The tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty), is a powerful and popular procedure offered by plastic surgeon Dr. Potter with Graystone Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery. It is designed to remove unwanted skin and tissue from the abdomen and tighten abdominal muscles. The end result is a flatter, smoother stomach and a more attractive figure. In some cases, abdominoplasty is performed in conjunction with liposuction and various body lifting procedures for a more comprehensive treatment. Dr. Potter will work with each tummy tuck patient to determine the best way to achieve his or her goals.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Abdominoplasty may be performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the patient. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Potter will begin the tummy tuck procedure by making an incision along the patient’s bikini line. Then, he will cut the navel away from the abdominal skin and reattach it after the skin has been repositioned. After moving and suturing the abdominal muscles to make them tighter, Dr. Potter will stretch the abdominal skin downward, trimming away excess skin and creating a new hole for the navel. Finally, he will stitch the skin into place, where it will heal during recovery.
Depending on how much tissue is removed, Dr. Potter may recommend that some patients spend the night in the hospital after surgery. Stitches will be removed after about a week. Most patients are able to return to work after no more than two weeks, but it may take a month or more to feel completely normal again and see the full benefits of the abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck patients will need to wear special compression garments under their clothes to promote healing and prevent complications, such as blood clots, that might arise during recovery.
The Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, is an alternative available to persons who do not need a full tummy tuck. This procedure is intended for patients whose abdominal muscles do not require repositioning, and who do not need much skin removed.
When performing a partial abdominoplasty, Dr. Potter makes a smaller incision. He will not need to reposition the navel. This means less scarring and a shorter recovery time, all with the same beautiful results expected from a full tummy tuck.
If you are interested in discussing the mini tummy tuck or conventional abdominoplasty, or any other procedure, contact Graystone Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery today to schedule a consultation.