WHAT IS Tummy Tuck Surgery?
For both men and women, sagging skin and excess fat throughout the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging to deal with, especially when attempts to reduce it have failed. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most common reasons why someone may not be able to reclaim a slim and tight stomach. An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic treatment that redefines the abdominal region, achieving attractive outcomes for many Doylestown, PA patients. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino performs abdominoplasty that is tailored to suit your unique situation and meet your personal goals. This popular surgery at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery gives patients the chance to attain a gorgeous new figure and restored confidence. Contact our office to learn more about how abdominoplasty can eliminate excess skin while also tightening the stomach muscles.
WHO GETS TUMMY TUCK SURGERY?
The lower abdomen is one of the most common problem areas for loose, flabby skin and fat to accumulate. When you lose weight from dieting and exercise, it’s common to be left with cosmetic issues, such as:
- Excess skin that sags
- Stubborn fat deposits that won’t go away
- Extra skin around the belly button
- Poor skin elasticity
- Weakened muscles in the lower abdominal wall
- Stretch marks in the lower abdomen
No matter how hard you work in the gym, many of these problems never go away without plastic surgery. Dr. Tamburrino believes that when you work hard to lose weight, you deserve to fully enjoy the benefits of your hard work by achieving a body that makes you feel confident and beautiful.
Many women choose to get a tummy tuck after childbirth. It's also a very popular procedure among patients who have lost weight or experienced skin laxity due to other causes. In order to be an ideal candidate for this procedure, you must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations.
HOW IS A TUMMY TUCK DONE?
Tummy tuck surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are various techniques to consider when this surgery is performed by Dr. Tamburrino, and the technique chosen will depend on your unique situation and goals. The size of the incision created will be based on the amount of excess skin present. Some patients with severe sagging skin may require a full tummy tuck while others could qualify for a less invasive procedure. A full tummy tuck places the incision from hip to hip just above the pubic zone while another technique, such as the mini tummy tuck, requires a smaller opening. Regardless of the technique used, all abdominoplasty procedures at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery remove unwanted skin. Often, liposuction is performed during a tummy tuck to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat.
What to Expect
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to help control swelling. Walking and standing will be a bit painful for a while so you need to rest for several days. Standing becomes easier once the tightness subsides and the incision begins to heal. Patients can generally resume their everyday activities around two weeks following their procedure. Most patients are able to resume their exercise schedules after around six weeks or when they are given permission by Dr. Tamburrino. While you recover, it's important to follow the post-op instructions we will provide to you. This is to make sure that your incisions are well cared for and heal smoothly.
TUMMY TUCK FAQS
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
You will probably get one of the three most common types of tummy tucks: the full, the extended, or the mini. During your initial consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will ask about your needs and goals before performing a physical assessment. From there, he can help you decide the technique that will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is better if you want to address loose skin in the lower and upper abdomen, whereas a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have issues below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, as well as the upper thighs and hips.
What will my scars look like?
Surgical incisions for your abdominoplasty will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Tamburrino uses the smallest incisions possible to minimize scars. He also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be concealed by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your incisions heal flat and blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Although you may get pregnant following a tummy tuck, it will likely affect your results. Dr. Tamburrino strongly encourages patients to be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before they consider abdominoplasty. If you do get pregnant after your tummy tuck, a second surgery may be performed to refresh your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine another body surgery with abdominoplasty to achieve more dramatic results. At your consultation with Dr. Tamburrino, talk to him about all of your concerns so a comprehensive treatment plan may be developed to match your goals. You might combine a tummy tuck with a lower body lift or other areas for body contouring. If you want to improve your whole body after having children or losing a lot of weight, you might be an ideal candidate for after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover.
ACHIEVE A SLIMMER SILHOUETTE
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out tummy that leaves behind loose and wrinkled skin. We know it can be a troubling problem to have — tummy tuck surgery is generally the best way to overcome this. If you are embarrassed by the hanging skin in your abdominal region, whether it's significant or not, skin tightening surgery by Dr. Tamburrino in Doylestown, PA can help you get the look you want. Contact Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery to learn more.
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