This is a great example of a patient who had focused on fitness, but realized her abdominal laxity could not improve without surgery. She has maintained her fitness level after surgery, for a great result and scar quality at 6 months. Implant size is 300cc.
This patient had taken attempts to regain tone and fitness to the ultimate degree. Her lateral photo demonstrates how centralization of the abdominal muscles helps move the pelvis into a more healthy anatomic alignment with the spine. These photos were taken at 11 months post op. Implant size is 325cc.
Tummy tucks have become one of my most favorite surgical procedures. Your abdomen is a very visible and aesthetically important area. A firm smooth abdomen is a sign of good health and is something even the most health and exercise conscious person cannot improve upon in the setting loose skin and muscle after weight loss or child birth. Helping to improve this is very rewarding and my experience with this surgery over the years has allowed me to maximize cosmetic results and maintain the most comfortable and safe recovery possible.
Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
You are an excellent candidate for an abdominoplasty if you have loose skin on your lower abdomen or distention of the abdominal wall. Some people have loose tummy muscles after large amounts of weight loss or pregnancy which can sometimes be associated with herniation of the belly button tissue (umbilical hernia). This procedure will tighten the muscles and remove excess skin which are resistant to diet and exercise. It is important to decide whether or not you need a tummy tuck before proceeding with a belly button hernia surgery as the method to repair the hernia may make a safe tummy tuck result impossible.
WHERE ARE THE SCARS?
Scars will be hidden around your belly button and across your lower body under the underwear or bikini line. C-section or other scars on the lower abdomen will be removed with this procedure. You can tailor the location of the scar based on your preference to a certain degree. The length of the scar depends on the amount of tissue which needs to be removed.
WHAT IS A MINI TUMMY TUCK?
This procedure is good for someone whose upper abdomen is tight and all excess skin is localized below the belly button. The scar needed in this surgery is usually shorter as less tissue is removed.
CAN I COMBINE TUMMY TUCK WITH OTHER SURGERY?
Many patients combine tummy tuck with other procedures. I will often recommend simultaneous liposuction to sculpt the sides and back to match the new front of your waist. Depending on your medical risks, a variety of other surgeries can be performed simultaneously.
WILL THIS SURGERY GET RID OF ALL MY STRETCH MARKS?
Most stretch marks below the belly button can be removed with this surgery. It depends on location and the amount of excess skin whether or not most can be removed.
WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE THE RESULTS OF MY SURGERY?
Smoking is a very significant risk factor for poor outcomes in most plastic surgery operations. Healing is reduced and the chance of infection is increased in smokers. We recommend you stop smoking at a minimum of two weeks prior to your operation. As with other body contouring operations, avoiding weight gain is very important during the healing stages. It is also important to discuss any problems with excessive bleeding or blood clots with your surgeon.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY?
You will usually go home the same day after surgery and recover in your own home or a care facility which specializes in taking care of plastic surgery patients. You will need to wear an elastic compression bandage and relax in a somewhat flexed position for the first few days after surgery. You will be walking the day of surgery and you will be able to get around well enough a week after surgery to perform non-strenuous activity.