About Tummy Tuck Surgery
For adults, sagging skin and unwanted fat surrounding the abdominal region can be frustrating, especially after making great efforts to reduce it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the main reasons why an individual may not be able to regain a slim and tight tummy. An abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure that reshapes the abdominal region, producing youthful-looking outcomes for patients. Lake Mary, FL plastic surgeon Dr. Raj Sawh-Martinez performs tummy tuck surgery that is tailored to the amount of excess skin and fat present on each individual patient. This cosmetic treatment at Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery allows individuals the opportunity to have a slimmer, tighter tummy and restored confidence. Read more about how abdominoplasty can eliminate excess fat and skin while also tightening the ab muscles.
Tummy tuck surgery can be successful for both men and women. If you are frustrated with sagging skin in addition to unwanted fat in the lower abdomen, this cosmetic surgery can help reclaim a slimming and more toned silhouette. Dr. Sawh-Martinez suggests patients achieve a stable weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a procedure to help you lose weight — it removes loose skin. A form of liposuction is usually incorporated during the procedure to eliminate fat. If your lower stomach has good skin tautness, but you still are not satisfied with the appearance of your midsection even though you have worked to lose weight, we may recommend liposuction. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing to ensure the results are not affected.
Body contouring of the abdomen is performed while you are under general anesthesia. There are various techniques that come into consideration when this surgery is performed by Dr. Sawh-Martinez, which are unique and tailored to your specific goals. To start, the incision size is chosen based upon the quantity of excess skin. Some individuals with extensive lax skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. A full or extended tummy tuck makes the incision from hip bone to hip bone, just on top of the pubic line. Some individuals with minimal skin looseness may be better candidates for a mini tummy tuck. These individuals still benefit from skin tightening but will simply have a less expansive scar. Regardless of the type, all abdominoplasty procedures at Dr. Raj Sawh-Martinez involve the excision of sagging skin and liposuction.
What to Expect
Following this procedure, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to reduce swelling. Walking upright will be a bit painful for a while so you should take it easy for a few days. Moving about becomes less painful once the tightness subsides and the incision heals. You can resume everyday functions in about two weeks. Workouts can begin around six weeks or earlier if you are given permission by Dr. Sawh-Martinez. The abdominal area will feel tight and uncomfortable, but you will look and feel normal again once healed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At the time of your initial consultation, Dr. Sawh-Martinez will develop your unique abdominoplasty, focusing on reaching your unique concerns and goals. He will be able to better estimate your costs after deciding which technique will be used, what type of anesthesia you will need, and a few other factors. To ensure you obtain great results from an experienced doctor, Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery makes it easier to afford your tummy tuck by accepting several payment methods and providing you with information on low-interest financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
You will probably receive one of the three most common techniques for abdominoplasty: full, extended, or mini. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sawh-Martinez will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical exam. Then, he can help you decide the technique that will produce the best results. A full abdominoplasty is better if you would like to correct loose skin in both the lower and upper stomach, whereas a mini tummy tuck is better for issues under your belly button, such as a "pooch." The extended technique can address issues in the stomach, plus your upper thighs and hips.
What will my scars look like?
Surgical incisions for your abdominoplasty will vary based on which technique is being used. During all tummy tucks, Dr. Sawh-Martinez uses the smallest incisions needed to minimize scarring. He also places incisions in areas that are less visible (through the belly button or in the pubic region) so they may be hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions so your stitches heal properly and eventually blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Although you may get pregnant following an abdominoplasty, it will likely affect your results. Dr. Sawh-Martinez strongly encourages that you be finished building your family before you undergo abdominoplasty. If you do become pregnant following your tummy tuck, another surgery may be done to refresh your stomach.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
A lot of patients add a second surgery with an abdominoplasty to give them more dramatic results. At your initial consultation with Dr. Sawh-Martinez, talk to him about your desires so a unique surgical plan may be created to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with a thighplasty for a lower body lift or other areas for body contouring. If you want to rejuvenate your body after having children or losing a lot of weight, you might be a good candidate for after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover.
obtain a Tighter Tummy
A variety of factors can result in a sagging abdominal area that leaves behind loose folds of skin. We understand it can be a troubling problem to have — abdominoplasty is usually the primary way to overcome this. If you are embarrassed by the hanging skin in your abdominal region, no matter how minimal or severe, abdominoplasty by Dr. Sawh-Martinez in Lake Mary, FL can allow you to get the body you desire. We invite you to call Dr. Raj Sawh-Martinez for more information.