About this Treatment
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is an aesthetic surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat and restores the separated and weakened abdominal muscles of the lower abdomen to create a firmer and more youthful abdominal contour.
Tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Frank Barone in Toledo, Ohio is often combined with liposuction to address excess fat deposits of the abdomen, hips, and flanks (‘love handles’) or is often extended to include lifting and excess skin removal of the entire waistline area and buttocks, the body lift procedure, in order to provide a more comprehensive and balanced result. If you are interested in a tummy tuck procedure in Toledo, our trained team of experts can help.
What It Is
A flat and well-toned abdomen and youthful waistline are something many of us strive for through weight loss, diet, and exercise. However, conditions like the separation of the abdominal wall muscles due to pregnancy or aging, (known as rectus diastasis), sagging skin, and stubborn excess fat deposits often do not adequately respond to these measures.
Properly performed, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty and liposuction can lift and support the deep tissue to result in a toned and balanced abdomen and waistline. In most tummy tuck patients, these combined surgical techniques, along with proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle, are the most effective method to truly rejuvenate the abdomen and waistline and restore a youthful body contour. If you are experiencing any of these issues, a tummy tuck in Toledo can help.
What It Treats
Excess skin and fat of the abdomen and waistline
Sagging or loose skin and tissue of the abdominal, pubis (area above the genitalia), and hip areas
A protruding abdomen caused by separation and weakness of the anterior abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus muscles)
- 2.5 - 3.5 hours
- 3 - 4 weeks
- Youthful Waistline Restores a balanced and youthful waistline and abdomen.
- Reduced Fatigue Reduces excess fat collections and deposits.
- Less Sagging Lifts and supports the lax skin tissues of the lower abdomen, anterior thighs, and waistline.
- Strengthened Muscles Repairs a protruding abdominal wall caused by separated and weak abdominal (rectus) muscles.
- Improved Self-Confidence When combined with proper exercise and weight control, improves self-confidence and quality of life for patients by rejuvenating a youthful body contour.
How Tummy Tuck Works
As with all aesthetic surgical procedures at EVOLV Plastic Surgery, a tummy tuck in Toledo, Ohio with Dr. Frank Barone, preparation involves a complete evaluation, examination, discussion of goals, and creation of a personalized and comprehensive surgical plan. Photo documentation and planning incision location options and extent are also considered. Patient photos are reviewed, and choices are discussed considering costs, recovery time, post-procedure care, and desired expectations and results.
Tummy tuck surgery in Toledo is done in a fully accredited outpatient surgery center under a short-acting general anesthetic that minimizes recovery time and is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist and experienced licensed nursing staff. Revisions or minor procedures may be done in some cases in the office under a local anesthetic with oral sedation when appropriate.
Tummy tuck incisions will depend upon the amount and location of skin and tissue laxity to be corrected. Incision placement is planned where it will allow proper correction and be less noticeable. The final scar is typically located in the ‘bikini line’ of the lower abdomen. The scar length will depend on the amount of skin laxity to be corrected. Excess fat removal by ultrasonic (Vaser) or power-assisted liposuction is done through small access incisions typically within the skin to be removed or hidden in natural creases.
After general anesthesia is administered, a dilute solution of adrenaline and lidocaine (tumescent solution) is diffused throughout the fatty tissue to be removed. This is essential to reduce bleeding and discomfort, allowing lower levels of general anesthetic and to prepare the tissue for Vaser treatment. After fatty excess is removed, the appropriate amounts of skin and laxity are excised from the treatment area and, if needed, the abdominal muscles are repaired and repositioned. The lower skin and deep tissues are elevated and anchored for support. Surgical drains are sometimes placed if necessary. Long-acting nerve blocks (Exparel) are placed, and a mildly compressive surgical garment is applied to complete the procedure.
You will return to the office in a few days after surgery for your first dressing change. If abdominal muscles were repaired, you will usually begin slowly walking on the second day after surgery. You will see visible improvements immediately and they will continue to get better as swelling and bruising subside. If drains are placed, they are removed when drainage subsides in 1-2 weeks. Body contouring procedures on the abdomen, thighs, and hips generally require longer elevation and compression garments until swelling subsides. Post-operative therapeutic treatments with lymphatic massage, LED LightStim bed treatment and other proven modalities are available to reduce swelling, discomfort, and downtime and to minimize scar appearance. You will be given specific instructions and recommendations on activities and care of the operative site at each visit.
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What Our Patients Are Saying
I have had nothing but exceptional results from eVolv Plastic Surgery. Best team of professionals out there for all your cosmetic needs.
Dr. Barone is a skilled, professional surgeon who is very concerned with aesthetics based on your own body. He will not try to “make you look like so and so”. He takes your ethnicity, skin, and shape to create the best “you” possible.
I was treated with respect. Everything was explained thoroughly. The staff was very kind.
Dr. Barone and his staff are wonderful. They are professional and patient and always take their time to explain and answer any questions. Even when I had a concern over the weekend, Dr. Barone called me directly to answer my questions. [Single best thing is…] I am still recovering but I can already see the amazing result – a flat tummy with no extra saggy skin. I love what I see.
The outcome has been great and exactly what I hoped for. Dr. Barone and all of the staff have been kind, knowledgeable and professional.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your Safety Matters.
It is important to remember that the training and experience of your plastic surgeon and staff are the most important criteria in achieving safe and natural appearing results with a tummy tuck.
Patient safety and natural appearing results are the major priority for every procedure at EVOLV Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics.
In addition to plastic surgery residency and achieving board-certification, Dr. Barone completed advanced fellowship specialty training and research in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery and medicine. Dr. Barone is an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) which admits only board-certified plastic surgeons who have achieved recognition and expertise in aesthetic surgery and medicine. Dr. Barone has conducted clinical research, published numerous articles, and served as a lecturer and instructor for other plastic surgeons and companies.
All major cosmetic surgical procedures at EVOLV Plastic Surgery are performed only in a fully accredited surgical center with experienced and licensed staff. Candidates considering tummy tuck at EVOLV are thoroughly evaluated and fully informed and prepared for the procedure. Both pre- and post-operative education and guidance along with specific therapeutic services to reduce swelling and downtime are emphasized to improve safety and outcomes and to reduce potential complications.