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Enrich Your SpiritHave 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 ProcedureAbdominoplasty 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 ProcedureAbdominoplasty 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.
* Individual results may vary.
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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