• Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Explained

  • [fusion_text]Who is a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

    Have you lost weight and now struggle with excess skin? Are unhappy with the results you’ve achieved with diet and exercise following your pregnancy? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you could be a strong candidate for a tummy tuck. Technically known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a common cosmetic operation that helps to flatten and tighten the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin. Tightening the abdominal muscles may also help give the stomach a flatter, leaner appearance.
    Who Should NOT Receive a Tummy Tuck?
    If you are planning to bear children in the future, a tummy tuck isn’t right for you. During pregnancy, the abdominal wall and its muscles are forced to expand. This will tend to undo the effects of the tummy tuck and possibly lead to other complications.

    If you are continuing to diet and plan on losing significantly more weight, then postpone the procedure – consider a tummy tuck after you have reached or are close to your weight loss goal.

    Also, bear in mind that abdominoplasty is a major operation, and while Dr Perry will do all he can to minimize scarring, scars are an unavoidable, lasting effect of the procedure. If this is a concern for you, be upfront about it when talking to Dr Perry during your initial consultation.
    Is Tummy Tuck the only way to contour the tummy and waistline?
    No. Liposuction may also flatten a tummy. But the skin must be capable of contracting as it heals following the procedure. Liposuction and fat transfer to other areas of the body is often performed at the same time as a tummy tuck.
    Can tummy tuck be combined with liposuction of the tummy?
    Yes. A variation in tummy tuck technique allows tummy liposuction to be safely performed at the same time as a tummy tuck. Liposuction may be done with either a full or partial tummy tuck.
    Full versus partial tummy tuck?
    There are many variations to a tummy tuck but they can all be placed into one of two categories- full versus partial. Both operations are invasive, but the full tummy tuck will likely lead to more scarring and a longer recovery period.

    A full tummy tuck is needed when there is a lot of stretched skin above the belly button. The incision is made low on the abdomen and runs from one hipbone to the other or longer. The skin, tissue and muscle will be moved and manipulated; the belly button will be detached; and a new, repositioned navel will be created.

    A partial, sometimes called a limited or mini, tummy tuck is best when there is little or no extra skin above the belly button. The partial tummy tuck requires a smaller incision; doesn’t necessitate navel relocation; and the operation itself takes far less time than a full abdominoplasty.
    What are the risks associated with tummy tucks?
    Remember, as with any operation, there are risks related to tummy tucks –Dr Perry will help minimize these during your recovery.

    Some of the potential risks and side effects include:

    • Pain
    • Swelling
    • Bruising
    • Wide or raised scarring
    • Internal bleeding
    • Infection
    • Blood clots (the risks are higher if you have a preexisting medical conditions and full tummy tuck surgery)
    • Abdomen appear lumpy or uneven

    Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures are common, and through advances in cosmetic surgery, as well as technology, their safety rating is better than ever. However, risks are an inherent part of any operation. Be sure to be an inquisitive, clear communicator during the consultation process.

    Take the first step:

    If you are considering a tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with Dr Perry. At your consultation Dr. Perry will carefully listen to your concerns and goals, perform the appropriate examination, answer any questions and explain your options often using computer imaging.[/fusion_text]