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Commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to create a tighter, flatter stomach by removing excess abdominal fat and skin and tightening abdominal muscles. Fluctuating weight, pregnancy, heredity or aging can all contribute to weakness in the abdominal wall and muscles, or skin that sags. A tummy tuck procedure can help to re-contour and restore abdominal firmness for a leaner looking, smoother profile.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Sometimes exercise and diet aren’t enough. Childbirth and significant weight gain are among factors that contribute to abdominal muscle separation or weakness, protrusion, and skin that stretches or sags. Once skin has been expanded to cover a larger area, it doesn’t always tighten back up when you reduce your body mass. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) can be highly rewarding, dramatically improving your look and leaving you with a trimmer, flatter midsection.
During a tummy tuck, an incision is typically made above the pubic area extending outward on both sides, and another is made around the navel. Incisions can vary somewhat with the extent of the patient’s needs. Excess skin and fat are removed, weakened muscles are tightened, and suturing is applied. Liposuction may also be used for improved contouring.
In some cases where there is a lesser amount of excess skin, a mini-abdominoplasty may be appropriate. A mini-abdominoplasty removes a smaller amount of skin below the navel. There is no change in the navel itself.
At Healing Waters, you will receive expert guidance and care from your plastic surgeon, who will work with you to customize your procedure to fit your needs and aesthetic goals.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos
Mommy makeover patient. Received mini tummy tuck with breast augmentation.
Patient of Dr. Rieger.
Mommy makeover patient. Received tummy tuck with breast augmentation. Patient of Dr. Rieger.
Mommy makeover patient. Received tummy tuck with liposuction. Patient of Dr. Rieger.
Individual results will vary. Results are not guaranteed.
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“I had the best tummy tuck experience . . . I was well informed, made to feel comfortable, special and beautiful. I had absolutely no problems or issues and would highly recommend Healing Waters and this procedure. I feel like a new woman!”
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Frequently Asked Questions
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are in good health, are at a stable weight and in reasonably good shape. They typically have excess abdominal fat, weakened muscles or loose skin, and desire a flatter abdominal profile. Patients who undergo the procedure are often mothers seeking to restore their body contours to pre-pregnancy shape, or individuals who have had significant weight loss, but find that remaining abdominal fat or sagging skin is resistant to diet and exercise.
A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss or exercise. Continued fluctuations in weight can greatly diminish the results. Individuals considering pregnancy or intending to lose substantial weight may be advised to postpone the procedure.
The plastic surgeons at Healing Waters are committed to ensuring that potential candidates and patients are well informed and at ease. Your surgeon will conduct a thorough review of your health, lifestyle, risk factors and goals to determine whether abdominoplasty is the right treatment option for you. For more information, contact Healing Waters for a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.
Most abdominoplasty patients are thrilled with their flatter abdomen and firmer, slimmer silhouette. Specific results can vary. Those that are most satisfied with their results are those that adapt their lifestyle to maintain their results.
Following surgery, you can expect swelling as well as pain and discomfort that can be managed with rest and medication. Compression garments are normally recommended for up to one month post-surgery. Drains to remove excess fluid may be used for a short time during recovery. Many patients are mobile within one to two weeks, though a return to full activity will generally take several weeks, and strenuous activity should be avoided. Your surgeon will tailor post-surgical instructions and advice to your individual situation to help ensure the smoothest possible recovery with excellent result.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss the risks and potential complications with you in depth before surgery. Significant complications are unlikely, but can occur. Some potential complications include bleeding, fluid collection, infection, delayed healing, tissue loss, increased scarring, numbness or asymmetrical contours. It is essential to adhere closely to your surgeon’s pre and post-op instructions to reduce your risk of developing unwanted complications.
If you are a smoker, significantly overweight, have certain medical conditions or are taking medications that interfere with circulation or healing, this procedure may not be right for you at this time. Your surgeon will conduct a thorough review of your health, lifestyle and risk to determine your candidacy and options.
The extent of scarring will vary with the amount of skin removed and the surgical technique used. Typically, scarring follows the bikini line, extending from hip to hip above the pubic region, and is easily concealed with clothing. Scarring is permanent, but in most cases tends to fade in a matter of months. During the initial weeks of recovery it is important to follow all post-surgical advice, maintain good health and nutrition, use caution with exposure of scars to sunlight, and avoid activity that will place strain on the incision. Your plastic surgeon will be happy to answer questions and discuss options for reducing the appearance of scarring.
Some individuals are prone to scarring that is red and raised (keloid), or dark in color (hypertrophic). If you are aware of any such tendency, you should discuss your options with your surgeon, who can discuss ways to obtain optimal scarring.
Individual recovery times and needs vary. Most patients return to work within two weeks, but strenuous activity should be avoided for longer.
It is recommended that childbearing be completed before undergoing abdominoplasty. Pregnancy can have an unpredictable impact on your results or may undo the benefits. Abdominal skin may stretch and have increased laxity.
A mini-abdominoplasty addresses a smaller area of the lower abdomen in cases where the patient has firmer abdominal muscles and less excess skin. The procedure is less invasive than a traditional, full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Incision is not required around the navel.
A full abdominoplasty is more suited to patients with a significant degree of abdominal muscle laxity, excess fat or sagging skin. These are more commonly performed on patients who have lost a large amount of weight or experienced muscle separation or weakness from pregnancy or other factors.
Liposuction may be performed with either procedure. Liposuction is typically done to improve the contour of the waistline (muffin top or love handles).
Not at all. Abdominoplasty can be an effective option for both men and women. Whether male or female, if you are considering having a tummy tuck and would like to arrange a personal consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, contact Healing Waters for an appointment.
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