Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
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What Are Your Needs?
Tighter, Smoother Skin
Weight loss, pregnancy, and age-related loss of skin elasticity can result in loose, hanging abdominal skin. This excess skin obscures your abdominal shape and often leaves patients displeased with their appearance. Tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin to reveal a tighter, smoother abdomen.
Restored Abdominal Contour
During pregnancy, your abdominal muscles must stretch to accommodate your growing baby. This often results in diastasis recti, a condition characterized by stretched or separated abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery tightens these muscles to restore pre-pregnancy abdominal contours.
Excess skin and fat or loose abdominal muscles can make patients self-conscious about their appearance in social and professional settings. Tummy tuck surgery remedies this so that patients can embrace and show off their newly tightened abdomen.
Designing Your Tummy Tuck
- Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery present loose skin, excess fat, and diastasis recti following pregnancy or weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery removes unwanted tissue and tightens damaged abdominal muscles. Candidates must be nonsmokers in good general health who have realistic expectations of their results.
- During your consultation, Dr. Grazer will examine your excess skin, your level of skin elasticity, the condition of your abdominal muscles, and whether excess pockets of fat are present so that he can determine the appropriate surgical technique.
- Tummy tuck surgery is performed under local anesthesia with IV (intravenous) sedation under the care of a board-certified MD anesthesiologist. This type of anesthesia offers safety, comfort, and a quicker recovery.
- The incision is made from one hip to the other at or beneath the bikini line. This incision may be shorter if less correction is needed.
- Abdominal muscles and tissues are tightened and repositioned to reveal a slender and sculpted abdomen.
- Excess, hanging skin is trimmed, and the incisions are closed. If necessary, drains are placed to prevent fluid accumulation.
Combining Liposuction With Tummy Tuck
- Liposuction can be performed with tummy tuck surgery to remove pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. This procedure permanently reduces fat cells in the abdominal region to provide a smoother and slimmer abdominal contour.
As tummy tuck surgery requires incisions, you can expect bruising, swelling, and soreness in the abdominal region in the initial stage of your recovery. Prescribed medication can remedy this discomfort. Following your operation, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first night to help with all household chores and food preparation. While it is essential to get on your feet as soon as possible to promote circulation and prevent blood clots, you also want to take time to rest and relax. You must not lift anything over ten pounds for six weeks and should be cautious of bending over too much. Most patients resume working and their regular routines after 14 days. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for at least six weeks.
Some scarring will develop at the incision sites. Dr. Grazer places the incision low on the abdomen so that the resulting scars are easy to conceal. To prevent the worsening of this scarring, be sure to keep your incisions out of the sun and try to minimize any tugging or stretching of the incision during the healing process. Silicone strips and gel can be used to reduce the appearance of scars, and they are likely to fade with time.
The cost of your tummy tuck depends on many factors including the extent of your procedure, the techniques used, and whether any other surgeries are being performed. Additional costs include anesthesia fees, surgeon’s fees, and facility fees. Dr. Grazer uses a certified surgery center to perform all procedures. Dr. Grazer and his team will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of combining liposuction with my tummy tuck?
Combining procedures is often recommended if you are interested in addressing multiple areas of concern. By performing liposuction alongside your tummy tuck, you can achieve more noticeable results with fewer days of surgery and shorter recovery since you will be recovering from both procedures simultaneously.
Are there non-surgical ways to achieve the results of a surgical tummy tuck?
While non-surgical fat removal procedures exist, their results can never match the quality of a tummy tuck. Non-surgical procedures only reduce excess fat while tummy tuck surgery focuses on excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles. No non-surgical procedure can target those two areas.
What are the potential risks and complications associated with tummy tuck surgery?
Complications from tummy tuck surgery are rare. However, as with any surgical procedure, they are possible. These complications can include:
- An adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Prolonged swelling
- Fluid accumulation
- Blood clots
- Changes in skin sensation
- Poor wound healing
You can help reduce the risk of complications by following all of Dr. Grazer’s instructions both before and after surgery.
Will my results be permanent?
Tummy tuck surgery produces long-lasting results. However, they will only be permanent if you put effort into maintaining an exercise routine and healthy diet. Even with a healthy lifestyle, you will still be subject to future aging-related changes.