A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the surgical removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen, along with tightening of abdomen muscles into a tighter formation. This cosmetic surgical enhancement procedure is designed for those who wish to have a flatter and tighter stomach. Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to improve abdominal contour. Pregnancy and successful weight loss all create changes that exercise alone doesn't fix.
There are areas of the body that can be nearly impossible to tone and tighten through diet and exercise alone. Factors such as pregnancy, weight change, and age significantly influence metabolism, fat accumulation, and skin elasticity. The abdominal muscles and skin along the lower half of the abdomen are notorious for being stubbornly resistant to diet and exercise. Pregnancy can also actually create more skin and decrease skin elasticity. Pregnancy also can separate your abdominal wall muscles (a diastasis). A tummy tuck (or mini tummy tuck) can be an effective solution for muscle separation, laxity, excess skin, and fat storage around the belly.
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Tummy tuck surgery has long been a favorite plastic surgery procedure due to demand, efficacy, and longevity of results. Most of our Oakland Tummy Tuck patients experience a boost in self-confidence, as well as improvements in how they look and feel in clothes and swimwear. Tummy tuck surgery eliminates excess skin and gives patients a flatter, smoother, and more youthful body contour.
Dr. Williams is known for taking his time on important details when performing tummy tuck procedures - like making sure the belly button looks natural and that scars are in more desirable areas. When it comes to a great tummy tuck, natural results are really in the minor details. Check out our tummy tuck before and after gallery to see his work.
|Length of Surgery||Complete Abdominoplasty: 1-5 Hours; Mini Abdominoplasty: 1-2 Hours|
|Inpatient / Outpatient||Outpatient|
|Anesthesia||General, sometimes local with sedation|
|Duration of Results||Long lasting. Weight loss/gain, pregnancy, and age may reduce surgical results over time|
In a Full Tummy Tuck procedure, an incision is made from one hip to the other. The skin is detached from the naval and the abdominal wall. The abdominal muscles are then tightened and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is pulled tight as the incision is closed. A new opening may be made for the naval stalk, and liposuction may be used to further sculpt the treatment area. This process results in a smoother, flatter, more youthful-looking abdominal contour.
Our Oakland Tummy Tuck patients should plan on staying home from work for at least 2 weeks while they recover. It is also important to make arrangements for care or assistance from a close friend or family member during the several days following surgery. Exparel is a new medication we use routinely during our tummy tucks. It has dramatically reduced pain and recovery time!
In a Mini Tummy Tuck, the incision is smaller and the procedure focuses on the lower portion of the abdominal area. This procedure is ideal for patients who have less excess skin and whose area of concern is smaller, and more confined to the lower portion of the abdomen.
Recovery from a Mini Tummy Tuck is typically quicker than with a Full Tummy Tuck, but patients should still plan to stay home from work for approximately 2 weeks and make plans for assistance at home for 2 days following surgery.
Liposuction is a procedure in which excess subcutaneous fat is removed through a hollow instrument via suction. It is an ideal technique for removing fat that has not responded to changes in lifestyle such as diet and exercise. It is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures and is often used in conjunction with other procedures like tummy tucks. While liposuction successfully removes fat cells, it is not considered a weight-loss treatment. New fat cells may not develop in areas treated with liposuction, but the remaining fat cells may grow if the patient gains weight after surgery. It is important to adhere to a healthy diet and exercise following your Tummy Tuck and liposuction in order to maintain results.
When the skin and fat is not excessive, a short scar version called a mini-abdominoplasty, or a mini tummy tuck, may be an alternative. The mini tummy tuck with liposuction works best for women in their early to late thirties who have had children. The scars with a mini-tummy tuck are shorter and have quicker recovery times. Finally, for patients that have little to no excess skin and good skin elasticity, Liposuction alone can be used to improve your abdominal contour.
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It is as important to prepare for your recovery from Tummy Tuck surgery as it is to prepare for the procedure itself. First, it is important to have a close friend or family member available to help care for you during the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. If you have children who rely on you for their care, arrangements for their care during your recovery should be made prior to your surgery. You should also plan for meals while you recover. You may have someone available to prepare meals for you, or you may prepare and freeze meals ahead of time to reheat during recovery. Food and toiletries should be stored where they can easily be reached without reaching, bending, or straining. It is also a good idea to make sure that you have bags of frozen peas or soft ice packs prepared and readily available, and that medications, a thermometer, wet-naps, bottled water, and crackers are placed within reach of your bed. You may also want to make sure that reading materials, devices, or remotes are charged and easy to reach.
