Many patients may achieve their ideal weight after exercising and dieting but live with excess skin in the abdominal area. Weight gain and subsequent loss, pelvic surgery or childbirth can stretch the skin and the abdominal muscles, creating overhanging tissue of the abdomen and dysfunction of the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) may be the ideal treatment to remove excess skin and unwanted fat, as well as in some cases tighten the abdominal muscles, resulting in a smoother and firmer abdominal area.
Patients who feel dissatisfied by their excess abdominal skin or fat are invited to call DermAsap today to learn more about how a tummy tuck can restore the tight, attractive contour of their abdomen, for years to come!
About Tummy Tucks
A tummy tuck is a safe, effective procedure which removes excess skin and fat from your abdomen. A tummy tuck is performed by first making a low-lying incision, which will be made horizontally between your hip bones. Your doctor will tighten or repair your abdominal muscles and your loose, extra skin will be removed. Your remaining abdominal skin will be laid flat over your stomach in a tight, attractive contour. The belly button is repositioned during the procedure, but care will be taken to keep it as close to its original position as possible.
Patients can receive a tummy tuck as a stand-alone surgery, or as part of a broader Mommy Makeover.
While it is not the goal of a tummy tuck to improve the appearance of stretch marks, stretch marks which are in the incision area will be excised during the procedure.
A tummy tuck can take four to five hours to complete, depending on the extent of the work the patient will receive. Most patients need to take one to two weeks off from most strenuous physical activity after their tummy tuck. A full recovery can be made in six weeks. You will receive in-depth preparation and recovery instructions from your doctor well before your Procedure.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Patients who have loose skin or extra tissue that is localized below their belly buttons are good candidates for a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is performed with a smaller incision than a traditional tummy tuck and is an effective procedure for patients who have a lesser degree of excess skin and tissue. Due to the fact that the work will be done to the abdomen below the belly button, the belly button will not need to be repositioned during a mini tummy tuck. Recovery from a mini tummy tuck is usually shorter than a recovery from a full tummy tuck.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is a safe, popular procedure among both men and women. Patients consistently report high satisfaction with the outcomes of their tummy tucks.
A tummy tuck will:
Correct Skin Laxity
During a tummy tuck, loose, sagging, and protruding skin will be safely removed. The skin on your stomach will be tightened into a more flat, attractive contour.
Leave Minimal Scarring
Your procedure will require one main incision to complete, with another made around the belly button if necessary. The primary incision will sit low on your pelvis, between your hip bones. Scarring will be minimal and most likely easily concealed under clothing or a bathing suit.
When your excess skin is removed, your doctor will also remove unwanted fat from your abdomen. In fact, a tummy tuck is capable of removing up to ten pounds from a patient’s tummy. While this procedure is an excellent way to slim patient’s stomachs, it is intended to be a solution to lax skin and stubborn fat that has otherwise not responded to diet and exercise. A tummy tuck is not intended to be used as a form of weight loss.
Restore Abdominal Function
Your abdominal muscles will be tightened or repaired during your tummy tuck. Once your muscles have healed, you will have restored, better control of your posture. The muscle repair achieved by a tummy tuck has even shown to improve some cases of hernias or stress urinary incontinence in patients. Patients find they have an easier time moving and exercising overall, thanks to the loss of their excess fat and skin.
Most patients before a tummy tuck do not feel comfortable showing their body to the world. After a tummy tuck, our patients tell us that they have renewed confidence in their appearance. Patients are happy to show off their flat, toned stomach!
People who have excess fat in their stomachs may be interested in receiving liposuction as a slimming solution, in lieu of a tummy tuck. While liposuction will eliminate their fat, liposuction will not correct skin laxity in the abdomen: a tummy tuck will both remove fat and tighten excess skin. Liposuction may be performed on a patient’s flanks during a tummy tuck procedure to achieve the patient’s best abdominal contour.
A tummy tuck is a highly effective cosmetic procedure that achieves long-lasting results.
Candidates for a tummy tuck include those who are healthy and of a stable weight, those who have realistic expectations and a positive outlook, those who do not smoke, and those who have areas of the abdomen that have not improved with diet or exercising. Ideal candidates will be willing to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in order to maintain the results of their tummy tuck.
Both men and women who feel like they have excess skin and fat on their abdomen are good candidates for a tummy tuck.
