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Tummy Tuck

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Do I need a tummy tuck?

Often times our belly area is the place we carry most of our fat on our body, whether male or female. A well-toned, flat abdomen is a goal for many, but sometimes exercise and diet aren't the answer. Even people in relatively good shape can have a belly that protrudes or they may have looseness and sagging to the skin. Generally this is caused by weight changes, pregnancies, prior surgieries in that area, our age and even our hereditary makeup. If you have any of these concerns then the tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure you should consider.

The incision for tummy tuck is placed along the lower abdomen or pubis area and extends out to the sides above the groin. It can incorporate a previous C-section scar and be designed to fit in the bikini line area depending on the patient. Many patients are nervous about the scarring, but with our after care and scar guard protection recommendations, we find our patients heal beuatifully and the trade-off for the flat stomach is well worth the minimal scarring.

The surgery involves separation of skin and fat from the underlying tissues which then allows the doctor to tighten muscles and remove excess skin to yield a flatter, firmer and more curvaceous figure. The belly button does not move, but the skin is pulled down and fits around it appropriately making scarring virtually unnoticeable.

The excess skin and fat from the tummy area is removed and some minor liposcution is performed at the flank and hip area to give a full contour look, front and back.

Am I a good candidate?

Patients generally know if they need a tummy tuck, however we always make sure you are in good health and that this IS the surgery for you. For some, other body contouring procedures such as liposuction or CoolSculpting (freezing the fat) can help with problem bulges, however those will not tighten skin or muscles.

Keep in mind that patients should be at a stable weight, have realistic expectations, be a non-smoker, and should no longer be nursing a child. Other medical clearances that may be needed can be discussed at a consultation. Remember, this surgery is NOT a substitute for weight loss, will NOT cure visceral fat underneath the belly muscle, AND it is not necessarily a cure for stretch marks unless they are located on the area of the belly that will be excised during surgery. Women who think they may want more children, may want to postpone the procedure as the results will be diminished by more stretching and weight gain and loss. This is a procedure patients do ONCE in a lifetime as the results are technically pemanent!

Tummy tuck with plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Hass.

Tummy tuck or liposuction, or both?

Can they be done at the same time?

Yes, with a lipoabdominoplasty. The traditional abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) separated the skin from the blood vessels underneath it as part of the surgery, which then made it unsafe to remove the extra fat at the same time. However, as our understanding of the anatomy improved, new techniques have been developed that allow us to liposuction the entire abdomen while also getting rid of the excess skin.

The "lipoadominoplasty" was created in Brazil and Dr. Michael Frederick learned the technique from some of the world re-known plastic surgeons at the Pitanguy Institute in Rio De Janeiro. With the lipoabdominoplasty he can create a thin and smooth contour from the ribs all the way down to the mons pubis area without the usual hump that lies just above the scar of a traditional tummy tuck. At the same time, he can liposuction the flanks or hips to create that beautiful hourglass shape.

After pregnancy women often get a separation of their abdominal muscles called "rectus diastasis" that gives a bloated and rounded shape to their belly even if they do not have excess fat. The lipoabdominoplasty technique allows me to fix the muscles as well, and all without the placement of a drain. If you find yourself looking down at your abdomen while in your favorite gown or bathing suit and wonder what you can do for a flat stomach, call us for a complimentary cosmetic consultation to learn more. There's no reason why you shouldn't have the body you desire after childbirth. So why not look as great as you feel now with our specialized plastic surgery techniques.

Recovery - NO DRAINS

The recovery for tummy tuck is somewhat uncomfortable for the first few days, although we are always pleasantly surprised by some patients who tell us “it’s not as bad as they thought." Certainly pain medications are prescribed, but most patients find they are off those within days. In some cases the doctors will recommend patients stay overnight in a recovery facility for the first night or two, however many do go home with family members or an overnight nurse following their recovery in our center. We do suggest when planning for the procedure you include at least 2 weeks off from work and heavy social commitments and responsiblities. An important part of recovery is resting! It will certainly maximize your results.

Our staff, with Dr. Hass and Dr. Frederick, will review all the important post-op instructions with patients prior to the tummy tuck procedure. It's important for patients to have a two week period where they can truly relax, not work or do any strenous activity. This does not mean the patient is restricgted to bed-rest, but rather should get up and take short walks and continue with some daily routines to help lower the risk of blood clots. Our patients will wear a firm elastic garment and foam padding around their abdomen for at least a two to three weeks after surgery to minimize swelling and give them support. With our doctors' superb technique and utilization of the post-op garment, patients will not have to go home with removable fluid drains.

At your consult

At your consult, our patient coordinators and Dr. Brain Hass or Dr. MIchael Frederick will go over the specifics of the procedure for your new look. We will help determine the best procedure for you and evaluate your health and lifestyle goals to make sure this is the right timing for the tummy tuck. Remember, any plastic surgery is highly individualized and should be considered for yourself, not to meet someone else's desires of what you should look like. For more information on the abdominoplasty procedure or to schedule a complimentary consultation at our office please call us at 561-624-7777.

My surgery gave me an amazing boost of confidence - I feel like I'm putting my best foot forward every day! Thanks to the whole team at Hass Plastic Surgery! You all rock!

Amy T., Tequesta, FL.
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