T.Y. Steven Ip, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Plastic Surgeons, Tummy Tuck, Cosmetic Surgeon
What is a tummy tuck and why should I consider it?
Patients who want to get better looking abs have found their greatest ally in the latest advancements in cosmetic tummy tuck procedures. According to Dr. Steven Ip, a tummy tuck is the method of removing excess skin and fat deposits in the abdominal region while, at the same time, strengthening the abdominal wall to create a smoother, firmer, and more toned abdominal profile. Although it is certainly an achievement to work hard through diet and exercise to get flatter and sculpted abs, these methods may sometimes fall short of the mark and result in a stubborn amount of fat deposited in the abdominal area that does not seem to go away no matter how hard you work. Patients seeking a tummy tuck are usually individuals that have stable bodyweight but are concerned about their protruding abdomens. This condition is usually a result of aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or even previous surgery. Patients are advised, however, that a tummy tuck is intended to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal region, but that is not intended as a weight loss substitute.
What are the risks of getting a tummy tuck?
As with any other procedure that requires surgical correction, a tummy tuck poses several potential side effects including scarring, pain or discomfort, possible bleeding and fluid accumulation, skin loss, altered skin sensation, blood clots, discoloration of the treated area, potential infections from inadequate wound healing, possible nerve damage, loss of skin or loosening of the skin, and other adverse effects that may require revision on surgery. It is very important to have a comprehensive initial consultation to ensure that the benefits, as well as the disadvantages of the procedure, are explained and understood.
What happens during a tummy tuck?
Before starting the procedure, the doctor recommends the best anesthesia option for the patient. The choices usually include general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
An incision will be made along the patient’s pubic hairline, usually running across the area of the navel. The length of the incision, as well as the shape, will depend upon the extent of correction that is required by each individual patient.
Incisions will give the doctors access to the underlying abdominal muscles that will be reinforced using deep tissue sutures. The excess fat and tissues will be removed, and the patient’s skin will be stretched across the reshaped abdominal area. The belly button may be repositioned to a more optimal location in the newly contoured abdomen.
Excess skin will be trimmed off, and the incision will be closed using skin adhesives, surgical tape, or sutures.
What results should I expect from a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck procedure will result in a firmer abdominal profile that is specifically designed to be proportionate with the rest of the patient’s body. Initial swelling and bruising may obscure the final effect, but this should be resolved after a couple of weeks.
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