Many individuals make it a point to work toward a slimmer, well-toned abdomen. Unfortunately, certain circumstances may not reach their goals through diet and exercise alone. For those experiencing these obstacles, tummy tuck surgery might be the right procedure for you.
The suppleness and tightness of the abdominal muscles may change over time. Looseness could result from weight gain or pregnancy, and it can stand in the way of your highest confidence. If your efforts to flatten and tighten your mid-section have not produced your desired result, you may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck.
If you are unhappy with how your tummy looks, we at Signature Plastic Surgery can help you achieve the realistic goals you have in mind. Himansu Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., is an experienced double board certified plastic surgeon dedicated to giving patients seeking a tummy tuck in Las Vegas and Henderson, as well as other body contouring procedures to help patients achieve the figure they have always dreamed of.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck is known as an abdominoplasty. The procedure is performed in a meticulous manner to tighten muscles and skin that have become slack. The main purpose of a tummy tuck is to remove unsightly fatty tissue and skin and have an excellent flatter tummy.
Types of Tummy Tucks
- A Mini Tummy Tuck Involves a small incision through which a minimal amount of loose skin is tightened up. The muscles of the abdominal wall can also be tightened during this procedure.
- A standard tuck requires a larger incision, usually from hip to hip. This incision is easily hidden. During this procedure, a moderate amount of skin and muscle tightening occurs. The navel is also repositioned in order to create the most attractive outcome.
- An extended tuck is necessary when the laxity of skin across the abdomen, hips, and low back is a concern. The incision will extend around the hips slightly. During this procedure, each of the areas of concern is sculpted with painstaking technique.
Considering a Tummy Tuck
As far as cosmetic procedures go, abdominal surgeries are fairly common, as thousands are performed each year across the country. If you're unsure of whether or not abdominoplasty is right for you, it's an excellent idea to contact us to learn more about the procedure and what you can expect. To promote patient satisfaction, Dr. Shah consults at-length with each of his patients to become as well-acquainted as possible with their personal goals. During the consultation Dr. Shah would determine if you also need liposuction in the flanks. This can help you achieve the best result.
Ideal candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
If radical weight loss, pregnancy, past surgeries, or aging has had a negative impact on your appearance of your abdomen, you may be a good candidate for Tummy Tuck.
For many patients, no matter how often they exercise or how closely they monitor their diet, toning and sliming their abdomen seems virtually impossible. After spending a lengthy amount of time fruitlessly working toward results, an individual may begin to feel a sense of hopelessness. This is where the expertise and capability of a professional comes in. With the help of Dr. Shah, you can expect nothing less than gratifying results.
Are there any risks of getting a Tummy Tuck?
Any surgical procedure has inherent risk. With the tummy tuck, those include:
- Tissue death, or necrosis. This is why patients are encouraged to stop smoking prior to surgery
- Fluid buildup. This risk is mitigated by the placement of drains
- Altered sensation around the incision site
What should I expect during my consultation?
The consultation visit for abdominoplasty is your opportunity to learn everything you need to know about your proposed procedure. Come with any questions you want answered, and be prepared to discuss your medical history. During your consultation, you will learn what to expect from your procedure, and throughout your recovery. A member of our staff at Signature Plastic Surgery will also provide you with the schedule of fees related to your surgery.
The second part of the consultation visit is your exam. This is an important step because it gives the doctor valuable information such as the amount of skin and muscle that is involved, and the degree of laxity that has occurred. Dr. Shah will assess the condition of your skin, including elasticity and thickness, as well as the presence of excess fat tissue.
What other procedures can be combined with a Tummy Tuck?
Some patients elect to combine tummy tuck surgery with liposuction to remove the last remaining evidence of unwanted fat prior to tightening loose muscle and skin.
Are there alternatives to Tummy Tuck Surgery?
We offer Endymed 3DEEP treatment, as well as CoolSculpting. These non-surgical treatments can tighten skin, but they are not intended for the same dramatic results that are possible with abdominoplasty.
Tummy Tuck Procedure Details
Tummy Tuck procedures are performed in an outpatient surgery center or in a hospital operating room under general anesthesia. After Dr. Shah makes the appropriate incision based on the type of tummy tuck being performed, he removes the desired amount of tissue and skin. Underlying muscles and the fascia beneath the skin are stitched into a new, tighter position with permanent sutures. As needed, the skin around the navel and the navel itself will be adjusted. Finally, the abdominal incision will be closed.
Before and After
What to expect after Tummy Tuck surgery
It is very important that after the Tummy Tuck you keep your abdomen bent to allow for healing. You should sleep in a recliner for the first few weeks.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The abdomen will be wrapped in a surgical dressing, and small "drains," or tubes may be noticed. This is to allow excess fluid to exit the surgery site. The abdomen will be swollen, and soreness may be noticeable after the effects of IV medication wear off. Patients can control pain with prescription medication taken as directed. If drains have been placed, they may remain for a week or two. A compression garment will need to be worn for several weeks in order to support the healing abdominal tissues.
When will I start seeing results?
It is important to expect results to become more noticeable with time. This is because it can take up to three months for swelling to completely subside. As your body heals, you will see more and more of your new self.
When can I resume normal activities?
Every person is different in the timing of this. In most cases, normal activities, including light exercise, may be resumed within the first month after abdominoplasty.