A tummy tuck not only improves the contour of your abdomen and waistline, but heightens self-esteem as many women feel more confident wearing fitted clothing or sporting a bikini. A tummy tuck procedure at Cosmetic Surgery Associates will make you look good, and feel good too.
Many people feel frustrated with the appearance of their abdominal region, despite a routine of diet and exercise. Fortunately, Tummy Tuck surgery can dramatically slim your waistline to reveal a more toned look. At Cosmetic Surgery Associates, we strive to give you a better-contoured figure that can enhance your overall image and self-esteem.
- 1 What is a Tummy Tuck?
- 2 Reasons to Get a Tummy Tuck
- 3 Candidates
- 4 What to Expect During the Consultation
- 5 Preparing for your Tummy Tuck
- 6 Procedure Techniques
- 7 Ancillary Procedures
- 8 What to Expect During your Recovery
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, alternatively known as a Tummy Tuck, is a surgical procedure done to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles. Patients who consider a Tummy Tuck procedure may have recently given birth or lost a significant amount of weight. The excess skin men and women encounter from various reasons typically cannot be reduced solely through diet or exercise; this is where a Tummy Tuck can aid in contouring your midsection.
A tummy tuck, clinically known as Abdominoplasty, is an extremely popular procedure offered at Cosmetic Surgery Associates.
A tummy tuck is is designed to excise lax skin and localized fat deposits and tighten the abdominal muscles to create a beautifully defined, flat midsection. This procedure can also remove stretch marks caused by weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck is often paired with breast augmentation for a dramatically enhanced body contour.
It is our goal at Cosmetic Surgery Associates to help you reach all of your aesthetic goals; please feel free to schedule a consultation and begin your body contouring journey.
Reasons to Get a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck procedure from one of our accredited surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery associates will give you:
- Defined midsection and better posture
- Heightened self-esteem and self-confidence
- Youthful appearance
- Shape and contour that diet and exercise did not provide
- Regain ideal body proportions
- Comfortability in anything you wear, including bikinis
- Improved C-section scars or stretch marks
It is important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a replacement for working out.
This surgical procedure is reserved for patients who have not been successful in reducing their protruding abdomen or tighten abdominal skin through diet or exercise. In some cases, muscle and skin is stretched from weight gain or pregnancy to the point where only a surgical procedure can restore a flattened, defined abdominal wall.
A Tummy Tuck can be performed on its own, but often times it is paired with liposuction to remove additional fat. It can also be part of a Mommy Makeover, combining body and breast work to restore mother’s pre-baby bodies.
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are women who are in good health but not pleased with the appearance of their midsection.
Skin can become lax or abdomen muscles stretched because of pregnancy, significant weight loss, aging, or genetics. These patients must be at a stable weight; if you are obese this procedure may not be appropriate for you. Tummy tuck patients should not plan on becoming pregnant in the future as this will reverse results. During your consultation examination, your surgeon will be able to determine whether you could benefit from liposuction as well, or just need liposuction instead of a tummy tuck.
To find out if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, please feel free to schedule a consultation and one of our board certified plastic surgeons will be able to determine your candidacy.
This procedure is popular among women who have undergone multiple pregnancies and now have leftover stretched out skin. Those that have given birth or have lost a significant amount of weight usually gain the appearance of a protruding abdomen. Unfortunately for some of these individuals, dieting and exercise cannot reduce this appearance. The abdominal skin and muscle have been stretched to a point where it cannot return to normal without undergoing a surgical procedure.
If men have weakened abdominal muscles and excess skin, they can benefit from a Tummy Tuck as well. Abdominoplasty will help to shrink a person’s midsection, and in offering dramatic results, it can be life altering for many people. Depending on your condition, liposuction may be done in conjunction with this procedure.
It is important to know that a Tummy Tuck procedure should not be sought out as an alternative to weight loss. A Tummy Tuck is meant as a contouring method for those who have tried working out the abdominal region but have not seen results. Continuous exercise and eating healthy after your procedure will help secure lasting, beautiful results.
What to Expect During the Consultation
During your private consultation at Cosmetic Surgery Associates with one of our accredited surgeons, you will explain any concerns you have with your abdomen and your desired results. He will then perform a detailed examination and determine the ideal personalized technique that will provide you with your desired results. Once your candidacy are technique are confirmed, your surgeon will go over personalized preparation and postoperative instructions to help ensure your aesthetic goals are achieved. Please share any questions or concerns you have about the procedure; your surgeon will be more than happy to answer them.
Preparing for your Tummy Tuck
We know that each patient’s desires are different, so at CSA we will provide you with an individualized preparation plan to help meet your individual goals.
If you are a smoker you will be required to stop a few weeks prior to surgery, as well as continuing stopping for an allotted amount of time post-surgery. Certain tests and examinations will need to be completed as well to ensure that you are in good health to undergo your procedure. Arrange for a family member or friend to drive your home after your surgery as you will be unable to drive yourself. You will need someone stay overnight with you.