In order to ensure that a Tummy Tuck is right for you and that your goals and plans are in line with what this procedure has to offer, it is important that you have a clear understanding of your procedure plan, your recovery, realistic expectations, potential complications and risks, scar location, anesthesia, and cost. All of these details will be discussed during your consultation, as Dr. Williams evaluates your goals and concerns to develop a surgery plan tailor-made for you.
Abdominoplasty surgery recovery times vary depending on the extent of the tummy tuck operation, and surgical techniques used. After surgical Abdominoplasty, patients stay in the hospital overnight and usually stay for additional two or three days. The bandage should be changed one week after the tummy tuck surgery operation. Rest is recommended for about two weeks after a surgical tummy tuck. You will normally be able to go back to work after about two to four weeks, but avoid doing any strenuous activity for six weeks. While you are still in the hospital, the catheter will usually be taken out during the first day. You may feel uncomfortable to begin with and have sudden urges to urinate, or have some difficulty emptying your bladder - this discomfort should decrease within 24 hours. You will be wearing the compression garment, which supports your abdomen and helps you to heal, and will probably feel a sensation of skin pulling and tenderness in the affected areas.
These are common side effects, and will disappear in a couple of weeks. Don't strain or stretch the healing wound as this will increase swelling and slow your recovery. Continue wearing your support garment for at least a month. When you go home, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Follow the instructions in the patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine and ask your pharmacist for advice.Full abdominoplasty recovery can take between three and six months, and your scars will continue to fade after that time.
Once you have met with Dr. Williams, established your Tummy Tuck surgery plan, and scheduled your procedure, you will be given detailed instructions for preparing for your surgery. If you smoke, you will be asked to quit prior to your Tummy Tuck. You may also be asked to temporarily discontinue the use of certain medications such as aspirin, contraceptive pills, and others which may inhibit the blood’s ability to clot. Dr. Williams may also recommend weight loss or other lifestyle changes in the time leading up to your Tummy Tuck.
The ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are patients in relatively good physical shape, who are unhappy with an excess of skin or fat in the abdominal area that is resistant to exercise. Often women who have been through pregnancy and childbirth have a laxity of underlying muscles which makes it very difficult to achieve a flat and firm abdomen again. This is because the skin and muscles have stretched beyond the point where they can naturally return to their normal location and shape. Other ideal candidates for abdominoplasty procedures are those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess sagging skin in the abdominal area. Older patients, who may have lost skin elasticity or have sagging skin due to the ageing process, are also good candidates for tummy tuck procedures. It is essential that before you undergo an abdominoplasty procedure that you understand what happens during and after the operation, and that you have realistic expectations. Body contour and appearance can be greatly enhanced and improved by having a tummy tuck, which will repair and tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess sagging skin. Your appearance after you have recovered from the tummy tuck surgery will improve, which may give you increased self-confidence. However, ensure that you are having the procedure for the right reasons, and not to please somebody else.
You must also be prepared for the fact that abdominoplasty operations leave a permanent scar, normally across the full width of the bikini line. However, a good surgeon will ensure that the incision is made in such a way and in such a location that it can be easily hidden behind your underwear. You should not consider tummy tuck surgery if:
Tummy tuck is not suitable for people with:
Liposuction surgery cannot be used to treat obesity alone. It will also not necessarily eliminate cellulite. The procedure helps to improve a patient’s body contour, and will not make you lose weight.
Tummy tuck surgery (or abdominoplasty) is a procedure used to give you a tighter, flatter stomach and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your lower abdomen. This type of surgery is performed on patients who have skin and abdominal wall slackness after pregnancy or significant weight loss. Abdominoplasty surgery offers a solution by flattening the slack skin and tightening the muscles of the relaxed tummy wall. If needed, excess subcutaneous fatty tissue can be removed as well. Tummy tuck surgery not only results in a better appearance and function, but it also stops the slackening process of the abdominal wall. The results can be long-lasting, especially if you exercise, eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight after your operation. Tummy tuck surgery can give you a tighter, flatter stomach and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your lower abdomen. The operation can remove folds of skin left behind after losing a lot of weight, and tighten stretched skin and muscles after pregnancy in women who don't plan to have another baby. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for losing weight through regular physical activity and a healthy, balanced diet, and cannot be used for weight control.
If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, you should have a full consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, followed by a full and comprehensive medical examination. A Tummy tuck usually requires a one or two night stay in the hospital and is done under general anesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the procedure. With a general anesthetic you must typically not eat or drink for about six hours beforehand. However some anesthetists allow occasional sips of water until two hours before the abdominoplasty procedure.
