Tummy Tuck Surgery – Abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck surgery, also called an abdominoplasty, removes excess and/or sagging fat and skin to improve the overall shape and tone of your abdomen, or midsection. In some cases it can also include tightening of the abdominal muscles as well. Several types of patients can be excellent candidates, including those who desire an improved cosmetic look to their abdomen – better contour and shape – a tight, flat and smooth stomach. Patients with a history of obesity and have lost at least 80 pounds with diet and exercise or gastric bypass can also be good candidates, and this is also a popular procedure for those who have had children. Because of severe stretching from obesity or other factors, the abdomen loses its elasticity, and skin in this area becomes loose and redundant. Surgery becomes an option when reshaping these areas cannot be achieved by weight loss and exercise alone.
Most tummy tuck surgeries are conducted by incision and removal of excess fat and skin. Incisions can vary in size based on the condition of the skin, and some cases need only liposuction, while others do best with a combination of the above. The best approach will be determined for you by your body shape, the condition of your skin, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck surgery?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck;
- Your weight loss has stabilized and you are in good physical condition
- You are bothered by your appearance because of excess skin and fat, after significant weight loss or pregnancy, or because of the way you have naturally developed
- You have loose or sagging skin around your abdominal area
- Your abdominal muscles have been stretched and weakened (for example, from pregnancy) and it cannot be corrected through exercise
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Considerations with Tummy Tuck Surgery – Abdominoplasty:
Age: A tummy tuck can be performed at any age. You must be able to withstand the stresses of anesthesia and surgery, which will be discussed at your initial consultation
Weight: It is important that you complete your weight loss prior to surgery, otherwise the problems may reappear. Afterward, it will be essential to maintain your weight. Gaining significant weight after surgery is extremely damaging to your skin, causing stretch marks and potentially worsening scars.
Pregnancy: It is also important to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable body changes and can affect the long-term results of your surgery.
Surgery and Recovery
A tummy tuck is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your incisions will be wrapped in gauze dressings and may include drain tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complications and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your incisions will be tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must not lift, pull, or push anything and do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least two to three weeks. Dressings will be removed within several days and you may be required to wear a supportive garment. Swelling and discoloration may occur. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome. Depending on the extent of the surgery, it may take many months to a year to see final results.