Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men and women who have abdominal skin laxity, separated (weakened) abdominal muscles or excess fat in and around their midsections. Women who have had pregnancies frequently have abdominoplasty to resolve these common post pregnancy concerns. Additionally, people who have undergone significant weight loss, whether through lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery or both, often get a tummy tuck to help reveal their slimmer, fitter figure.
A tummy tuck is commonly combined with liposuction to better enhance the overall body shape. Liposuction can be applied to the upper abdomen and flanks to create a more sculpted, streamlined look when combined with your tummy tuck. Many women who have completed their families include abdominoplasty with their mommy makeovers.
Get a Free Tummy Tuck Consultation
The first step in achieving your ideal figure is scheduling your complimentary consultation with Dr. Andan. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to helping you feel great about your body.
Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
Dr. Andan offers complimentary consultations for anyone considering a tummy tuck. During your consultation, he’ll listen to you and assess you and advice you if you are a good candidate. He’ll also give you a more detailed breakdown of the procedure and the results you can expect.
Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure begins with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks when indicated to remove excess fat so as to reveal a well toned and sculpted abdomen. Next, Dr. Andan makes sure to place the incisions very low so that the resulting scar can be covered by undergarments, including a bikini. He will also pull the two halves of the abdominal muscles together, resolving abdominal separation (abdominal laxity) commonly caused by pregnancy or weight gain. After fixing the abdominal muscles in place with sutures, he will tighten the stomach skin and remove any excess for a tauter, more youthful belly.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Dr. Andan also offers a mini tummy tuck option for people with less extensive contouring needs. A mini tummy tuck is ideal for those who mostly have excess skin laxity in the lower abdomen only. This procedure offers the benefit of a slightly smaller incision and can be the right option for men and women primarily concerned with the lower abdomen. During a mini tummy tuck, liposuction of the entire abdomen and or waist is performed if indicated to remove excess fat and reveal greater contours that enhance the results of the mini tummy tuck. This procedure can be performed using local or general anesthesia.
Your Recovery & Results
After returning home from your tummy tuck, you can expect to receive a personal phone call from our office to make sure you are doing well and respond to any questions you might have about your recovery.
The healing process for abdominoplasty depends on the individual, whether you included any additional procedures and which type of tummy tuck you had. Generally, a mini tummy tuck requires a shorter recovery period, but in both cases, some soreness and bruising is to be expected. You will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your surgery to promote optimal blood circulation and keep swelling to a minimum.
During your post op visit, Dr. Andan will provide instructions on how to achieve a perfect scar. Dr. Andan understands that many people wish to have well healed scars that don’t interfere with their cosmetic results.
Most people take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks of downtime after getting a tummy tuck. It’s important to avoid strenuous activity for several weeks after a tummy tuck.
Your final results can take 3 to 6 months to fully develop. You should notice a more contoured figure, tauter skin and more defined abdominal muscles. Many people who have had a tummy tuck report that the procedure helped them feel infinitely more confident about their midsection both in and out of their clothes.
Your Next Step
Take the next step by scheduling your complimentary consultation with Dr. Andan. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to helping you feel great about your body.