The tightness of the abdominal muscles may change over time from weight gain to pregnancy. Looseness in the stomach region can stand in the way of your self-confidence. If your efforts to flatten and improve your mid-section have not produced your desired result, you may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck at Signature Plastic Surgery & Dermatology.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, flattens the abdomen by removing fat and skin while also tightening the stomach muscles. Patients choose a tummy tuck in order to remove unsightly fatty tissue and skin which results in a flatter abdomen. As far as cosmetic procedures go, abdominal surgeries are fairly common, as thousands are performed each year across the country.
Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
Patients that have experienced radical weight loss, pregnancy, past surgeries, or aging resulting in a negative impact on the appearance of your abdomen, you may be a good candidate for surgery. Those in good health, with excess fat and skin, are good candidates. Patients that are planning on having more children should wait before receiving an abdominoplasty.
Before undergoing surgery, patients will need to have a consultation with Dr. Shah, a double board-certified plastic surgeon. The consultation visit for abdominoplasty is your opportunity to learn everything you need to know about your proposed procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Shah will go over your options, allow you to ask any questions, and perform a physical exam. A staff member will provide you with the schedule of fees.
Types of Tummy Tucks
Mini Tummy Tuck -involves a small incision and a minimal amount of loose skin and abdominal muscle tightening.
Standard Tummy Tuck - requires a larger, easily concealed, the incision usually from hip to hip. During this procedure, a moderate amount of skin and muscle tightening occurs. Additionally, Dr. Shah may reposition the navel in order to create the most attractive outcome.
Extended Tummy Tuck - 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, Dr. Shah sculpts each area individually.
"Absolutely grateful for all the reviews that encouraged me to see Dr. Shah. Just four days after my procedure, and I can sincerely say that with every time I have contacted Dr. Shah's office, met with him, and the procedure itself, I have been impressed and very happy! Dr. Shah has a wonderful, attentive manner and his staff is excellent. All of my appointments and calls have been timely, professional, and everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel at ease." -Amanda
Tummy Tuck Surgery
All tummy tuck procedure types are considered outpatient procedures and performed under general anesthesia. First, Dr. Shah makes a coordinating incision based on the type of tummy tuck being performed. Then, he will remove the appropriate amount of tissue and skin. Next, Dr. Shah will stitch underlying muscles and the fascia beneath the skin into a new, tighter position with permanent sutures.
As needed, the skin around the navel and the navel itself will be adjusted. Finally, Dr. Shah will close the abdominal incisions. Depending on the type of tummy tuck and the patient's body the procedure can take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours.
Tummy Tuck Before And After
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Immediately after the tummy tuck, we will wrap the abdomen in surgical dressing, and Dr. Shah may choose to place drains or tubes. This is to allow excess fluid to exit the surgery site. The abdomen will be swollen and sore after the effects of IV medication subside.
Patients have to keep drains in place for a week or two. In order to support abdominal tissue healing, patients wear a compression garment for several weeks. It is very important that after the tummy tuck you keep your abdomen bent to allow for healing. In most cases, patients can resume normal activities, including light exercise, within the first month after abdominoplasty.
Results of Abdominoplasty
It is important to note that results are not immediate and become more noticeable over time. 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. Maintaining your weight with a consistent diet and exercise will yield longer-lasting results.
Tummy Tuck Alternatives
In some cases, patients need to remove additional fat before tightening the muscles and skin. Therefore, some patients elect to combine tummy tuck surgery with liposuction or Vaser Lipo. Additionally, a tummy tuck is not the ideal choice for everyone. We offer non-surgical options including Endymed 3DEEP treatment, as well as CoolSculpting. They are not intended for the same dramatic results that are possible with abdominoplasty.
Any surgical procedure comes with some risk. These risks include:
- Altered sensation around the incision site
- Fluid buildup which may need drains
- Tissue death or necrosis (mostly smokers)
- Potential of scarring
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in a Tummy Tuck and would like to learn more, contact Dr. Shah, or call 702.684.5502 to schedule a consultation. Signature Plastic Surgery & Dermatology serves Las Vegas, Henderson, and surrounding areas.