Why have a Tummy Tuck? Why have an Abdominoplasty?
- A tummy tuck may be right for you if a healthy diet and regular exercise have not eliminated your excess abdominal skin and fat
- A tummy tuck may be right for you if you have had significant weight gain with a significant weight loss
- A tummy tuck may be right for you if you have had multiple pregnancies
- A tummy tuck may help your regain a flat smooth stomach after a C-Section.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Procedure
Generally, during a tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is placed just above the pubic area, extending from hip bone to hip bone. Depending on the amount of skin to be removed, the incision size will vary. For women, the incision is kept within the swimsuit line whenever possible. Working through this incision, Dr. Sullivan may tighten the underlying fascia. Any excess skin from the abdomen is trimmed away. Oftentimes, abdominal stretch marks will be removed; however, it may not be possible to remove them all. It is necessary to make a second incision around the belly button.
A mini-abdominoplasty is beneficial if the area you are dissatisfied with is below the belly button. A mini abdominoplasty typically has a shorter horizontal incision and no belly button incision. The mini-abdominoplasty will not correct loose skin above the abdomen but the area is usually liposuctioned.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Post-Op Results
Following your tummy tuck you will need to wear a support garment for the first few weeks to help control the swelling. Soon after surgery, you will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body. Although your scar may begin to fade after a few months, you will always have a scar. A tummy tuck produces long-lasting results, and unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight, you can expect to retain your new shape for many years.
Most patients are able to return to work after two weeks and resume exercise after six weeks. Due to the increased risk of complications associated with flying, patients are not released to fly until four weeks following surgery. All individual pre- and post-operative needs will be discussed with our team of nurses during your comprehensive pre-operative appointment.
The Sullivan Difference
We know that you want to look and feel your best. Our goal is to understand your motivation and priorities and then educate, advise, and guide you to the optimal solution. Our personalized approach begins with a consultation with Dr. Christine Sullivan, a renowned plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience, who takes the time to listen to your concerns and works with you to determine the best approach to get the results you desire. From initial consultation through recovery, our staff is always ready to answer your questions and address your concerns.