The incision and resulting scar runs closely above the pubic hair within the entire width between the hip bones, and is situated where it is easily covered with underwear along its entire length. In addition to removing excess skin slack, tummy tuck surgery also includes the transfer of the navel to a new position, reinforcement of the abdominal wall by suturing loose tummy muscles, and subcutaneous tissue removal if required. The operation times vary, depending on the extent of the abdominoplasty operation. There are three types of tummy tuck options available depending on how much skin and fat you want removed. Your surgeon will explain which type is most suitable for you after a full consultation. A complete abdominoplasty can take one to five hours. A partial abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) can be completed in one to two hours.
The three types of tummy tuck are:
STANDARD TUMMY TUCK Your abdominoplasty surgeon makes surgical cuts into your abdomen and above your bikini line. Your belly button is cut from the surrounding skin. Stretched or torn muscles are pulled together and stitched into place and excess fat is removed. Your skin is then pulled down and the excess trimmed off. Your belly button will then be repositioned to fit the new shape of your abdomen. The cuts are closed with stitches and your lower abdomen is firmly strapped with bandages. You will have a scar around your belly button and a long curved scar along your bikini line, which can usually sit behind the line of your underwear.
MINI TUMMY TUCK Only the skin and fat below your belly button is removed leaving a long curved scar along your bikini line.
EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK Excess skin and fat from your abdomen and your back is removed by your abdominoplasty surgeon. You will have a scar around your belly button and a long curved scar along your bikini line and around your back. In preparation for your operation your Abdominoplasty surgeon may ask you to:
When you arrive at the hospital for your tummy tuck operation, your nurse will explain how you will be cared for and do preliminary testing such as checking your heart rate, blood pressure, and testing your urine. Your surgeon will then usually visit you to discuss the operation and ask you to sign a consent form. This confirms that you understand the risks, benefits and possible alternatives to the procedure and that you give your consent for the abdominoplasty procedure to go ahead. Your surgeon may mark the operation site by drawing lines on your abdomen, and with your consent may take photographs so that the results of your abdominoplasty before and after can be compared. You will then be prepared for surgery, and you will be asked to wear compression stockings to help prevent blood clots forming in the veins in your legs. You will also be measured for a support garment to wear after the operation to aid your healing and recovery.
Complete abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required, while partial abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) may take an hour or two.
STEP 1- ANESTHESIA The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your abdominoplasty surgeon will recommend the best choice for you. If you have general anesthesia you will sleep through the operation. Depending on your medical history, your surgeon may use local anesthesia combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You'll be awake but relaxed, and your abdominal region will be insensitive to pain, though you may feel a tugging sensation or some discomfort.
STEP 2 - THE INCISIONS A complete (or full) abdominoplasty involves:
A partial (mini) abdominoplasty involves:
STEP 3 - CLOSING THE INCISIONS Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips are used to close the skin incisions.
STEP 4 - THE RESULTS When you wake up from the Abdominoplasty surgery you will experience some temporary symptoms such as pain and discomfort for the first few days. Your doctor will prescribe you some pain relief for this. Your abdomen will be swollen and bruised and you may experience some residual bleeding. It is normal to experience a feeling of numbness below your belly button and some patients feel nauseous and find themselves vomiting after surgery due to the anesthesia. You will need to wear a special pressure garment over the area that was operated on in order to aid in healing and decrease the amount of swelling that takes place. You may have a catheter (a fine tube) fitted to drain urine from your bladder into a bag. This means that you don't have to get up to go to the toilet straight after the operation. You may also have fine plastic tubes (drains) running from under the skin on your tummy for up to 48 hours which allow blood and fluids to drain into a bag. You may have a drip in your arm to keep you hydrated. If your abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following your tummy tuck operation. Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight, and within a week or two you will be able to see your new, slimmer profile.
The best way to minimize the side effects and risks caused by surgical abdominoplasty is to find a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon to do your tummy tuck operation. However, as each patient varies greatly in their anatomy, medical history, physical reactions and their capacity for healing, the outcome of abdominoplasty, as with any other operation, is unpredictable. Surgical abdominoplasty is commonly performed and generally considered safe. However, in order to make an informed decision and give your consent, you must to be aware of the possible side-effects and the potential risk of complications from this operation.Abdominoplasty side effects can include:
Possible complications and risks after abdominoplasty surgery include:
You can reduce the abdominoplasty risks by following your Abdominoplasty surgeons advice before and after the operation.
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