Tummy Tuck

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control, however, sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. To help you reach your dream body, a Tummy Tuck may be the extra thing you need to get there.

WHAT IS ABDOMINOPLASTY?

tummy2Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is an abdominal surgery which removes excess skin and fat that may accumulate after pregnancy, or due to obesity or age. The benefits of full Abdominoplasty are tightening the abdominal muscles/fascia, which may have become stretched out over time. This procedure can dramatically aid in the reduction of a once prominent abdomen. Adominoplasty can be done in conjunction with a buttock/thigh lift.

Candidates must be in good health, have no active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions, and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. If you plan to become pregnant or lose significant amount of weight, you should discuss these plans with Dr. Aguilar prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.

NOTE: You may not be a candidate for surgery if you smoke, have recently quit smoking, or if you are exposed to second-hand smoke. Primary and secondary smoking decreases blood flow to the body’s tissues. This can result in prolonged wound healing, skin loss, infection, increased scarring, and a number of other complications depending on the kind of procedure performed.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

Most commonly the surgery will make two incisions. The first is a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area, with a second incision freeing the navel from surrounding tissue. In a mini-abdominoplasty, the first incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although its appearance may be slightly altered. After the incisions, Dr. Aguilar separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribs and then lifts a large skin flap, revealing the vertical muscles in the 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.

Complete Abdominoplasty can take two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Mini-abdominoplasty may take one to two hours.

PREPARING AND PLANNING FOR YOUR SURGERY

tummy1First, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Aguilar. Communication is vital in reaching your goals. You will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you would like to achieve. Dr. Aguilar will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure and what long-term benefits you will experience. Every patient is different, and Dr. Aguilar will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you, during your initial consultation.

  • Provide a complete medical history. Include information about any previous surgical procedures; past and present medical conditions; and all medications or herbal supplements you are taking.
  • Expect Dr. Aguilar to examine your abdomen, including the quality of your abdominal skin, the location of any existing scars; the amount of any excess fat and the status of underlying muscles.
  • Photographs will be taken for your medical record.
  • Be prepared to discuss possible risk and complications of the procedure with Dr. Aguilar.

A well-balanced, healthy diet may help you heal better. It’s advised that you not try a drastic diet before the surgery. As physical activity will be extremely limited during your recovery period be sure to have buy enough of the essentials to last you awhile such as ice packs, lose clothing, and petroleum jelly. You may also want to invest in a sturdy hand-held shower head and bathroom chair to avoid discomfort when showering.

You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. A pre-operative information packet will be provided that explains everything you should do and know before your surgery date. Dr. Aguilar will instruct you on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and which medications, vitamin and herbal supplements should be taken or avoided prior and post operatively. you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, whether your surgery is done on an outpatient or inpatient basis. you may also want to make arrangements for someone to help you at home for a day or two after your surgery.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

Be sure to pack “going home” clothes and that they’re loose and without any sort of band to tighten. The full result of the tummy tuck will not be in evidence for a while, and if anything you will still be a bit swollen. As your body will have been quite roughly treated it will be still tender in any case and items digging into the skin will be more painful than usual. Expect some pain, swelling and bruising after the procedure. You may need to wait a few days before returning to work and a few weeks before resuming your normal activities — including exercise. Because of the limited physical activity that you’ll be taking, a caregiver is highly encouraged for the day of the surgery and at least a week after. You also may need to wear tight compression garments, which help reduce swelling, for a few weeks. Also take note that you should stock up with all the medication and household items you will need for a few days for the same reason. During this time, expect some contour irregularities as the remaining fat settles into position.