Rest is important for the healing process. Make sure you take at least a week off from work; this may vary depending on the individual case. Most people are able to return to a desk job within 1-2 weeks. Following all preparation instruction will help ensure optimal results.
Each patient will receive personalized preparation instructions that will aid in providing you with optimal results. Generally, you will be asked to:
- Stop smoking 3 weeks before your procedure.
- Make sure to complete all assigned medical examinations prior to your procedure.
- Avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications a month prior to your procedure.
- Make sure to drink a lot of water leading up to your surgery. Hydration is key for a successful procedure and recovery.
- Schedule at least a week off from work.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery, someone to stay with you overnight, and someone to help watch your children.
- Make sure recovery items (ice packs, food, toiletries, etc.) are at counter level.
A Tummy Tuck is a serious surgical procedure and should be handled with the utmost care and delicacy. Our doctors are dedicated to helping you achieve your ideal look and will do so with compassion and class. They are trusted by peers and patients alike, sharing a keen eye for aesthetic beauty.
There are several different techniques used for a Tummy Tuck. During your examination at your private consultation, one of our board certified surgeons will have assessed which technique will give you optimal results.
Each tummy tuck procedure varies in length, but a full or modified tummy tuck typically lasts 3 – 4 hours, and a mini tummy tuck takes 2 – 3 hours.
They are performed under local or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The goal is the make the incision as low as possible so it can easily be hidden with jeans or a bikini.The procedure begins will your surgeon marking where the incision will be made on your lower abdomen. Depending on the technique used, the incision will either run from hip to hip and around the bellybutton, or a smaller pubic incision generally about half that size. The skin is then loosened from the abdominal wall and the muscles are sutured together as appropriate. An incision will then be made (if necessary) in the redraped skin for the new positioning of the bellybutton. The incisions are then closed and drains are generally inserted to prevent fluid buildup.
Depending on the extent of your specific case, you will either require a:
Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck is a technique that tightens the abdominal muscles and excises lax skin and fat deposits from above and below the bellybutton. The bellybutton gets released from the surrounding skin, and a new circular incision is created for the bellybutton when the skin is redraped since the old positioning gets removed in the excision process. This presents the opportunity of creating a smaller, proportionate bellybutton.
Modified Tummy Tuck
A modified tummy tuck is reserved for patients who only wish to address either abdominal skin laxity or abdominal muscle weakness. This technique will provide slight contouring; results are not as dramatic as a full tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck generally addresses lax skin and muscle tightening underneath the bellybutton, but can be performed above the bellybutton as well. The excising and tightening of skin and muscles is not extensive enough to require release of the bellybutton. A mini tummy tuck is reserved for those who are in fairly good shape and only need minimal correcting, and as a results the incision will be shorter than that of a full tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck provides beautifully contoured results on its own, but result can be heightened by undergoing additional body contouring procedures.
Breast augmentation, another one of our very popular specialties, is a procedure that surgically inserts implants into the breasts to increase the size and volume of the bust. Breast augmentation + tummy tuck combination is often performed as a Mommy Makeover procedure, restoring mother’s pre-pregnancy bodies to be slim and defined. There are numerous option to choose from when considering breast augmentation, such as implant size, implant shape, placement of implant, type of implant, etc. Your surgeon will gladly help you with each decision to make sure you receive your desired body enhancing results.
Breast lift + tummy tuck is another option for a Mommy Makeover. A breast lift surgically lifts the breasts to a more youthful elevation and also firms the breasts. With age or breastfeeding, the breasts begin to lose volume and skin laxity causes the bust to sag. A breast lift removes lax, excess skin from the breast to elevate them to a higher position. Breast augmentation can be done in conjunction with your breast lift to create larger, lifted breasts.
Liposuction is very commonly performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck. While tummy tucks can remove some fat deposits, larger amounts of fat will require liposuction. Liposuction is a procedure which removes fat through suction from different areas of the body. Either traditional liposuction can be used, or SmartLipo which uses laser technology to break up fat before suctioning, making it easier and more comfortable.
What to Expect During your Recovery
Tummy tuck recovery begins once the procedure is completed and you are brought to the recovery room. Friendly and attentive nursing staff are there to keep you as comfortable as possible as you slowly wake from the anesthesia.
Depending on the specific case, you may be given an antibiotic, pain reducer, anti-nausea, and/or anti-clotting medication to aid in your recovery.
Preventing clotting is important after surgeries and can further be avoided by walking. Drains are typically placed to catch any excess fluid from your procedure; your surgeon will advise you on how to care for them. They are generally removed at your first follow-up appointment.
You will go home in a compression garment to help the abdomen form to its new contour and fight against swelling; it should remain on until instructed otherwise. Please have someone drive you home since you will not be able to drive for at least a week. When sleeping, it is necessary to be propped up at a 45 degree angle with your legs slightly elevated. You should be able to return to normal daily activities and work between 1-2 weeks, and strenuous activities in 4-6 weeks. Some side effects of tummy tuck surgery may include swelling, bruising, redness; these will go away on their own with time.