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Tummy Tuck FAQs

Tummy tucks – also known as abdominoplasties – are one of the most common procedures performed by cosmetic surgeons. Tummy tucks have become more popular not only because of the dramatic results most patients show but also because of our focus on health and fitness. Recent advances in the operation offer better pain control and a smoother recovery. Here are a few of our patients’ most common questions about this operation.

“Do I need a full tummy tuck, or can I have a smaller scar – for example, with a “mini” tummy tuck or just liposuction?”

 

Every tummy tuck is slightly different, since everyone’s problem areas are different. Some patients have too much loose skin, some have lots of stretch marks, some have too much fat, and some people’s muscles been stretched or separated by pregnancy. People with tight skin can benefit from procedures which result in reduced scarring approach, such as liposuction, an endoscopic abdominoplasty, or a mini-abdominoplasty. If there is a lot of loose skin that needs tightening, you will require a longer scar. We always try to keep scars as short as possible, but what matters most is how your skin and waist look after surgery, since tummy tuck scars are hidden under shorts and a bathing suit.

Will a tummy tuck help my stretch marks?”

Absolutely. After pregnancy, most women’s stretch marks are below their belly buttons, and this is the skin that is removed in a tummy tuck. Unlike lasers and creams (which I don’t think I have ever seen help anyone at all, once they’re a year out from having their last baby), an abdominoplasty completely removes this skin, making your entire abdomen look like the much less damaged skin between your ribcage and your belly button – but even better, since even that undamaged skin is stretched and looks better than before!

“How much discomfort will I have after a tummy tuck?”

Years ago, tummy tucks were frequently performed in hospitals, and many patients could not stand straight up for a week or two. We perform all of our tummy tucks in one of our two outpatient surgery centers, so our patients are up and walking on the first night after surgery. Most patients need 3 or 4 days of a mild narcotic pain reliever and are back to their normal light activities about two days after they stop taking pain medicine. People who had had a prior C-section say that the discomfort is a 2-3 if the C-section pain was a 10.

“How long is the recovery after a tummy tuck?”

The answer to this question depends on what you mean by “recovery.” All our patients are walking around their homes on the first day after surgery. Most people are able to get out of the house for light exercise and shopping (but NO HEAVY LIFTING) on the third or fourth day after surgery. You can drive a car about a week after surgery, and you can start lower body aerobic exercise (a recumbent stationary bike is the best at this stage) at ten days after surgery. After that, it is up to you and how you feel, but you can’t lift anything heavier than 30 pounds until a month after surgery because we don’t want anything to mess up the muscle tightening you’ve gotten.

“Will the results last?”

Absolutely! As long as your weight remains fairly stable, abdominoplasties are usually a ‘one and done’ procedure, which does not need to be repeated. Of course, your skin will continue to age after surgery, but it almost never gets back to the looseness that you had before surgery.

“After pregnancy, my tummy needs help, but my breasts do, too. Can you work on both at the same time?”

Absolutely. Lots of patients have changes to both their abdomen and their breasts after childbirth and nursing. Combining abdominal and breast contouring after pregnancy is so common that it has a name – “mommy makeover.” Combining these procedures makes a lot of sense, because you save a little money on the operations and can combine your recovery times, making it easier to fit both operations into your hectic schedule.

By Dr. Ingram

 

Tummy Tuck Transformation

Tummy Tuck

We all strive to look our best, yet sometimes, despite hard work, the body we want still isn’t ours. Pregnancy, hormones, and genetics all play a part in how our body looks and changes over time. But today, aging gracefully is achievable and more accessible than ever.

Many people turn to cosmetic surgery to sculpt the body they want, especially when their best efforts aren’t working. If sit-ups are not transforming your stomach or if you have extra flab or excess skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, a tummy tuck might be the next step.  

While fat reduction treatments are becoming popular, they simply won’t give you the dramatic effect and transformation of a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes extra fat and skin. It also flattens the abdomen and tightens muscles in the abdominal wall.

There are two types of procedures, a mini tummy tuck, and a full tummy tuck. Below we will explain each one and help you decide if you are an ideal candidate for this transformative surgery.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens the look of the belly below the belly button. A single incision is made just above the pubic mound, and then your cosmetic surgeon will tighten loose muscles and remove excess skin to achieve a smooth and flat abdominal wall.

If you are mainly concerned with a “pooch” or loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button, a mini-tummy tuck may be a good option for you. The benefits of a mini-tummy tuck include a shorter, less involved procedure, a quicker recovery time, and a flat lower abdomen.

