Savannah Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise. The cosmetic surgery can also be particularly helpful to women after pregnancy has stretched her abdominal muscles and skin.
If you're considering a tummy tuck, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure-when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Please ask your surgeon about anything you don't understand.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty
The best candidates
for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape
but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that
won't respond to diet or exercise. The cosmetic surgery is particularly
helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched
their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return
to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently
occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery. Also, women
who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the
abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during
pregnancy. If you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery, your
doctor may recommend against abdominoplasty or may caution you that
scars could be unusually prominent.
A tummy tuck can enhance
your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily
change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat
you differently. Before you decide to have cosmetic surgery, think
carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
of abdominoplasties are performed successfully each year. When done by
a qualified plastic surgeon who is trained in body contouring, the
results are generally quite positive. But as with any operation,
there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications
associated with this procedure. Be sure to discuss the risks and any concerns you may have with your surgeon.Planning your surgery
initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine
the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully
assess your skin tone. Be sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke, and
if you're taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
frank in discussing your expectations with your surgeon. He or she
should be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the
risks and limitations of each.
If, for example, your fat
deposits are limited to the area below the navel, you may require a
less complex procedure called a partial abdominoplasty, also know as a
mini-tummy tuck, which can often be performed on an outpatient basis.
You may, on the other hand, benefit more from partial or complete
abdominoplasty done in conjunction with liposuction to remove fat
deposits from the hips, for a better body contour. Or maybe liposuction
alone would create the best result. Click here to learn more about liposuction
any case, your surgeon should work with you to recommend the procedure
that is right for you and will come closest to producing the desired
During the consultation, your surgeon should also
explain the anesthesia he or she will use, the type of facility where
the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved. In most cases,
health insurance policies do not cover the cost of abdominoplasty, but
you should check your policy to be sure.Preparing for your surgery
surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for
cosmetic surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking,
and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications.
smoke, plan to quit at least one to two weeks before your surgery and
not to resume for at least two weeks after your surgery. Avoid
overexposure to the sun before surgery, especially to your abdomen, and
do not go on a stringent diet, as both can inhibit your ability to
heal. If you develop a cold or infection of any kind, your surgery will
probably be postponed.
Whether your surgery is done on an
outpatient or inpatient basis, you should arrange for someone to drive
you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two after
you leave the hospital, if needed.Where your surgery will be performed
surgeons perform both partial and complete abdominoplasties in an
outpatient surgical center or an office-based facility. Others prefer
the hospital, where their patients can stay for several days.Types of anesthesia
Your doctor may select general anesthesia, so you'll sleep through the operation.
surgeons use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you
drowsy. You'll be awake but relaxed, and your abdominal region will be
insensitive to pain. (However, you may feel some tugging or occasional
usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work
required. Partial abdominoplasty may take an hour or two.
commonly, the surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to
hipbone, ,just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free
the navel from surrounding tissue. With partial abdominoplasty, the
incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it
may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and
Next, the surgeon separates the skin from the
abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap
to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are
tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their
new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the
The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra
skin is removed. A new hole is cut for your navel, which is then
stitched in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressings
will be applied, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess
fluid from the surgical site.
In a mini tummy tuck, the skin is
separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap
is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back
into place.After your surgery
For the first few days,
your abdomen will probably be swollen and you're likely to feel some
pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Depending on
the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or
you may have to remain hospitalized for two to three days.
doctor will give you instructions for showering and changing your
dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first,
you should start walking as soon as possible.
will be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures, with ends
that protrude through the skin, will come out in two to three weeks.
The dressing on your incision may be replaced by a support garment.Getting back to normal
may take you weeks or months to feel like your old self again. If you
start out in top physical condition with strong abdominal muscles,
recovery from abdominoplasty will be much faster. Some people return to
work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and
Exercise will help you heal better. Even people who
have never exercised before should begin an exercise program to reduce
swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles. Vigorous
exercise, however, should be avoided until you can do it comfortably.
scars may actually appear to worsen during the first three to six
months as they heal, but this is normal. Expect it to take nine months
to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in color. While
they'll never disappear completely, abdominal scars will not show under
most clothing, even under bathing suits.Your new look
tummy tuck, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for
patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most
cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and
exercise regularly.Costs and financing
Please contact us
for more information about the cost for this procedure. There are several financing options
which may make your surgery affordable.