Procedure Information: Tummy Tuck Carmel
An abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery technique commonly referred to as tummy tuck surgery. During an abdominoplasty, skin and tummy fat are removed from the mid and lower abdomen as upper abdominal skin is pulled downward. The muscular wall is repaired by pulling the abdominal muscles tightly back together, thereby narrowing the waistline and strengthening the abdominal wall. As the upper skin is pulled taut downward, a new opening is created for the navel which has been preserved throughout this procedure. Often times, it is necessary to place drains in the abdominal cavity which will stay in place throughout a portion of the tummy tuck recovery period. Recently, however, our surgeons have perfected a new technique that doesn’t require drains at all. Whether or not you are a candidate for our “drainless” abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) will be decided by the physician on an individual basis.
Is tummy tuck surgery right for you? Ultimately, only you can decide that. However, there are some factors that might help our plastic surgeons decide if tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a safe choice for you. Most of this information will be discussed during your initial consultation with us, but it is important for you to be in general good health, be within 20 pounds of your target weight, and be completely free of nicotine products. If you are a smoker, we can discuss helpful tips to “kick the habit,” but we will not consider you a candidate for this surgery if you test positive for nicotine prior to your date of surgery.
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, recovery is also something you will want to consider when making your decision. You should expect to stay in the hospital for at least 23 hours following tummy tuck surgery. It is unrealistic to expect you will be able to return to work any sooner than one week after your surgery. Ideally, you would take two weeks to rest and recover. Because the skin is pulled so tight, your posture will be affected the first few days following surgery. You may walk slightly bent over for 7-10 days, but will notice with each passing day that you are able to stand up a bit straighter than the day before. A low- grade fever is not uncommon in the first few days after surgery and usually improves with deep breathing exercises. Any drains you might have will be concealed under your clothes and will be removed in our office 1-2 weeks after surgery. There will be daily progress, but you must be patient! Although results are impressive early on, they will continue to improve as swelling subsides over 12-16 weeks. After many years of performing this procedure we know that each person recovers slightly differently and at different rates of speed. Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty results usually last for years if your weight remains stable. We are committed to treating each patient as an individual and will discuss those individual concerns regarding your recovery during your consultation.
We invite and encourage you to view our before and after tummy tuck photos.