Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening muscles of abdominal wall. The incision length and position can be customized to suit each patient’s unique cosmetic concerns and goals. The overall result is a tighter, smoother, more toned looking mid-section.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck and Complementary Procedures
A tummy tuck is designed to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen while simultaneously tightening the underlying musculature. This process can be particularly beneficial for patients with stretched or torn abdominal muscles, as this condition can cause the abdomen to protrude and cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone. Mothers will often choose a tummy tuck as part of a more comprehensive mommy makeover plan. Some patients also choose to combine tummy tuck with liposuction to maximize their results for an even more contoured silhouette.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape, but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Dr. Paul LoVerme uses special muscle-tightening techniques to create a slimmer waist as well. Tummy tuck surgery can be particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity, associated with significant weight loss, is also a common indication for abdominoplasty in men and women.
Cost of Tummy Tuck
Each tummy tuck is customized to meet the expectations of the patient. Consequently, the exact price of the procedure will vary depending upon a number of factors, including degree of difficulty, how much fatty tissue is removed, surgeon and anesthesiologist fees, and any necessary post-operative medications. The LoVerme Center offers a number of financing options to help patients pay for their tummy tuck in a manner that fits comfortably with their budget.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Dr. LoVerme’s abdominoplasty procedure differs from the standard technique. Over the past thirty years, Dr. LoVerme has used multiple techniques to provide his patients with a more comfortable and safe recuperation. For over twenty years, he used two silicone drains which removed fluid from underneath the abdominal flap. These drains would remain in place for 1-4 weeks and prevent his patient from showering or bathing, as well as increase risks of infection. Dr. LoVerme then used tissue glue which decreased the length of time that drains stayed in place but there were still occasionally problems with seromas or hematomas.
Dr. LoVerme has used the Progressive Tension Suture (PTS) technique, originated by Drs. Pollock, for “no drain abdominoplasty” since 2007. This technique allows secure healing and prevents fluid accumulation without the use of drains. Surgical drains can be uncomfortable and cause anxiety for many patients following abdominoplasty. The PTS technique allows Dr. LoVerme not to use any drains in his abdominoplasty patients. When this technique is used, patients can often return to their normal physical activities sooner without any increased complications. Patients are also often more comfortable, can bathe two days after surgery, and have a decreased risk of hematomas or seromas.
Tummy Tuck Recovery and Results
As with any major surgery, tummy tuck patients can expect to experience some swelling and bruising. Any discomfort can be easily managed with oral pain medication. While recovery times can vary, most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities within one to two weeks. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least six weeks. Dr. LoVerme recommends taking short walks as soon as patients feel comfortable to promote circulation and facilitate the healing process.
The tummy tuck incision can be made low on the abdomen, directly above the pubic area, allowing patients to comfortably wear swimsuits, bikini bottoms, or underwear without any visible scarring. Once the healing process is complete, patients can enjoy a slimmer, more youthful looking figure.
To learn more about tummy tuck, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. LoVerme, please contact our office today.
Age: 32 / Ht: 4’11” / Wt: 102 lbs
Mini abdominoplasty with liposuction