Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems. In such cases, you may consider a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) to sculpt a slimmer waistline and achieve a flatter belly. Menard Plastic Surgery, located in Tuscaloosa and serving residents in the Tuscaloosa area, is led by esteemed plastic surgeon Dr. John Menard, a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, often including repositioning of abdominal muscles into a tighter formation. This body enhancement procedure is designed for those who wish to have a flatter and tighter stomach. It is also helpful in remedying the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis, which can occur following pregnancy. Some patients may qualify for a less invasive procedure known as a mini tummy tuck.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive, less comprehensive surgery than the tummy tuck and concentrates on tightening and toning the area of the lower abdomen from the navel to the pubic bone. In this surgery, there is no incision around the navel, so there will not be any improvement in the upper abdomen. A full abdominoplasty does include a navel incision and does provide upper abdominal improvement.
Why Should I Consider an Abdominoplasty?
- Inability of dieting and exercise to improve the abdominal area
- Excessive accumulation of skin following weight loss
- Loss of skin elasticity or diastasis (loose abdominal muscles) due to pregnancy or aging
- The removal of unsightly skin and fat deposits as well as the proper alignment of the abdominal muscles to produce a more flattering look
What Happens During the Procedure?
Abdominoplasty usually takes between 1.5 to 3 hours , depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around to the back.If improvement in the upper abdomen is also desired, an incision is then made around the navel to free up the upper abdominal skin. The skin is then lifted off of the underlying muscles, and excess skin is removed. In many cases the abdominal muscles are tightened to provide a firmly contoured abdomen and well-defined waistline. Finally, the incision is closed; and the skin is sutured back into place.
What Kind of Recovery is Required After a Tummy Tuck?
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest along with limitation of aggressive exercises to speed up the healing process and recovery time. As the body recuperates, the patient can expect some swelling, pain, and discomfort. Medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure. The sutures will be removed shortly after the surgery depending on the procedure(s) involved. Patients are able to return to a light duty job in 10-14 days, and heavier duty jobs in 4-6 weeks. It may take several months for the body to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration. With proper diet and exercise the striking results of the surgery will be long lasting.
Transform your figure with a tummy tuck procedure at Menard Plastic Surgery, performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Menard. If you live in the Tuscaloosa area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.