What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
An Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck helps flatten and re-contour the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin and fat, and by tightening the underlying muscles. The procedure is especially beneficial for women with loose skin, stretch marks, and muscle laxity as a result of pregnancy, as well as for patients with excess fat and loose, baggy skin which has simply lost its elasticity.
Dr. Wiener utilizes a low, gently curving incision just above the pubic area, but lower than the panty line for concealment. The length of the incision varies with the amount of skin to be removed. Dr. Wiener uses a medical grade adhesive rather than stitches in order to minimize the appearance of scars. In many cases, liposuction to the abdomen, hips, or flank area can be added to achieve the best possible contour.
Who is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck?
The question of whether a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you can come down to skin and pockets of fat. If you don’t have a large amount of sagging and your stomach bulge is due to accumulated fat, stand-alone liposuction could be a better procedure with a far easier recovery.
But if you have sagging skin, muscles that may have separated in the center due to the localized weight gain of pregnancy, and pockets of fat, then abdominoplasty is the only procedure that can address all of those issues. Once skin is stretched to a certain extent for a period of time it cannot tighten back down to its former degree of tautness; the only way to get rid of it is to make an incision and trim the excess skin. A full tummy tuck will address loose sagging skin through both the upper and lower abdomen, involving two incisions. If your sagging isn’t as extreme and is located mainly on the lower belly area, a mini tuck with a single lower incision could be all you need.
Most tummy tuck patients feel tired and sore after tummy tuck surgery, and there will be some degree of bruising or swelling. Small drains will be placed near the incision and will be removed after several days. A post-surgical garment is worn for several weeks. Most patients return to work within one week, and more strenuous activities can be resumed in 6 to 8 weeks.
Dr. Wiener feels that, for many patients, addressing the entire trunk from the front, sides and back, is the best way to fully transform the figure. He will spend all the time necessary prior to your surgery, to develop the best possible plan for you.
Mini Tummy Tuck
For patients with excess abdominal skin limited to the lower abdomen, below the navel, a Mini-Tummy Tuck may be the best procedure. Here, a shorter incision is used, and liposuction is often added to achieve the best possible results. Post-operative discomfort is often less and recovery is shorter than for a full tummy tuck.
Mommy Make-Over with Abdominoplasty
For women who wish to re-contour all of the areas affected by pregnancy, Dr. Wiener routinely performs a “Mommy Make-Over.” Here, an Abdominoplasty (and possibly liposuction) is combined with breast enlargement or lifting to replace or improve upon what pregnancy has taken away. This has become one of Dr. Wiener’s most popular combination procedures.
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photo
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) FAQs
Will a tummy tuck remove my stretch marks?
Whether or not this procedure will remove your stretch marks is wholly dependent upon their location. If they are on your lower abdomen, there is a good chance many of your stretch marks will be removed when the excess skin is trimmed. But the procedure can’t do anything about stretch marks outside of the incision areas.
Can I have a tummy tuck done if I’m going to have more children?
Dr. Weiner wants his tummy tuck patients to be certain they are not going to have any additional children. This isn’t an arbitrary thing — all of the improvements made with your abdominoplasty surgery will be negated by another pregnancy and subsequent delivery. The same stretching of the skin will occur. It’s likely your stomach muscles could become separated in the center once again. Plus, unlike before, now your scars from your incisions can become stretched and distorted. If you’re even considering having another child, this procedure needs to be postponed.
How long will my results from abdominoplasty last?
The changes made by Dr. Weiner are permanent. The sagging skin he has removed is gone for good. If he has brought separated muscles back to the center that will permanently slim your contour and waist. Pockets of fat he’s removed with liposuction are gone. As long as you maintain a healthy weight and incorporate exercise into your life you’ll be thrilled with the results of your abdominoplasty for the rest of your life
What will my scarring be like after a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck creates a long lower scar, but Dr. Weiner places it just above the pubic area and it can be hidden under a bathing suit bottom or underwear. He also uses medical adhesive where possible for surface incisions to minimize scarring. The upper incision can often be made through the belly button, so it is effectively hidden.
What are the risks involved with a tummy tuck?
This is major surgery and it therefore involves all the risks of any procedure: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, infection, and the like. But this procedure is highly successful and has very low risk because this area of the body deals with large muscles and relatively thick skin. The lower abdomen is also not an area with extensive nerve sensitivity.
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