Stubborn deposits of fat build up on the abdomen as time passes. These fat bulges can be accompanied by sagging abdominal muscle tissue, drooping excess skin, and unsightly stretch marks, giving a person’s stomach an unwelcome appearance. Many people turn to a better diet or more rigorous exercise. Unfortunately, these methods are not often effective in solving all of your abdominal issues. For a single procedure designed to address them all, it’s time to come in for a tummy tuck.
The abdominal issues described above can come about as a result of numerous factors, including dramatic weight loss, heredity, pregnancy, and the aging process.
Depending on the degree of change you’re interested in, you’ll receive either a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. For correction limited to the lower abdomen, and for a smaller amount of correction, the mini tummy tuck may be the right procedure for you. A full tummy tuck is able to address a larger area and involves more tissue removal.
At the beginning of either procedure, either local or general anesthesia is administered. Arrange a consultation with Dr. Moeinolmolki to discuss this and the other details of the procedure.
The full tummy tuck requires around two to five hours to perform. First, a horizontal incision is created from one hipbone to the other. This incision is located between the bellybutton and the public hairline. In cases where it is necessary to remove tissue from the upper abdomen, it’s helpful to also create a second incision. This incision is made around the bellybutton.
The full tummy tuck is then conducted using a combination of several surgical methods. Liposuction of underlying fat is achieved through the use of a cannula and medical suction. The rejoining and tightening of displaced abdominal muscles in the abdominal wall is achieved with internal sutures.
After these underlying tissues have been altered and removed, the skin is redraped, and the excess skin is removed via scalpel excision. The bellybutton is restored to an aesthetically pleasing appearance either during or following the operation. At the end of the procedure, medical stitches, clips, or other closure methods are used to seal the incisions.
The mini tummy tuck only requires around one to two hours to perform. It involves a shorter horizontal incision and no second incision. Like the full tuck, the procedure also involves the removal of skin and fat and the tightening of abdominal muscle tissue. The bellybutton typically won’t be affected during this technique.
After your tummy tuck, a compression garment will be used to keep your swelling down. Swelling and bruising are common after this surgery, and using ice packs and wearing the garment are the best ways to speed up your healing process. Removal of external stitches will occur during your follow-up visit.
The recovery time required for a mini tummy tuck is shorter than that of a full tuck. While the full tummy tuck requires two to four weeks off of work, the mini tummy tuck will require only one to three weeks. In either case, do not resume physically taxing activities for at least one month after surgery.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the fully tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck, and the many other procedures we offer, contact our office and arrange a consultation. Dr. Moeinolmolki will be available to answer your questions.