Tummy Tuck – San Diego
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and create more youthful curves. To enhance the results, the scar from this procedure is hidden below the bikini line.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved. Additionally, C-Section scars and incisions can be improved with this technique.
Women who plan future pregnancies should wait to have an abdominoplasty, because vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.
An abdominoplasty typically takes two and a half hours. Generally, Dr. Lee will make an incision hidden in the bikini line. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Stretch marks of the lower abdomen can also be removed with this procedure.
The skin is separated from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribs to reveal the vertical (rectus abdominis) muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline.
The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. The navel is brought out through a new incision in the abdominal skin. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressings will be applied, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.
Abdominoplasty is usually done on an outpatient basis but occasionally a patient may need to remain in a care facility overnight.
Although you may not be able to stand straight at first, it is important for healing that you begin walking as soon as possible. Surface stitches, as well as any drains will be removed in five to ten days. A support garment may replace the dressing on your incision.
It may take you several weeks to feel like your old self again. If you start out in top physical condition with strong abdominal muscles, recovery from abdominoplasty will be much faster. Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate.
When a patient presents with loose skin in the upper abdomen, a reverse abdominoplasty can be performed. The procedure differs from a traditional abdominoplasty in that there is no muscle tightening, just the removal of excess skin to reduce the laxity above the belly button. Reverse abdominoplasty is generally indicated for thin or athletic builds. Read more.
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