Tummy Tuck, also known as "Abdominoplasty"
A loose and sagging tummy can detract from your natural beauty. Excess skin contributes to undefined abdominal contours that are preventing you from having that firm, toned tummy you desire. Your clothes may not fit properly, or you may wear unattractive styles to hide your unflattering stomach rolls. Tummy tuck surgery can eliminate excess skin and fat and tighten the abdomen for a leaner appearance thereby restoring confidence in your body. Schedule a Tummy Tuck consultation with Dr. J. Brian Boyd in South Bay.
How can a tummy tuck help?
An abdominoplasty can transform the contours of your body. By removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles, a more toned tummy will result: something that is elusive even with traditional diet and exercise.
Abdominal skin and muscles expand during pregnancy to make room for your growing baby. For some women, this affects the elasticity of the skin and muscles, making it difficult to return to their toned pre-baby appearance. Many women find that they have developed a stomach “pooch” from weakened abdominal muscles coupled with minor skin sagging in the lower abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck
- Utilizes a smaller incision located along the lower abdomen
- Pulls together and tightens the abdominal muscles
- Removes excess skin and re-drapes the remaining tissue to highlight the new abdominal contour
- Treats skin that may have been resistant to toning through exercise
After Major Weight Loss
When we gain weight, especially if we keep it on for a while, our skin becomes permanently stretched. Many people find that after a dramatic weight loss, they are left with excess skin that obscures their new, thinner body. After weight loss, men and women may have loose abdominal contours that they were unable to tone while carrying the extra weight.
High Lateral Tension Tummy Tuck
- Addresses excess skin that has accumulated around the upper, mid, and lower abdomen
- Tightens loose or distended abdominal muscles for a leaner appearance
- Provides improvement to the hips and thighs
- Eliminates unnecessary weight in the form of extra skin and fat
Multiple Trouble Areas
Many patients who seek tummy tuck surgery also complain of troublesome fat deposits around the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Excess fat adds unnecessary weight and can mask the new abdominal contours created after tightening the abdominal muscles.
- Elimination of unwanted fat deposits
- Highlights and improves abdominal contours
- Slims the silhouette
- Restores the waist
- Fat removed through liposuction can be used for fat transfer to the breasts, buttocks, or face
What Do You Desire?
Firm Abdominal Appearance
Eliminating excess skin improves the appearance of the abdomen so it looks smoother and firmer. A firm abdomen allows for a wider variety of clothing to fit better. A firm stomach helps you feel more confident when looking in the mirror and more comfortable in your social and business interactions.
Toned Abdominal Contour
Combining a tummy tuck and liposuction can help create more defined abs. Along with improving the abdominal appearance, toning the abdomen helps strengthen your core. A stronger core can help you feel more fit and improve your posture, and better posture can reduce backache and other chronic pains.
Smaller Number on the Scale
You can carry extra weight in the form of skin and fat. Removing excess tissue helps you shed those unwanted pounds, helping you reach your final weight-loss goal. Feeling lighter and looking better can help inspire you to live a healthier lifestyle.
Improvement in the Appearance of Stretch Marks
While tummy tuck surgery does not eliminate all stretch marks, most patients see a noticeable improvement in their appearance. Tummy tuck surgery dramatically reduces the total number of stretch marks, since those on the excised skin are eliminated permanently, and the few remaining are shifted downwards.
The most important benefit of tummy tuck surgery is that it helps people find happiness in their bodies once again. All the physical improvements come together to change not only how you look but also how you feel about yourself. Feeling comfortable with your body can help you feel more confident about yourself generally. This, in turn, helps improve other aspects of your life by making you more positive and outgoing.
Addressing Your Concerns
You will experience some bruising, redness, and swelling following your surgery. A compression garment worn for the first several weeks helps improve circulation and promote better healing. You should rest for the first few days after your procedure, taking care to avoid any strenuous activities.
Depending on the physical nature of your work, you should be able to return within two to three weeks. You can resume your regular exercise routine after four to six weeks with your surgeon’s permission.
The cost of a tummy tuck is variable and is determined on a patient-by-patient basis. Typically, the cost of tummy tuck surgery begins at $7,500. The cost includes surgical, anesthesia, and facility fees and depends on the technique used, the extent of correction required, and the estimated duration of the surgery. Dr. Boyd will provide a custom quote during your consultation.
The first few days following your procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort. Any associated pain is controlled using prescribed oral medication. The discomfort should only last for a few days.
Tummy tuck surgery can result in scarring. The extent of the scarring depends on the technique used for your procedure. Mini tummy tucks usually result in a smaller scar in the lower abdomen; however this procedure is not appropriate for everyone. High lateral tension tummy tucks will leave a more extensive scar that can run from hip to hip. The scar from a traditional abdominoplasty lies between these two. Incisions are usually placed in locations that can easily be concealed with underwear or swimwear and will likely fade over time.
Skin and fatty tissue are permanently removed during the tummy tuck procedure. Most patients achieve long-lasting results. However, you are subject to additional weight fluctuations and the natural aging process. Living a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise is important to maintain your ideal tummy tuck results.
Frequently Asked Questions
General anesthesia is used during tummy tuck surgery to ensure patient comfort and safety.
Typically, patients who have undergone massive weight loss have excess skin above the navel as well as below it. The longer incision allows for more extensive removal of tissue from the abdomen. Most weight-loss patients feel that the amount of skin removed is worth the extensive incision.
A stronger core helps support the lower spine. The spinal support straightens the back and can relieve painful pressure.
No; liposuction is only used to remove excess fat to enhance your contours. Some patients will find that they do not need to eliminate fat and that skin removal provides them with the results they desire.
Most patients wear their compression garment for a month following their procedure. The garment helps minimize swelling and improves circulation. However, your doctor will advise you as to when will be the best time to discontinue wearing your compression garment.