Are you having trouble achieving the waistline you want? You’re doing abdominal crunches every day and you’ve adjusted your diet, but your waistline only improved slightly or not at all. Depending on what your goal is, abdominoplasty with or without liposuction may be exactly what you need.
Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, allows you to trim and slim your abdominal region, giving you a more solid and sculpted appearance. The amount of excess skin and fat, your body habitus, and aesthetic goals will determine which type of tummy tuck is right for you.
What are the types of tummy tucks?
Fulower ribs: relocating your belly button, pulling everything down, and excising the extra skin and fat.
Mini Tummy Tuck: This technique involves elevating your abdominal tissue to the level of your belly button without relocating it, then pulling everything down and excising the extra skin and fat.
Reverse Tummy Tuck: Instead of pulling the skin down, this technique pulls the skin up with the scar hidden behind your brasserie. This procedure may be combined with a breast reduction or lift so that the scar is in the same area or may be needed if a lower tummy tuck did not achieve the desired results.
Panniculectomy: A panniculectomy focuses on removing excess skin and fat that “overhangs” your waistline without elevating the overlying abdominal tissue and keeping the belly button in place.
Tummy Tuck after Weight Loss: If you’ve worked hard to lose weight and you are left with extra skin in your lower abdomen, this procedure may be right for you.
Fleur de lis Tummy Tuck: After massive weight loss, the torso will have excess skin circumferentially, which a traditional tummy tuck does not address. In order to give the abdominal region the best contour result, vertical midline and lower abdominal incisions must be made; this will result in an upside down T scar known as “fleur de lis.
ll Tummy Tuck: This technique involves elevating your abdominal tissue to the level of your
Can liposuction be combined with a tummy tuck surgery?
Yes. Liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck to improve contour in areas where a tummy tuck doesn’t address.
Is tummy tuck surgery right for you?
Nearly any patient with a genuine concern for the midsection’s tone could be considered as a potential candidate for a tummy tuck. An abdominoplasty will not instantly give you abs, but it will make you look slim and trim again. You should have good overall health, and be realistic about your expectations and results. You should stop smoking before and after surgery.
During your consultation with Dr. Washington, he will examine and analyze your abdomen, determining the degree of your loose skin, and the level of fat you have. He will work with you in determining what procedures will address your concerns and give you the best results. Dr. Washington will also be sure to inform you if another procedure, such as liposuction, would be a better solution to the problem or a combination of both.
What should you expect after tummy tuck surgery?
Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures without the need to remove them. A special adhesive tape will be placed over the incisions to protect them. Dr. Washington may place drains to collect fluid around your incisions; this decreases risk of fluid collection formation (seroma) and maximizes your healing potential. After surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment to minimize swelling and improve healing. In order to give you the best long term results, Dr. Washington bends you at the waist during surgery to remove as much skin and fat as possible without compromising the healing of your incision. Thus, you will move around hunched over for a few weeks after surgery and your posture will improve as your incision heals. Maintaining your weight after surgery is important to maintain long term results.
Why choose tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Washington?
Dr. Washington specializes in several tummy tuck techniques to improve your abdominal contour and give you a waistline that you desire. His training has prepared him to address the most complex cases, including those after massive weight loss. Dr. Washington uses the most up to date, state of the art technology and techniques to ensure the best results for his patients. Call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Washington for a personalized evaluation and discussion of what option is right for you!
“The most important and fulfilling aspect to me, is seeing the joy in my patients eyes after surgery; the spark in them signifying the moment when they realize their refined beauty reflects their spirit and inner beauty.”