“Reshape Your Body & Boost Self Confidence”

Tummy tucks are so popular because with age come weakened or separated abdominal muscles, stretch marks and loose skin and tissue from pregnancy and significant weight loss. Undesirable bulges around the midsection make it hard to rock the clothes you wear and even harder to feel confident when unclothed. Armed with information, money, and the will to make changes, more and more women and men are turning back time through body contouring procedures. Who are the best candidates for abdominoplasty or modified mini tummy tucks? Those with:

  • Stable body weight, but bulging bellies
  • Fat deposits under the skin, rather than internally
  • Loose dermal folds from big weight losses
  • Stubborn round midsections, despite diet and exercise
  • Relaxed abdominal walls and loose skin due to pregnancy or weight loss

A tummy tuck, or “body lift,” requires general anesthesia in a hospital setting. Incisions are made above the pubic area, angling to the hipbones. Abdominal muscles may be tightened, fat is liposuctioned where needed, and excess skin is removed. There will be significant scarring, although it fades and flattens with time and is hidden by underwear.

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Mommy Makeover

Jogging and regular games of tennis won’t fill out deflated breasts. Spinning won’t hide your wrinkles, and weight lifting and side planks won’t change your belly. Reversing these body changes takes something extra. Premier Plastic Surgery has three of the most qualified cosmetic surgeons in the region, and guess what? We specialize in “mommy makeover” plastic surgery! Our mommy makeovers focus on four main areas:

  • Face
  • Abdomen
  • Breasts
  • Genitalia

Clients in their 40s or 50s often opt for something a bit more permanent, procedures such as breast lifts and tummy tucks to turn back the clock and to regain the confidence of a woman who is older and a whole lot wiser. While aging may cause breasts to lose volume, they lose lift, and the areolas and nipples enlarge. Our surgeons have done thousands of breast surgeries, including breast lifts, breast reductions, and breast augmentation using both saline and cohesive gel implants. There are a variety of ways to customize breast augmentation, using a broad spectrum of implant sizes and shapes. The implants can be placed either below the breast tissue and chest muscles or between the breast tissue and muscles.

What is a tummy tuck?

The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an operation intended to remove extra skin and fat on the abdomen as well as tighten the abdominal wall. It will provide a flatter, smoother abdominal and hip profile.

Reasons For Abdominoplasty Surgery:

The most common reasons for tummy tucks are:

  • Appearance of abdomen after child birth
  • Extra (redundant) skin after weight loss
  • Stretch Marks
  • Fat collections that do not respond to dieting
  • Weak bulging abdominal wall

Both women and men may be good candidates for a tummy tuck. Make contact with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons today to find out if Abdominoplasty is right for you.

How is a tummy tuck performed?

The tummy tuck procedure is performed under a general anesthetic. The incision is placed just above the pubic hair and angled up toward the hipbones designed to be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit. Another incision is placed just around the naval, leaving it in its natural position. The skin and fat of the abdomen are raised off of the muscle area of the abdomen, and commonly the muscle layers are tightened with sutures, flattening the abdomen and narrowing the waist. Redundant skin and fat are removed at this point. With removal of skin and fat, removal of the most objectionable stretch marks is usually accomplished. The remaining skin is sutured down to the lower incision, and a small incision is made to bring the naval out through this skin at its previous location. Drain tubes are placed under the abdominal skin to remove any fluid that may collect. Often, liposuction is utilized to fine tune the result of tummy tuck surgery.

What is the recovery process of a tummy tuck?

Immediately after the tummy tuck surgery you will be taken to the recovery room. During the first 24-48 hours we recommend bed rest with knees and hips flexed to take the tension off the newly tightened abdominal wall. You will empty the drain tubes every 12 hours and record the output. Short walks around the house to the bathroom or to meals are encouraged, even the day after the tummy tuck surgery, although initially you will need to walk slightly bent forward. These activities will become much more comfortable on the subsequent days. You will be encouraged not to lift over 5 pounds for the first 6-8 weeks.

In the intermediate recovery period between one and eight weeks after your tummy tuck you will be able to walk more upright and feel more comfortable walking and climbing stairs (which you will be encouraged to do). The drain tubes are usually removed at your first or second post operation appointment within the first three to seven days. There will be a few sutures from your tummy tuck that will require removal at 7-10 days (the rest will be absorbed into your body). Bruising, if present, usually disappears within the first one to two weeks. A majority of the swelling will disappear by this time, however, you will experience continued improvement during the following weeks. After the first two weeks, scar massage will be encouraged to soften and flatten the scar from your tummy tuck. Lifting exercises will be significantly limited for the first 6-8 weeks, however, walking for exercise and related activities such as Elliptical trainers, or bicycling could be attempted as early as four weeks.

Eight weeks after your tummy tuck you are released to perform any type of lifting or exercise activity that you desire. The scars will continue to mature with the pink scars fading to adjacent skin tone over the subsequent weeks and months.

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