Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)*
As much as we’d all love to have that flat, well-toned abdomen we see in magazines and movies, the tummy does not always cooperate. A protruding or sagging abdominal region—due to heredity, past pregnancies, weight fluctuations or posture issues—can negatively impact your confidence and self-esteem. Dieting, crunches and abdominal exercises can be helpful but will not necessarily provide the kind of firm, contoured abdomen we desire. Fortunately, a tummy tuck can reduce fatty tissue and tighten the area.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
For individuals unhappy with the contour of their body due to a protruding or sagging abdominal area, a tummy tuck can make a significant difference. If you’re interested in the procedure, talk to the doctor about the possibility of an improved, more confident appearance with a tummy tuck. The ideal candidate is a healthy, moderately fit non-smoker within the near-range of their optimum body weight. Patients should have a positive attitude and realistic vision of the potential results.
The Tummy Tuck procedure
About the Surgery
The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal region. The procedure can help restore weakened or separated muscles in the region, as well, creating a firmer, more toned contour of the body.
The process begins with a consultation and evaluation session in which Dr. Hall will assess your case, talk to you about your goals, explain your options and determine the proper course of action.
The procedure involves an incision made between the pubic line and navel where excess fat and skin are removed and any needed muscle repair is accomplished. The length of the incision will vary based on the amount of fat and skin to be removed. A second incision around the navel may be required to remove excess skin. More dynamic results may be achieved by combining the procedure with liposuction, though this is a decision that should be made in consultation with your doctor. Changes will be immediately apparent, though overall results will become more defined over time. The procedure can take place in an office surgical facility or in a hospital, and is usually performed under general anesthesia.
As with any surgical procedure, individuals should know the risks before considering a tummy tuck. Common risks include bleeding, scarring, numbness, swelling, pain, nerve damage, infection, clotting and reactions to anesthesia or medications.
Patients may return to light, normal tasks in two weeks. Some sutures may be removed in five days but most are dissolvable. You should avoid bending, lifting or straining for the first few days as healing continues. A return to more strenuous activities or labor may require several weeks of healing. As swelling subsides, the contour will become more defined and the desired result should become more apparent.
Dressing or bandages will be applied to the incision area and patients might need a compression garment to minimize swelling and help control the new contour. A small, thin tube may be inserted to drain any excess blood that could collect after the procedure. Patients will be given directions about care and medication before leaving the facility, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled.