Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Despite being physically fit and in relatively good shape, many people are still bothered by an excess of skin and fat in the abdominal region that proves to be virtually impossible to get rid of through traditional means. Often resistant to even the most nutritious diets and rigorous exercise routines, this buildup of redundant skin and fat can be caused by pregnancy, significant weight loss, genetics, and/or simply the natural aging process.
At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, our board certified plastic surgeons offer tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) to tighten loose/stretched abdominal muscles, excise extra skin, and pull the remaining skin taut for a firmer, more toned midsection. Additionally, liposuction can also be performed to remove undesired fat, further enhancing the treatment area. By utilizing innovative surgical techniques, Dr. Daniel Y. Maman and Dr. Stafford R. Broumand can help you achieve a rejuvenated figure with beautiful, natural-looking results.
What Can Abdominoplasty Do for Me?*
Depending on your particular needs and desired outcome, tummy tuck surgery can be individualized to help:
- Significantly reduce an excess accumulation of abdominal skin and fat
- Tighten and smooth the lower stomach and abdomen
- Recontour the waistline for a slimmer, more toned appearance
- Provide an improved fit for particular articles of clothing
* results may vary
Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty can be a great surgical option for many men and women seeking to restore a flatter, tighter midsection. Good candidates for this procedure generally include individuals who have:
- Excess, hanging skin in the abdomen (with or without the presence of fat)
- Stretched and/or loose muscles of the abdominal wall
- Stretch marks throughout the abdominal region
- Lost a significant amount of weight and/or undergone bariatric surgery
In addition to these qualifications, candidates for tummy tuck surgery should be relatively healthy (no unmanaged medical risks), at or very near their desired weight, and have realistic expectations for the procedure. Those who smoke and/or use tobacco products must quit at least two weeks before surgery, and they should have no intention of resuming these habits afterward. During your consultation, all of these candidacy requirements will be discussed in full detail to determine if abdominoplasty is the right treatment for you at this time.
Considerations for Abdominoplasty
There is a variety of elements that factor into attaining an ideal abdominoplasty outcome. Below are a few key details to consider prior to pursuing tummy tuck surgery.
Our doctors generally advise that women planning to start or expand their family wait until after they are finished having kids to undergo abdominoplasty. This is not to say becoming pregnant following a tummy tuck will harm the patient or her child. Instead, the issue is the propensity for the physical effects associated with pregnancy to negatively impact the results of a previous procedure. The same can be said for individuals who gain a considerable quantity of weight after their surgery. In both of these instances, a second tummy tuck or revisional abdominoplasty may be needed and/or desired to restore an ideal outcome.
Body Contouring vs. Weight Loss Surgery
Abdominoplasty should never be considered a weight loss solution. While it is true that fat is often removed via liposuction as part of the procedure, this is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. The goal of tummy tuck surgery is to remove excess skin and tighten stretched musculature for an improved abdominal contour, not to help individuals lose weight. (Depending on the patient’s needs, the cumulative weight of tissues removed may be noticeable, but rarely does this amount to more than roughly 10 pounds.)
As with any surgical procedure, some degree of scarring is unavoidable following abdominoplasty. The length and width of your tummy tuck scar will depend on how much skin is removed, as well as how closely scar management directions are followed after surgery. The good news is, the abdominoplasty incision is made along the lower abdomen, enabling it to remain concealed underneath most bathing suit and underwear varieties.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Custom-tailored for each patient, the abdominoplasty technique Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman typically employ is a modified approach that blends the respective advantages of mini and full tummy tuck methods. During the procedure, an incision is first made as inconspicuously as possible along the lower abdomen. Through this incision, abdominal muscles spanning from the pubic region up to the ribcage are gently tightened, and excess skin is removed. Remaining skin is then pulled tight and secured for smoother, firmer aesthetic. If needed and/or desired, liposuction can also be performed to eliminate localized fat buildups in the midsection, and the belly button can either be preserved or relocated for an optimal result. The abdominoplasty procedure is conducted under general anesthesia and generally takes approximately two hours to complete, though this will ultimately depend on the individual’s specific needs and cosmetic desires.
Some minor swelling and/or bruising can often be expected following tummy tuck surgery, but these side effects should gradually subside over time. At our practice, Dr. Maman and Dr. Broumand generally use a 72-hour anesthetic known as EXPAREL® in combination with the abdominoplasty procedure to help minimize any pain that may be experienced in the first few postoperative days. After this time, any discomfort – though rare – can typically be managed with medication. The majority of individuals feel well enough to return to non-strenuous work and regular daily routines after about seven days, but it is advised that strenuous activities and vigorous exercise be avoided for a minimum of one month, as any action that places strain on the abdomen during this time may negatively affect proper healing. Once the swelling from surgery has dissipated, patients should begin to notice the full effects of the procedure – a smoother, flatter-looking abdomen.
Become More Informed About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Our plastic surgeons believe patient education is essential to achieving the best tummy tuck results possible. During the consultation process, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive overview of the procedural process, including what to expect before, during, and after surgery. If at any point in time you have a question or concern, they will encourage you to speak up so you can gain a better understanding of the treatment and make a more informed decision about your cosmetic options. The entire 740 Park Plastic surgery team is aware of how much information there is to take in all at once, and we are happy to give you the time needed to digest every detail at your own pace. The choice to receive a tummy tuck is solely yours, and it should be made only when you are ready.
Contact 740 Park Plastic Surgery
To learn more about abdominoplasty, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with one of our Harvard-trained doctors, please contact us today.