Tummy Tuck Surgery
A tummy tuck is the most effective and rewarding procedure.
This procedure is designed to give the patient a more sculpted and flatter abdomen. Lax and stretched skin is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened. It can be performed on both men and women. The procedure is most commonly done to treat abdominal laxity that occurs following pregnancy or weight loss. It can also be done in cases of mild obesity with an abdominal “overhang”.
Dr. Levine offers several tummy tuck options. For some patients, a mini tummy tuck may be all that is required, while for others an extended procedure may be necessary. Dr. Levine will help you to determine which of these approaches will best achieve your desired results.
Tummy Tuck Options
All abdominoplasty surgeries involve a suprapubic incision that extends out towards the hip bones. The excess skin between the pubic area and umbilicus is removed and the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened in the midline. Liposuction may be done at the same time to contour the waist, hips and buttocks. The length of the incision depends on the degree of excess tissue present. Every effort is made to carefully place the incision and minimize scarring.
Standard tummy tuck is used when there is laxity to the abdominal skin andl muscles. In most cases the muscle layer is repaired, the umbilicus is transposed to preserve an appropriate position and excess skin and fat are removed from the lower abdomen. Liposuction is commonly used for fat removal in the love handle area for patients having a standard tummy tuck.
Mini-tummy tuck can be performed through an incision in the pubic area. A mini-tummy tuck is for fullness in the lower abdominal area. The incision is minimal. It is usually performed on patients that have not had children.
Extended tummy tuck procedure involves the same steps as a standard abdominoplasty but address more severe laxity of the abdominal skin. Often the incision in the lower abdomen must extend around the sides and occasionally there is also a vertical scar required in the midline. The procedure is not uncommon for patients who have undergone significant weight loss, and are left with severely stretched skin and muscle tissue.
Recovery and Results
The procedure is done under general anesthesia and the patient can go home either the same day or following an overnight stay. Following the surgery an abdominal binder is worn for a month. The binder can be removed for showering or bathing, and can be worn under regular clothing so that the patient can return to work in one to two weeks. Normal activity can usually be resumed in one month.
Dr. Levine can perform the surgery at a private clinic that specializes in cosmetic surgery or at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?
All tummy tucks involve a suprapubic incision that extends out towards the hip bones. The excess skin between the pubic area and umbilicus is removed and the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened in the midline. Liposuction may be done at the same time to contour the waist. The length of the incision depends on the degree of excess tissue present. Every effort is made to carefully place the incision so that the scar is minimal.
How Do You Know if You’re a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Levine meets with each patient personally for an in-depth consultation at which time the tummy tuck procedure is discussed in detail. The possible complications and postoperative recovery is explained. Dr. Levine makes every attempt to ensure that each patient has realistic expectations and is a good candidate for the surgery.
If you’ve been considering a tummy tuck procedure a personal consultation with Dr. Levine can help you explore your options. Contact us today for more information.?