Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
Dr. Palmer performs tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) on patients that have an excess of abdominal wall skin and/or skin damage from stretch marks. Most patients also have excess fat, and therefore Surgical Arts of Virginia offers liposuction to selected areas at the same time as the tummy tuck (lipoabdominoplasty). Liposuction of the upper and lower abdomen and the anterior flanks is included in the tummy tuck procedure for those who need it, at no additional cost (lipoabdominoplasty). In addition, Dr. Palmer addresses any laxity of the skin above the genitals (mons pubis) with the tummy tuck, also at no additional cost.
*How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
If there is weakness of the muscles of the abdomen (diastasis rectus), a plication of the muscles (bringing them back together in the midline) will be performed to restore normal anatomy and improve overall postoperative shape.
Depending on the degree of skin laxity, the belly button will be recreated (similar to traditional abdominoplasty) or simply slightly adjusted downward (similar to mini-abdominoplasty). The skin excision scar is kept low and should be hidden with a bikini. We will discuss with you the position of the navel and the location of the scar before the procedure so you will know what to expect. It is often helpful to bring the underwear in which you would like the scar to be concealed.
Dr. Palmer performs this procedure in our in-office surgical suite with the assistance of tumescent anesthesia and IV sedation. Performing procedures in the office allows avoidance of the exorbitant facility fees found in hospitals. It also avoids potential infectious organisms and is typically more convenient for patients. Some patients, however, are treated more safely in a hospital setting because of related chronic illnesses. This will be determined at the time of consultation.
*Tummy Tuck Recovery
Recovery from a tummy tuck varies from patient to patient, however we recommend that you take off a minimum of two weeks to let your body heal. No heavy lifting or vigorous exercise should be performed for six weeks, if a plication was performed. We follow up with patients the day after the procedure, at one week to remove the drain, again the next week, and then typically at one month, three months and then a year. Patients are usually ready for their post operative photos at three months. All follow up is included in the procedure fee.
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*Individual results may vary