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If you’re feeling self-conscious about loose, drooping skin around your midsection or needing to tighten up your abdominal muscles that have weakened because of pregnancy or weight loss, Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty surgery may be what you need to turn things around. A Tummy Tuck is the best way to achieve a firmer, more youthful figure. Although this plastic surgery procedure is not considered a solution for weight loss, a Tummy Tuck can refine a person’s contours when diet and exercise are not enough to eliminate that lingering stubborn excess tissue and fat cells in your abdomen.

During and after experiencing a significant weight loss, people try using exercise to tighten the stomach and abdominal area. Unfortunately, diet and exercise can only do so much. When it comes to extreme weight loss, no amount of exercise will help tighten all the excess skin that is left over. However, a Tummy Tuck is designed to remove that excess fat and sagging skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles. In most cases, a Tummy Tuck may help restore your weakened or separated muscles and leave you with a smooth and firm abdominal profile. This helps our patients regain a more youthful appearance giving them their confidence back.

To find out if Tummy Tuck plastic surgery is right for you, contact Arizona Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery for your free consultation at one of our two valley locations of Goodyear or Phoenix, Arizona. You can meet with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod, and be on your way to a more youthful looking you.

Dermacare knows that you have worked hard to drop that excess weight and to improve your muscle tone with diet and exercise programs.

You may have reached your desired weight, but not your desired shape, which is why a abdominoplasty may be your next step.

Now that you’ve dropped the pounds, you’ve also dropped the skin. Literally! It may be hanging on your belly, making you feel self-conscious and creating an unflattering look. Without the help of plastic surgery, you might be stuck.

An abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure that will remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles. During a Tummy Tuck procedure, an incision is made across the lower abdomen from hipbone to hipbone. A second incision is made around the belly button. The skin and fat are separated from the abdominal wall. Excess skin and fat are then excised. The abdominal muscles are tightened by shortening them and suturing them together. A small incision creates a new opening for the belly button. It is brought out through the opening sutured to the new skin. Stretch marks and scars may be removed during surgery.

A good candidate for Abdominoplasty Surgery (Tummy Tuck):

  • Is close to their ideal body weight (within 30%)
  • Wants to remove specific areas of loose skin or fat that is diet- and exercise-resistant
  • Weight has been stable for 6 months or more
  • Has good skin tone and elasticity
  • Has realistic expectations
  • Is emotionally stable
  • Understands the risks of surgery

If you do not meet all of these criteria, but meet some of them, you may still be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The procedure is most suited to those who are close to their ideal body weight, but if you have a lot of fat in an isolated area, you may still be a good candidate.

To find out if you are a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck, schedule a free consultation with AZ Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery today.

In a traditional abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck, an incision is made horizontally in the area between the public hairline and the belly button. The amount of excess skin will determine the length of the incision.

The skin will be dissected up toward the rib cage, the muscles are tightened and the belly button is repositioned while excess skin is removed.This helps improve the appearance and strength of the abdominal area. Dr. Rod may recommend having liposuction along with the tummy tuck to provide optimal results.

Once the excess fat and skin are removed, the remaining skin from the upper abdomen is released and pulled down over the open area to close it. Skin is tightened, muscles are tightened as required, and the belly is flatter. Once the procedure is completed, the incision will be sutured and bandaged. You may be given an elastic bandage or compression garment to wear in order to minimize swelling to support the abdomen as it heals.

Depending on your desired results, this surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours. The complexity of your particular situation also will determine whether you have it completed as an in-patient or outpatient procedure. You will receive general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep during the operation. It’s important to have someone with you who can drive you home. If you live alone, you also will need someone to stay with you at least the first night after the surgery, if you’re sent home after the procedure.

Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty surgery will leave your abdomen bruised and swollen, which will gradually subside over a period of one to two weeks. Because patients retain some water after the surgery, there will be some temporary weight gain. This is normal, and will go away quickly.

Recovering from Tummy Tuck surgery requires that you rest and take it easy. For the first two days following your surgery, you will be uncomfortable. Once the first two days have passed, you will start to notice a dramatic improvement in how you feel. Because of the innovative surgical techniques used by Dr. Rod, your discomfort will be easily controlled with prescription medication only.

Please avoid strenuous physical activity during your Tummy Tuck recovery period. This is especially important if your abdominal muscles have been repaired from diastasis recti.

During recovery it is critical that you refrain from smoking. Smoking deprives your body of oxygen, which increases the risk of wound breakdown and infection following the surgery.

There is a high satisfaction rate with abdominoplasty  (Tummy Tuck) procedures and low risk of complications. However, all surgical procedures have some degree of risk associated with them, some of the potential complications include:

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Scarring
  • Allergic reactions
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures

You can help minimize certain risks or complications by following the advice and instructions of our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod.

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