Tummy Tuck

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Have loose skin and stubborn fat that you just can’t get rid of despite being consistent with your workout routine or diet plan? A tummy tuck surgery is exactly what you need to fight back that stubborn fat and claim the body you’ve always wanted.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to recontour the abdominal area and deliver well-toned, sculpted abs. During the procedure, excess stubborn fat will be removed and the remaining tissues will be recontoured to fit the newly formed abdominal contours. The surgery is ideal for those who have been struggling to eliminate fat and skin after losing a significant amount of weight or giving birth.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia either within the hospital or in an outpatient setting. There are different tummy tuck techniques to help accommodate the needs of each individual patient. The Mini abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar). Also known as a partial tummy tuck, the mini-abdominoplasty is suitable for those who only require a minor degree of corrections. The incision is smaller and the recovery time is much faster than the traditional tummy tuck procedure. (Mini abdominoplasties can be performed under sedation and local anesthesia.) The standard abdominoplasty is the traditional technique that is used in most moderate cases of stubborn fat and loose skin in the abdominal region. In some cases, liposuction may also be used in association with this method to rid the body of stubborn fatty deposits. This procedure can help tighten the abdominal wall skin and muscles in the area. The extended abdominoplasty method tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides and muscle (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back.) This technique is a complete abdominoplasty accompanied by a subsequent lateral thigh lift. The results include all that of a full abdominoplasty plus a smooth upper thigh.  

What to Expect During the Procedure

 Abdominoplasty is one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures. An overnight stay in the hospital is usually indicated and the On-Q pain pump is also available to help control pain after surgery. Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days. Two drains are placed during surgery and left in for 10 days to 2 weeks. Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.
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Abdominoplasty is one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures. An overnight stay in the hospital is usually indicated and the On-Q pain pump is also available to help control pain after surgery. Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days. Two drains are placed during surgery and left in for 10 days to 2 weeks. Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.

Reviews

Thank you again Dr. Howard! It’s been a year now since the almost 9lbs was removed from my lower abdomen…the BEST thing I’ve ever done!! It’s hard to keep my weight down, but I’m working hard at it. I certainly have a lot to be grateful for! Tummy Tuck Patient

Candidates for the Tummy Tuck Surgery

You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) by Dr. Howard if you have loose or sagging abdominal wall skin that is frequently associated with abnormal relaxation of the anterior abdominal wall muscles (often secondary to multiple pregnancies or prior surgery). You may also desire a tummy tuck if you are unable to tighten your abdominal wall skin with exercise. An abdominoplasty is intended to give the patient a smoother flatter abdomen. The specific risks and the suitability of abdominoplasty for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.  

Contact Our Office

A tummy tuck is an excellent solution for those who are dealing with excess stubborn fat and loose skin in the abdominal area. If you’re interested in learning more about the surgery from a board-certified plastic surgeon, call Barbara Howard, M.D. in Jefferson City, at (573) 635-9668 to schedule your personal consultation.

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