WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?A Tummy Tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening underlying muscles and fascia (connective tissue beneath the skin). A tummy tuck removes the skin from the upper and lower abdomen to achieve a flatter, more toned midsection. Depending on which procedure you have, usually, a new navel is created as well. There are multiple tummy tuck procedures depending on your individual case, your surgeon can help you decide which is best for you.
LATERAL TENSION ABDOMINOPLASTYA lateral tension abdominoplasty not only includes tightening abdominal muscles but tightens the upper thighs as well. A lower incision is created from hip to hip and liposuction is performed in conjunction with the abdominoplasty. This procedure allows blood supply to the abdomen which lowers risks you may experience with a standard tummy tuck.
MINI TUMMY TUCKA mini tummy tuck is less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck with lower incisions on the midsection (similar to a C-Section incision). During a mini tummy tuck, liposuction is performed and the navel is not moved with abdominal muscles only tightened if needed. This procedure is reserved for candidates that have loose skin and extra fat beneath the navel.
EXTENDED TUMMY TUCKAn extended tummy tuck is performed when there is substantial loose skin and fat that needs to be removed, usually following extreme weight loss. The incision is larger and may also extend to the back if there is loose skin to remove there. Muscles are tightened and liposuction is performed to remove any extra fat.
FLEUR DE ABDOMINOPLASTYNamed from incisions being shaped similar to the French signet, a Fleur de Abdominoplasty requires a horizontal and vertical incision to correct loose skin around the abdominal wall. This procedure is usually reserved for patients who have lost significant weight. Abdominal muscles are tightened and liposuction is performed during this procedure.
HOW IS A TUMMY TUCK DONE?During a tummy tuck surgery, the patient is put under general anesthesia so that they will not experience any pain during the procedure. From there, Dr. Tehrani will make an incision on the abdomen and remove any excess tissue, skin, and fat while tightening up the abdominal muscles below.
HOW LONG DOES A TUMMY TUCK TAKE?The length of a tummy tuck procedure can vary depending on the type of abdominoplasty being performed, the size of the abdomen, and the amount of skin and fat that is being removed. Generally speaking, a tummy tuck procedure can take anywhere from 1-4 hours.
IS A TUMMY TUCK DANGEROUS?Many considering a tummy tuck wonder if this procedure is dangerous. No medical procedure is risk-free, however, a tummy tuck is a safe surgery as long as it’s performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has had extensive experience with performing abdominoplasties.
DOES A TUMMY TUCK HURT?When considering elective surgery people want to know what pain and discomfort they can expect after surgery. While a tummy tuck does not hurt while being performed, it is normal to experience some pain after surgery. Dr. Tehrani will prescribe pain medication to manage pain and may also recommend lymphatic massage to help with discomfort following your procedure. A lymphatic massage helps blood flow and drains the lymphatic system to speed up healing and reduce discomfort. We are excited to offer our patients a speedier recovery with EXPAREL injections to help alleviate pain and accelerate the recovery process. EXPAREL is injected during surgery and is not an opioid pain-killer. It slowly releases into the body which can dramatically reduce pain usually experienced in the first 72 hours after surgery.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TUMMY TUCK AND LIPOSUCTION?Abdominoplasty and liposuction are two very different procedures. The main difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction is that liposuction removes fat from various areas of the body; including the stomach, thighs, hips, butt, and other areas deemed necessary by your surgeon. Whereas a tummy tuck is strictly a surgical procedure that only removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. Even though liposuction and a tummy tuck are two vastly different procedures, they can be performed at the same time if necessary.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY FROM A TUMMY TUCK?Recovery from a tummy tuck depends on your case and procedure. Tummy tucks are considered a more invasive cosmetic procedure resulting in slightly longer recovery time. We recommend a minimum of two weeks off work although this time may vary based on your procedure. Dr. Tehrani can give you a more accurate idea of your recovery time after outlining your specific case.
HOW LONG DOES SWELLING LAST AFTER A TUMMY TUCK?Many patients wonder how long will swelling last after a tummy tuck. Swelling, bruising and discomfort are expected after your procedure and for several days (and possibly weeks) following your abdominoplasty. If swelling becomes worse in the days that follow, the skin around your incision feels warm to the touch, or you experience a fever over 100.4, please contact our offices immediately.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A TUMMY TUCKIf you’ve decided to have a tummy tuck, you may be wondering what to expect after your tummy tuck procedure. While everyone’s individual case and experience will differ, there are a few things to expect after your surgery:
- Soreness, swelling, discomfort.
- Take all medications prescribed to you after your procedure, especially the antibiotics your surgeon has prescribed.
- Drains may be in place after your surgery, these will be removed within 7 days of your procedure by medical staff.
- An abdominal dressing/binder will be put in place during your surgery. You will need to wear this for up to 6 weeks after.
- Take it easy. Avoid using your abdominal muscles until you are told to resume regular activity by your plastic surgeon.
- Do not drive or engage in any strenuous activity until cleared by your doctor.