Women may receive a tummy tuck as a stand-alone procedure, or as part of a Mommy Makeover. Candidates who are considering getting pregnant in the future will want to wait to receive their tummy tuck until after their last pregnancy.
Dr. Gurmander S. Kohli is a board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience from hospitals in Massachusetts and California. His expertise includes minimally-invasive rejuvenation, anti-aging procedures, and liposuction. Dr. Kohli takes great care to achieve impressive but subtle contouring results for each tummy tuck patient, in accordance with their individual goals for their procedure. Your consultation for your tummy tuck is designed to answer any questions you may have, as well as to give Dr. Kohli a good understanding of your goals for your appearance.
We want every visitor to DermAsap to feel 100% comfortable with the advice and care they receive.
He will assess your medical history, medication use, and overall lifestyle, as well as examine the degree of skin laxity and fat present in your abdomen. The procedure, preoperative preparation, post-operative care and possible complications of surgery will be reviewed with you. If Dr. Kohli determines that you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, he will create an individualized treatment plan for you. If he believes you will benefit from an alternative body contouring procedure, he will share his recommendation with you.
If you have any questions about tummy tucks, please do not hesitate to call us for your complimentary consultation.
In order to ensure patients have their best experience, results and recovery possible, you will receive tailored instructions to prepare you for your tummy tuck surgery. It is advisable that patients take one to two weeks off work to recover from their tummy tuck.
It is important to maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle in the weeks before your procedure.
Patients who are smokers will be asked to discontinue smoking at least three weeks before their tummy tuck. You may also be asked to alter your medication and supplement use, as well as avoid taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications before your surgery, as these may interfere with your body’s ability to heal. Patients may be asked to complete lab testing before their tummy tuck.
Prepare your home for your return ahead of time.
You will not be able to drive yourself home after your procedure. It is recommended that you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and to stay with you during your first night of recovery. This may include creating a comfortable recovery space, with reading and watching material on-hand. It is also recommended that you procure additional bandages and other recovery-related items before your procedure.
Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
Patients will receive their tummy tuck under general anesthesia. A tummy tuck usually takes 4 to 5 hours to perform, depending on the extent of work the patient will receive. During your tummy tuck, your abdomen will first be cleansed with an antibacterial solution. An incision will be made low in the pelvis, running horizontally between the hip bones. Your doctor will next tighten or repair your abdominal muscles. Excess skin and fat will be removed from your upper and lower abdomen. The remaining skin will be pulled gently into a smooth, attractive contour, and the incision or incisions will be repaired.
If it is necessary, the skin will be repositioned around the belly button.
Patients who only require a mini tummy tuck will receive a smaller incision in their lower abdomen. Their lower abdominal musculature will be tightened, and excess skin and fat below their belly button will be removed. The incision will be closed with minimal scarring. Some patients may also receive liposuction in their flanks and love handles in addition to their tummy tuck, so that a better overall contour is achieved. Patients are monitored after their tummy tuck procedures until they are approved for release.
Recovery & Results
Patients will need to take one to two weeks off from work and their usual schedule in order to rest.
Short, infrequent walks are recommended during the first week, but it is important to rest as much as possible and to avoid putting strain on your sutures. Depending on the patient, more recovery time may be necessary. Overall recovery time averages six weeks, with results continuing to improve over the following months. Bruising and swelling in the treatment area are common after a tummy tuck. These side effects should subside within the first few weeks.
Dr. Kohli may recommend that patients wear a compression garment in order to reduce their swelling, as well as to reduce the chance of blood clots and maintain the abdominal shape achieved. Patients who receive drainage tubes will be given detailed instructions regarding their care. You will also receive instructions regarding which medications are safe and approved for use during your recovery.
It is important that patients continue to refrain from smoking during their recovery period.
As your swelling subsides, you will see that your stomach is smooth and flat, with an attractive, tight contour. A healthy lifestyle is a vital component of maintaining the results of your tummy Tuck. If you have any questions during your recovery, please do not hesitate to call us. The staff at DermAsap is happy and ready to assist you, at all stages of your experience with us.
Average cost: $7,000-$15,000
The cost of your tummy tuck procedure will depend on your specific case and if you opt to receive additional treatments or procedures. Please feel free to schedule a private consultation to receive a quote.
If you are unhappy with your loose, hanging, or protruding abdomen, a tummy tuck can restore a tight, healthy tone to your stomach. To learn more, call DermAsap today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohli.