tuck surgery can also not resolve weight issues and should not be considered weight-loss surgery. Even the localized reduction of fat deposits through liposuction cannot fully remove fat that amounts to significant weight. Lastly, tummy tuck surgery exclusively addresses the abdominal area and not the entirety of a patient’s hips. If patients want to address other areas, they should speak to their surgeon about other body-enhancing procedures and body contouring procedures.