Understanding Tummy Tuck

If you have excessive skin and fatty deposits on your abdominal area which has refused to give in to exercise and diet, it is time to consider a tummy tuck. Aging, obesity, or pregnancy can leave you with excessive fat or skin in addition to the underlying muscles going lax. Abdominoplasty, or commonly called the tummy tuck procedure, helps eliminate this excess skin and fat in addition to tightening the underlying muscles.

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck?

Anybody who has sagging or loose skin on the abdomen is a good candidate. You could also have fatty deposits or loose abdominal muscles. These changes are usually due to a significant weight fluctuation because of bariatric surgery or after a pregnancy.

What is the procedure like?

A tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During your procedure, the excess skin will be removed, and the abdominal muscles will be tightened; while liposuction is used to remove the excess fat from the abdominal walls, hips, and flanks. In case there are large amounts of excess skin, an extended tummy tuck may have to be performed using both a vertical and a horizontal cut resulting in a “T” shaped incision.

The technique and results of your tummy tuck depend largely on your choice of surgeon. When you choose an extremely experienced surgeon like Dr. Salzman who has been performing tummy tucks since 1989, you can be assured of stunning results and comfortable post-operative experience. Dr. Salzman adds a tumescent fluid containing numbing medication as well as epinephrine that narrows your blood vessels, thereby reducing blood loss. We also inject Exparel into the abdomen which will last for about 3 days and helps you with pain management.

Different kinds of tummy tuck

Contrary to the traditional tummy tuck, Dr. Salzman offers the no-drain tummy tuck which does not require the use of drains after your surgery. It is done with progressive tension sutures that dissolve with time. Due to the use of this technique, the development of seroma (built up fluid) is prevented and that is why drains are not required. In the absence of this technique, you would require drains for about a week after your surgery; this collects the built-up fluid and blood. Unfortunately, it makes the recovery period cumbersome since you need to keep a tab on the amount of fluid being collected, routinely clean the drains; and their use restricts movement too. No doubt then, the no drain tummy tuck offered by surgeons like Dr. Salzman is revolutionary.

If you are suffering from excessive skin and fat or muscle weakness in the lower abdomen, then we offer a mini tummy tuck to give you the best results. In order to ensure you get a slim and toned appearance, we also use liposuction to slim down your hips and waist.

Stunning results from a tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty creates a tighter and slimmer waist and you can enhance your appearance with other procedures like liposuction or lower body lifts or breast augmentation. It takes about 10 to 12 weeks to completely recover from your tummy tuck. In addition to the Exparel, oral pain medication is given to help you with any discomfort. If you have a desk job, you will be able to return to your work within 2 weeks. If you underwent a mini tummy tuck, you will be able to return to your desk job within 7 to 10 days. And with no drains, you can shower the next day too. Dr. Salzman is ready to help you feel your best self with the amazing results his tummy tucks give.

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