Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin, and restores weakened or separated muscles. It also creates a smoother and firmer abdominal contour.
Sometimes a flat and well-toned abdomen cannot be achieved through exercise and weight control alone. Even individuals of normal body weight and proportion can develop a protruding abdomen that has loose sagging skin.
Common causes of this include:
Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if you are a healthy nonsmoker with realistic goals and expectations.
Although the results of a tummy tuck are permanent, your result can be compromised by significant fluctuations in your weight. If you are planning substantial weight loss or considering future pregnancies Dr. Shoukas may advise you to postpone abdominoplasty surgery.
What abdominoplasty will not do:
A Tummy tuck is not a weight loss substitute nor does it replace appropriate diet and exercise. Although tummy tuck operations do not correct stretch marks, they may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
Abdominoplasty is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia.
A full tummy tuck procedure requires a low horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and umbilicus. The shape and length of the incision varies with the degree of correction necessary.
Through this incision, separated abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured together while excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel is necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may not be apparent until swelling is diminished.
Following your surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and you will be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals.
Small, thin drains may be temporarily placed under the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid that may collect. This helps to minimize swelling after tummy tuck surgery. You will not be able to stand fully upright for the first one to two weeks.
Dr. Shoukas will give you specific postoperative instructions to aid your recovery from tummy tuck surgery: how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Shoukas in our Lake Mary office.
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