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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

In order to provide a balanced body shape, contouring and lifting of the sides and back of the trunk (body lifting) may be considered or combined with abdominoplasty procedures. In some patients, such as those with significant weight loss and subsequent skin and tissue laxity, the lifting and contouring may be extended completely around the waist, sides, and back (circumferential body lift). This may benefit the hips, inner and outer thighs, and buttocks.

Additionally, VASER Liposuction may be recommended for even more dramatic body contouring results.

Tummy Tuck Consultation

During the initial consultation, Dr. Barone or Dr. Koltz will discuss with the patient the specific procedure they recommend for achieving realistic results based upon each individual’s personal goals, medical history, and pregnancy or weight loss plans.

Because pregnancy and weight loss are often key factors leading to the desire to undergo a tummy tuck, patients should discuss their plans with their surgeon to ensure appropriate expectations and optimize their outcome.

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Tummy Tuck Candidates

Sometimes the conditions that warrant abdominal contouring are inherited, but oftentimes the skin becomes loose due to significant weight loss, pregnancy or aging in general. Beyond removing the excess fatty tissue, these procedures can also include tightening muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. Some patients may see an improvement in the appearance of stretch marks following an abdominal contouring, especially stretch marks located below the navel. Liposuction may be used during a tummy tuck procedure to remove excess fat, helping to further smooth and redefine the contours of the abdomen.

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Preparing for Your Procedure

A tummy tuck is a common procedure that often leads to successful, long-lasting results. but before the procedure can take place, patients have the opportunity to meet with their surgeon and go over any questions they might have. To better prepare for the procedure process, candidates should have a list of questions ready for their consultation day. These questions might include:

  • What is your experience with tummy tuck procedures?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What technique will you be using?
  • What other body contouring procedure can I benefit from?
  • How long will my recovery be?
  • How can I maintain my results over time?

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Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck procedure is performed under sedation or general anesthesia. The incisions used will depend on the severity of loose skin present and the size of the area. For a traditional tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made above the pubic hairline where it can be easily concealed. Another incision will be made around the belly button to address the upper abdominal area. Patients who are only concerned with the lower abdominal may not need this incision. Once the appropriate incisions have been made, the tissue is lifted and tightened to smooth out the abdominal area and the belly button is repositioned. Excess skin can then be removed, and liposuction is often utilized to remove excess fat. Once sculpted, the skin can be draped back over the area and the incisions are closed with sutures.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery

After a tummy tuck procedure, bandages should be worn to protect the incision sites and a compression garment will be provided to assist with the healing process. A small tube might also be placed under the skin to drain any excess fluids. Patients are given special instructions on post-op care and what physical restrictions they will need to follow during recovery.

Dr. Koltz and Dr. Barone employ options and advanced techniques to reduce discomfort and downtime, including, intraoperative pain blocks with Exparel, naturopathic anti-inflammatory supplements, and lymphatic massage are utilized and can significantly shorten recovery times.

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Tummy Tuck Results

After the initial healing process, patients will begin to notice the results of their tummy tuck procedure with a more toned and contoured abdominal area. The results can be long-lasting, aging naturally along with your body.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your abdomen, addressing excesses skin from pregnancy, weight loss or aging, contact our office today to set up your consultation with Dr. Barone or Dr. Koltz.

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