Call us for your Tummy Tuck Consultation if you have:
- Problems with loose extra skin
- Stretch marks on the lower abdomen
- Weakened or stretched muscles from pregnancy
Abdominoplasty “Tummy Tuck” – After Pregnancy or Major Weight Loss
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us desire. For certain people, however, diet and exercise alone are not enough to achieve this goal. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include pregnancy, aging, and significant fluctuations in weight. That is where a Tummy Tuck procedure can help to claim back your body.
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is significantly more slim and firm.
A tummy tuck at Enhanced Images Medical takes approximately 2 to 5 hours and is performed with local anesthesia with a sedative. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. The procedure will likely leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips, although it will be low enough for even a bikini to conceal it.
If you’re considering a treatment and are interested in learning how a Tummy Tuck can help you lose unsightly inches on the midsection, please schedule a complimentary consultation by calling Enhanced Images at (704) 295-9099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commonly Asked Questions about Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):
Who are the best candidates for a tummy tuck?
Before you decide to undergo abdominoplasty, think carefully about your expectations – they must be realistic. The best candidates for a tummy tuck are non-smoking men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit and/or loose abdominal skin that will not respond to diet and/or exercise. The surgery is ideal for women who, through multiple pregnancies, have severely stretched their abdominal muscles and skin. The loss of skin elasticity in older patients or those who have experienced significant weight loss can also be improved.
Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight or women who plan on future pregnancies should postpone this type of procedure.
How can I determine if a tummy tuck is right for me?
In your initial, complimentary consultation, our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will evaluate your health, determine where your abdominal fat deposits lie and assess your skin tone. Alternative body-contouring methods or less complex procedures that may be more appropriate – such as Smartlipo laser body sculpting and Venus Legacy, will also be reviewed. We will also discuss the procedure in detail, and carefully explain all the risks, limitations, preparation and after-care associated with a tummy tuck. He will explain the type of anesthesia that will be used during the procedure and the total costs involved.
How is a tummy tuck performed?
The procedure is performed by making an incision in the lower abdomen just above the pubis. The incision may go from hip to hip but is placed under the bikini line so that it is well hidden. The skin and fat is removed from the abdominal muscles, up to the bottom of the rib cage. All of the fat below the belly button is typically removed. The skin above the belly button is drawn down to the pubis and sutured into position. One or two drains are placed under the skin and rest on the abdominal muscle to prevent infection. These are worn until your doctor removes them and are held up by a thick “belt” of gauze.
What are the risks associated with a tummy tuck?
All surgery carries some level of risk. Abdominoplasty, under normal circumstances, is very safe – patients are carefully selected and the facility is professionally staffed and properly equipped.Your doctor will review any risks during your consultation.Learn More about Tummy Tuck Procedure Satisfaction Rate.