However, if your concerns extend above the belly button as well, you may need to consider a full tummy tuck.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that reduces excess fat and skin from the waist. In most cases, it can also restore weak or separated muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. A horizontal or U-shaped incision is made above the pubic mound, then your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. In some cases, a second incision is done around the navel to address excess skin above the belly button.

If you are concerned with roundness or excess skin folds above and below your belly button, a full tummy tuck may be right for you. The scar from a full tummy tuck will typically run from hip bone to hip bone, but can usually be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. Benefits of a full tummy tuck include a flatter, smoother abdomen, and the reduced appearance of stretch marks.

Best Candidates For a Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks can help anyone whose body has undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck is suitable for women and men who are in good health or those who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.

Women who have experienced one or several pregnancies may find this procedure helpful for tightening abdominal muscles and reducing loose skin.

Is A Tummy Tuck Right For You?

Before undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should consider whether they can achieve the results they want with diet and exercise or with a less invasive procedure. Some transformations, however, will only be attainable through a tummy tuck.

Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, your transformation can be impacted by significant fluctuations in weight. Individuals who are planning substantial weight loss, or women are considering future pregnancies are advised to postpone this procedure. During surgery, vertical muscles are tightened, and future pregnancies can separate those muscles.

It’s also important to remember that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program for a flat stomach.

Are you considering a tummy tuck? The Marvel team can help you find the correct procedure for you. Every patient of ours is offered a complimentary consultation before they undergo any procedure.

Contact us today at 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation!

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – How to Choose

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck - How to Choose

Bikini season is just around the corner. And if you’re considering a procedure to remove stubborn fat, there are several great options to consider. Two of the most popular procedures to remove stubborn fat and tackle trouble areas are liposuction and a tummy tuck.

So what’s the difference between these two procedures and how do you choose what’s right for you? Let’s break it down and take a look! 

Liposuction

Liposuction in its most basic form, is a popular cosmetic surgery that is performed by using suction to break down and suction out the excess fat deposits from the body

As one of the most sought out cosmetic surgery procedures in the world, liposuction isn’t considered a major operation. In fact, it is considered a very minor invasive procedure and is generally an outpatient type of surgery. Some patients may be under general anesthesia but most only require IV sedation and are allowed to go home the same day as the surgery.

Here are some of the most common “target” areas where traditional liposuction is performed:

  • Abdomen and Waist
  • Back
  • Calves and Ankles
  • Chest Area
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Inner knee
  • Thighs
  • Upper arm

Here at Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we also offer an all-inclusive liposuction procedure called Lipo360, to contour and shape the midsection, 360 degrees around. The possible areas for treatment are the upper and lower abdominals, the flanks on both sides, and the lower and mid-back.

This procedure uses a vacuum to target and suction fat from specific areas in the midsection. Our surgeons use special techniques to accentuate the patient’s natural curves and create a dramatic yet natural-looking result.

However, bear in mind, Liposuction is not a weight management program nor a solution for treating obesity.

Ideal patients are those who have a good bill of health, are close or near their goal weight (BMI), nonsmokers, have great skin elasticity and have no blood flow/circulation issues. You should consider getting a liposuction if you have areas of fat deposits that are disproportionate to the rest of your body. Patients who still have a significant amount of weight to lose are not good candidates for liposuction.

If you are aiming for a sleeker contour and want more definition in certain areas of the body then liposuction is a great option for you.

Tummy Tuck

A flat and well-toned abdomen is what many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes though, these methods cannot guarantee results.

Abdominoplasty or more commonly known as “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure where excess skin and fat from the waist, middle and lower abdomen is removed. This also involves tightening the abdominal muscles which leads to a smaller bulge in the stomach and abdominal area.

The procedure itself is done through a hip-to-hip cut or an incision at the bikini line. The skin and fat is then lifted off the abdominal wall where any excess skin is pulled down and removed. Any stretch marks as a result of childbearing or obesity is repaired through the stitching. This results in the tightening of the underlying muscles in the abdominal wall, which leads to a flatter stomach.

As this is a more invasive procedure compared to liposuction, recovery times tend to be longer. A patient will need at least 2 to 4 weeks for the body to recover, while scars and swelling may take a couple of months to heal.

In summary, if you’re looking to just sculpt or shape certain “target” areas in your body, then liposuction is the way to go. If your problem is excess skin due to weight loss or child birth, then tummy tuck might be a better fit.

Keep in mind that while these are separate procedures, it is possible to have both of these done to get the optimal results for the ideal body shape you want.

With summer just around the corner, we at Marvel Cosmetic are here to help you achieve your ideal shape. Curious to learn more and decide which procedure is right for you? Schedule a free consultation and one of our doctors will walk you through your options and answer any questions you might have. Reach out to us today at 615-538-0399 and take a step towards a bikini ready body!