Who Can Benefit From Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Recent Weight Loss
Your skin retains its shape through elasticity, and during weight gain, many people develop laxity of their skin. You may find that at the end of your weight loss, you have excess sagging skin around your waist and abdomen. This unwanted tissue can prevent you from shedding those last few inches around your waist. Choosing tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve the body contour you’ve always desired.
Your body goes through dramatic changes during pregnancy. The skin rapidly stretches, the connective tissue in your abdominal wall becomes weak, and you store excess fat. It is common to feel unhappy with the new tone of your body following pregnancy. A tummy tuck can help restore a firmer, more toned abdominal appearance that feels more like your pre-baby body.
If you had a toned appearance in the past and now find that your abdomen isn’t as tight as it used to be, you may have age-related laxity. Continual exercise can keep your muscles tight, but the skin around your abdomen still succumbs to a loss of elasticity. People with age-related laxity often comment that they have a flabby, undefined appearance. Tummy tucks define and enhance your abdomen for a younger-looking physique.
Your Unique Tummy Tuck Procedure
Achieved With a Tummy Tuck
Firmer Abdominal Contour
Eliminating excess skin from around the abdomen can help treat patients with a loose or flabby stomach. Removing unwanted skin can reveal the underlying definition of your abdominal muscles and help you achieve a slimmer, firmer waist.
More Toned Midsection
Excess fat across the stomach and along the hips can prevent you from having the attractive definition you want. Stubborn fat accumulation can be the result of genetics, which cannot easily be improved with diet and exercise. During a tummy tuck, unwanted fatty deposits are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened, creating a more toned and attractive midsection.
Improved Stretch Marks
While a tummy tuck does not eliminate the appearance of all stretch marks, it may provide some improvement in their appearance. Stretch marks that were present on removed tissue will no longer be visible, and remaining stretch marks may appear smoother. In some patients, a tummy tuck will often restore a smoother overall abdominal appearance.
The ultimate goal of every tummy tuck performed by Dr. Young is to provide you with a look that restores your confidence. Natural results that enhance the curves of your body can have a significant impact on how comfortable you are with your appearance. Feeling happier with your body helps you feel more confident in yourself.
Tummy Tuck Options
Traditional Tummy Tuck
A traditional tummy tuck is suitable for many patients following weight loss, after pregnancy, or with age-related laxity.
- The traditional tummy tuck addresses both excess skin and a weakened abdominal wall to restore firmness.
- The length of your incisions will vary depending on the amount of skin removed, but they generally run along the pubic area and around the navel.
- Incisions are placed within swimsuit lines when possible to mask their appearance.
- Sutures are placed in the fascia of the abdominal wall for a tightening effect that helps strengthen the abdomen.
- Excess skin and underlying fat are excised.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is most suited for patients who want to focus on abdominal tightening rather than the removal of significantly sagging skin.
- All incisions are created low in the pubic area, which will allow for only problems below the navel to be addressed.
- Weak abdominal muscles are tightened through these incisions, and minor amounts of skin can be removed below the belly button.
Liposuction can be combined with either tummy tuck procedure when necessary to remove excess fat.
- Adding liposuction helps create better definition along the abdomen and can be used in the hips to improve your shape.
A personal consultation with Dr. Young is the first step in your tummy tuck process. During your consultation, your physical and emotional health will be discussed. Dr. Young will evaluate your body type to help you determine which tummy tuck option will help you achieve the look you desire. Openly discussing your goals is a vital step in creating the shapely body you want.
Prepare the following items prior to your consultation so Dr. Young can gain a better understanding of your medical history and desires:
- A list of previous surgical procedures undergone, if any
- An outline of past and present medical conditions
- Detailed list of medications you are taking, including herbal remedies and nutritional supplements
Your consultation will include a body exam, during which your proportions and body characteristics will be evaluated to determine the best tummy tuck options for you. Factors Dr. Young considers include:
- The quality of your abdominal skin (elasticity)
- Amounts of excess fat
- The status of the underlying abdominal wall
Day of Surgery - You will spend up to two hours in recovery. A licensed adult must drive you home. You will experience bruising, swelling, and redness. Rest with several pillows behind your back to prevent your abdomen from flexing. For the first several nights, it may be more comfortable to sleep in an upright position.
First Week - Pain and soreness may continue for several days. During this time, take pain medication and antibiotics as directed. After 48 hours, you may shower. To best manage drainage, Dr. Young will use drains to prevent fluid buildup. After the second week, you should be able to return to work.
Three to Six Weeks - Pain and swelling will continue to subside. You will wear a compression garment for four to six total weeks. After an evaluation by Dr. Young, you may be able to resume physical activities, including exercise routines.
Long Term - Most patients find their major swelling has subsided after six weeks. Minor swelling can last for four months, which may temporarily affect your appearance.
The type of scarring you experience will vary depending on the type of tummy tuck performed. Standard tummy tuck patients may develop scarring along the pubic area and around the navel. Mini tummy tuck patients may develop scarring only along their lower pubic area. The severity of your scarring is determined by your body’s natural healing response. While you may initially develop visible scars, they are likely to fade over time. Dr. Young provides each patient with a silicone scar gel. Dr. Young’s specific techniques and the scar gel greatly reduce scar visibility.
The cost of your tummy tuck is determined by a number of factors. The extent of correction plays an important role in determining cost. Other factors such as operating room fees, anesthesia fees, and surgical fees will affect the final cost of your tummy tuck. Dr. Young provides the highest quality results. A detailed quote will be provided following your in-depth consultation with Dr. Young. You may call the office, 913-299-5100 for a cost estimate.
Postoperative pain is normal following tummy tuck surgery. Many patients experience discomfort associated with the tightening of their abdominal tissues. Oral medication is prescribed to help alleviate any pain you may experience throughout your recovery. You can discuss pain-relieving techniques with Dr. Young during your consultation.
Tummy Tuck Results
42 yr old female, 8 weeks post op.
1 year post op.