The abdomen is a problem area for many people, and sometimes, diet and exercise aren’t enough to correct it. At Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, Dr. Kay can perform an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, to tighten the underlying tissue in the abdomen, and remove excess fat and skin. The result is a toned, flat tummy and a more aesthetically pleasing silhouette.
Good Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your stomach, you may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty. This surgery can address weakened connective tissue in the abdomen, excess belly fat, and poor skin elasticity. These problems generally occur because of the following reasons:
- Prior history of abdominal surgery (i.e. C-section)
- Major changes in weight
In some cases, an unsatisfactory abdomen may simply be from a person’s natural body type. Whatever the cause of the problem is, a good candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is in good overall health, is at a stable weight, is a non-smoker, and has realistic expectations for the outcome.
Overview of the Procedure
A tummy tuck can warrant general anesthesia. Sometimes, however, patients may choose regional anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Dr. Kay will begin surgery by making a horizontal incision between the belly button and the pubic hairline. Then, he will repair and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. These often become separated due to childbirth. Excess fat and skin will be removed. Lastly, the incision is closed. The average tummy tuck surgery takes about one to two hours.
What to Expect Afterward
You may have heard that patients often have drains placed after a tummy tuck surgery. However, Dr. Kay has found that he usually doesn’t need to place these. Instead, he uses a progressive tension suturing technique to prevent fluid accumulation. The result is a more comfortable and faster recovery.
In addition, Dr. Kay will place a thin catheter in the surgical area. For three to four days post-op, this catheter will release local anesthetic in the area to improve your comfort level during your recovery. You can also expect to wear a compression garment for about six weeks to provide support and minimize swelling.