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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
If you feel self-conscious due to a less-than-perfect stomach appearance, the talented tummy tuck surgeons of Regional Plastic Surgery Center can help you enhance both your body contours and self-confidence. They use leading-edge surgical techniques to eliminate excess, saggy skin tissue that often accumulates in the stomach area following pregnancy and massive weight changes.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
During tummy tuck surgery—or abdominoplasty—excess skin is removed from the midsection and abdominal musculature may be tightened to create smoother, leaner waistline contours and a flatter tummy. To remove stubborn fat deposits and further sculpt the region, liposuction techniques are often incorporated into the surgical plan. Women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy figure as well as individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight are often the best candidates for abdominoplasty. At Regional Plastic Surgery Center, our plastic surgeons routinely perform tummy tuck surgery for both women and men with excellent results.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Do?
Tummy tuck surgery is a dynamic plastic surgery procedure that can achieve a wide range of impressive cosmetic and structural improvements to the midsection. When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, abdominoplasty can:
- Reduce loose, excess skin in the abdomen
- Eliminate tummy rolls and a protruding lower-abdomen
- Tighten the waistline
- Smooth abdominal contours
- Tighten and repair stretched or torn abdominal muscles
- Reshape the midsection
- Reduce the appearance of “love handles”
- Remove inelastic skin and stretch marks
Each tummy tuck is highly customized and designed to meet the specific needs and goals of the patient. In some cases, liposuction techniques may be included in the surgical plan to help remove fat and sculpt the abdomen and flanks for optimal results. The results achieved with tummy tuck surgery are usually quite dramatic, and many women enjoy being able to wear a bikini again once they have recovered from their procedure.
Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction
Many of our patients ask about the differences between abdominal liposuction and a tummy tuck. While abdominal liposuction provides a way to sculpt and remove fat from the midsection, tummy tuck surgery is designed to remove stretched skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. For patients with a small to moderate amount of localized abdominal fat and good skin elasticity, liposuction may be the most appropriate way to contour the midsection. However, liposuction performed in areas without good skin elasticity or abdominal muscle tone can potentially exacerbate sagging skin and may not adequately address abdominal protrusion. Your plastic surgeon can advise you on the best approach for achieving your goals during your one-on-one consultation.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
People with loose skin and excess fat in the abdominal area are often good Dallas tummy tuck candidates. Genetics and substantial weight loss cause skin to lose its elasticity and sag, and fat to accumulate. Tummy tuck is often performed as part of the body lift procedure for post-bariatric surgery patients. In addition, pregnancy can separate and weaken abdominal muscles, as well as create stretch marks. Individuals suffering from these aesthetic problems often come to the offices of Regional Plastic Surgery Center to obtain consultations and treatments from leading cosmetic surgeons.
Before the Abdominoplasty Procedure
During the initial consultation concerning tummy tuck, a complete medical history is taken. The incision made and techniques used will depend upon the circumstances of our tummy tuck patients. Patients should tell their plastic surgeon of any previous abdominal surgeries, as existing scarring can affect results. Female patients should discuss their plans to become pregnant, as well as plans for other surgery, such as breast augmentation. Our cosmetic surgeon will examine the abdominal area and assess the skin’s elasticity. Our patients should be candid about their abdominoplasty expectations.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
The typical abdominoplasty procedure for our patients begins with an incision placed just within or above the pubic area that is laterally extended in each direction toward the pelvic bones. When possible, the incision will remain in an area that is easily covered by a bathing suit or undergarments. A second incision will be made above the navel if loose skin is there as well. Excess skin is removed and, when possible, skin containing stretch marks is removed. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. The remaining abdominal skin is pulled down to the incision and stitched to the muscle to tighten the area. The navel is repositioned through an incision in the skin.
What to Expect After Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty is usually performed as a short-stay surgery. After surgery, the abdomen is bandaged. Our surgeons usually perform drain-less tummy tucks but there may be a need for small tubes to be attached to help drain fluids. These tubes are removed in a week or so. Pain medication is prescribed, but our office should be contacted if severe pain occurs. The day after surgery, our tummy tuck patients are encouraged to move around to promote blood circulation. Sitting for an extended time, straining, bending, and lifting should be avoided for several days. Our patients may be told to sleep on their back with a pillow beneath the knees. Support garments may have to be worn for several weeks. Our cosmetic surgeons determine when our patients can resume normal activities and return to work after abdominoplasty.
Stitches are usually self-absorbable and do not need to be removed. The incision will initially be red and will remain red for several months. The incision is permanent, although it will fade with time. The area may be numb, and it could be several months before all feeling is regained. It will usually take several weeks for bruising and swelling to diminish.
Tummy Tuck Results
When the swelling is gone, what is left behind is a firmer, flatter abdominal area. The large majority of abdominoplasty patients are thrilled with the outcome. View our tummy tuck before and after photo gallery to see the incredible body sculpting results abdominoplasty can achieve. Abdominoplasty results at our surgical center usually last a long time unless our patient gains or loses a substantial amount of weight. Eventually, aging and gravity may cause the abdomen to sag again. If this happens, another abdominoplasty procedure can be performed in our surgical facility.
Tummy Tuck Risks
All of our plastic surgeons have at least six years of surgical training and experience. Patient safety is our top priority. Still, complications remain possible, despite the fact that thousands of people each year successfully undergo a tummy tuck. Our plastic surgeons will discuss these in detail during the consultation. Complications from abdominoplasty include bleeding, infections, and negative reactions to anesthesia. Further, tissue along the incision may die; this typically happens when the procedure is extensive or the patient smokes or has certain medical conditions such as diabetes. If incisions heal poorly, additional surgery may help. Fluid may accumulate under the skin but can be painlessly removed.
Contact Us for a Tummy Tuck Consultation
If you would like to learn whether you are a tummy tuck candidate, please contact Regional Plastic Surgery Center today. The practice’s talented surgeons offer a range of body enhancement procedures besides abdominoplasty. In fact, they are renowned as leading breast lift and breast reduction surgeons.