One of the side effects of child bearing, changes in weight, and aging, is the laxity of your stomach muscles and the redundant skin overhang that leads to a protruding abdomen – that is quite hard to get rid off even with diet and exercise.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. But regardless of effort sometimes these methods cannot achieve our cosmetic goals. Even those with normal body weight and proportion can have an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.
Tummy Tuck surgery or abdominoplasty is a comprehensive plastic surgery procedure designed to tighten the abdominal muscles and remove the excess skin in both upper and lower abdomen, essentially removing most if not all of the stretch marks present.
The expected benefit is an abdomen that is tight with much better definition. This is done as an overnight stay procedure, but on occasion, can be done as an outpatient. Most can go back to activities of daily living in a few days and resume normal activities in 2-3 weeks. A compression garment is recommended in the postoperative period.
When the the laxity is limited to the lower abdomen, then a better option may be a mini-tummy tuck.
A mini-tuck involves removing the excess skin and tightens the muscles in the lower abdomen. The end result is a tight abdomen. This can be done as an outpatient and one can be back to work in a few days. We usually advise waiting 2-3 weeks before resuming strenuous activities and exercise.
By combining Smartlipo TriPlex with a less invasive mini-tuck, we can downstage your procedure to something that is less invasive, more comprehensive and has improved finesse contouring and skin tightening.
With the use of very fine laser fiber probes, Smartlipo offers gentle delivery of laser energy to the superficial areas under the skin results in reduced trauma, smoother contouring, and faster recovery with less bruising and pain. We can get results that are quite dramatic, results that can not be achieved with tummy tuck or liposuction alone. These procedures are usually done as an outpatient. We recommend use of compression garments in the post-opp period for your comfort and reduced swelling and much improved contouring.
To learn more about tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), how to prepare for it and the recovery process, the cost of tummy tuck surgery, contact us for a most informative and personalized consult visit and find out if the tummy tuck procedure is appropriate for you.