Every year, thousands of men and women achieve a slim, toned midsection with abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck.”
- 1 The Tummy Tuck
- 2 Good Tummy Tuck Candidates
- 3 Before & After Photos
- 4 Types of Tummy Tuck
- 5 The Procedure
- 6 Complementing Procedures
- 7 The Recovery
- 8 A More Beautiful You – Tummy Tuck Results
- 9 Cost
The Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck, alternatively known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure specially designed to enhance the appearance of the abdomen. During a tummy tuck procedure, loose abdominal skin is excised and the abdominal muscles are tightened with sutures. The skin is then pulled tight to create a defined, flatter midsection.
Good Tummy Tuck Candidates
Good tummy tuck candidates for a tummy tuck are patients with loose skin of the abdomen due to pregnancy or weight loss, often with stretch marks and a protruding abdomen from weak musculature. The surgery is not intended to get rid of fat, although patients do have the option of receiving liposuction treatment in conjunction with a tummy tuck. Patients who could benefit from this procedure will be unhappy with the appearance of their abdominal region, but have a realistic idea of the aesthetic outcome they are aiming for.
Before & After Photos
Types of Tummy Tuck
There are several variations of the tummy tuck procedure, and choosing between them will depend on each patient’s body type and desired results. The type you choose can also affect other factors of getting surgery, like recovery measures, potential side effects, and cost.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck – also referred to as a partial abdominoplasty – is well geared toward people who have a small “pooch” between the navel and the pubic area. This technique is usually reserved for women and men who are in good shape but do not have success defining their lower abdomen despite excise and a healthy diet. For such situations the mini tummy tuck can create a flat stomach with far less physical impact on the patient. In the mini tummy tuck, only the lower abdominal skin and muscles are addressed. This has the advantage of being a far shorter and less invasive surgical procedure, which means a shorter healing period, less post-surgical discomfort, a smaller incision, and less need for general anesthesia to be administered.
Full Tummy Tuck
In a full abdominoplasty, all the skin between the pubic area and the belly button is removed, then the upper abdominal skin is undermined to the ribcage and pulled down all the way to the pubic area. The abdominal wall is tightened as well, and results in a more complete makeover of the area leading to a more shapely, sculpted midsection.
Extended Tummy Tuck
For patients with an extensive amount of excess skin, an extended tummy tuck may be required. This is simply a full tummy tuck with an extended incision. This incision may go all the way around to the back in order to get out the necessary amount of skin.
The procedure generally is performed in two to five hours in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility. Most patients are given general anesthesia although some physicians prefer intravenous sedation. Typically, during the tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Schusterman separates the skin from the abdominal wall, tightens the abdominal muscles by pulling them closer together and sutures them into a new, taut position. The skin is stretched down and additional lax skin will be removed.
There are a few options for complementing surgeries that may be undertaken in addition to the tummy tuck. If you wish to recreate your whole figure, Dr. Schusterman offers a variety of methods to enhance not only your abdomen but your breasts, buttocks, and more.
Liposuction can be a great addition to a tummy tuck because it eliminates localized fat deposits. Most often the flank area above the hips is treated with liposuction. Combined with the tummy tuck, this gives a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing waistline. The treatment is perfect for stubborn fat deposits in the region that patients struggle to get rid of through a healthy diet and exercise. It can also be applied to other parts of the body like the back and thighs to improve your whole figure.
The liposuction element can also give you an occasion to develop the size and shape of other parts of the body. Fat that is taken out with liposuction can be transferred to parts like the breasts and buttocks, and even coupled with other lifts and enhancements, so you can have curves in all the right places in addition to a flatter, more sensual stomach.
Many women choose to undergo a breast procedure of some type to complement their new defined stomach. There are a few different alternatives in this category as well; for instance, if the patient is receiving liposuction, this can provide a great opportunity for Dr. Schusterman to transfer the fat that is removed to the breasts, creating a fuller and more pleasing bosom. You can also decide on a breast enhancement without the augmentation part, which simply removes excess skin and boosts the breasts for a very perky effect.
The Mommy Makeover gives patients the chance to do a full-body service. It is an extremely customizable set of procedures that you can work with Dr. Schusterman to tailor to your every aesthetic desire. Tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation and enhancement, butt lift, and fat transfer are all wonderful enhancements that can work as part of this package.
Pain medication is taken for the first few days to alleviate any discomfort. Some patients return home the day of surgery, while others may stay overnight, depending on the individual case. Most patients will need to miss five to seven days of work. After your tummy tuck surgery, we suggest you allow six weeks before resuming exercise, heavy lifting or strenuous activities. Scarring will fade considerably over time. Short of considerable weight gain or pregnancy, results from a tummy tuck can last indefinitely. Please continue to lead a healthy lifestyle to help ensure this.
Of course, undergoing further procedures simultaneously with the tummy tuck will lengthen the period of recovery after surgery, as well as the cost. Depending on which components of the Mommy Makeover you land on, make sure you have enough time to recover fully and limit any risk of complication, side effects, or failure to achieve the end results you want.
A More Beautiful You – Tummy Tuck Results
Some results of an abdominoplasty should be visible immediately following the procedure. Excess skin which used to hang loosely in the area will be gone and remaining skin tighter. As the natural post-op swelling and bruising recede, the more complete new appearance will emerge and you will see a smoother stomach with tighter abdominal muscles and a more appealing shape. You should see your full desired results within a couple months as the side effects of surgery go away and your body heals and acclimates to its new form.
Because abdominoplasty is so individualized, its cost will be dictated by factors like which type of tummy tuck you get (mini, full, or extended, as listed above), whether you choose to pair it with liposuction treatment to remove fat, and which specific problem areas you wish to address. Financing options are available. Please feel free to contact us today to request a tummy tuck consultation.