Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
What is an Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery offered by Dr. Parakh. Its goal is to remove those unwanted rolls of fat and excess skin that persist around a patient’s tummy no matter how much they diet and exercise. Tummy tuck results in a more slender and youthful silhouette and enhanced self-esteem for many patients.
Pregnancy and/or weight gain can result in baggy and excess abdominal skin and fat, stretch marks and lose stretched out abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty can reverse these changes in men and women alike and create a flat and firm abdomen.
There are three basic types of abdominoplasty.
Traditional (Standard) abdominoplasty
Mini-abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck)
This procedure is reserved for patients who have had maasive weight loss and have excess skin both verticall and horizontally. Besides the low bikini line transverse scar, another incision is made that goes up and down from below the breast midline to the pubic area.
If a patient has excess skin extending to the back, then they may require a procedure called lower body lift in which a circumferential incision is made and the entire torso is addressed.
Is Abdominoplasty right for me?
An abdominoplasty not only dramatically improves the look of the patient’s body but also boosts confidence. Patients who have loose abdominal skin, extra fatty tissue, or lax bulging abdomen benefit from abdominoplasty. Too many people with loose abdominal skin complain that no matter how much they work out, they are unable to make this area tight. Unfortunately the only way to get rid of loose excess skin is by removing it with techniques like abdominoplasty.
Are You a Good Candidate for an Abdominoplasty?
A patient who’s a good candidate for an abdominoplasty is in generally good health and at a stable weight that they are happy with. Tummy tuck patients include moms who have loose skin of the front of the abdomen due to pregnancy or men and women who have undergone weight loss procedures or lost weight through diet and exercise and now have loose skin of the abdomen or protruding abdomen. This is a special problem of women who’ve had several children and whose abdominal muscles have slackened due to childbearing. It’s also a problem for people who’ve had weight loss surgery, people who’ve lost a great deal of weight for other reasons and for older people whose abdominal muscles sag due to the aging process.
Moms should put off abdominoplasty till they you have completed your family and do not want to have any more children. If you are currently a smoker, you will have to give up smoking for at least 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after your tummy tuck surgery as the nicotine interferes with healing
What is an Abdominoplasty Consultation Like?
During an abdominoplasty consultation, the patient meets with Dr. Parakh in her office. She will take their medical history and listen to why the patient wants a tummy tuck and what they expect from the operation.
Dr. Parakh will tell the patient to stop smoking and stop taking aspirin, herbal supplements and birth control pills at least two weeks before the surgery. In the case of birth control pills, she may ask that the patient stop six weeks before. All of these medications can interfere with blood clotting. She’ll take photographs to compare the shape of the patient’s body before and after the surgery and measure them for a support garment to wear after the surgery.
An abdominoplasty surgery lasts between two and five hours, with the patient is under general anesthesia. This means they’re asleep and feel no pain. Dr. Parakh combines the abdominoplasty with liposuction of the love handles and waist to create a shapely contour. The surgery can be done as outpatient where the patient goes home same day or patients have the option of staying at the hospital overnight. If drains are placed at the time of surgery, they are usually removed one week later at your follow up appointment. The compression garment is typically worn for 4-6 weeks. Most patients can return to work after 2 weeks. This surgery provides instant gratification for the patient when you wake up and see that all the lose skin is gone, however final results are not evident till 3 months after surgery. The overwhelming majority of Dr. Parakh’s patients are thrilled with their abdominoplasty and their only regret is they wish they had done it sooner!