The Tummy Tuck can create a tightened and flat tummy or lower abdomen, especially after child birth or weight loss has caused the tummy to sag I do what I call a bikini tuck or bikini lift which hides the scar beneath the bikini line (See Phoyo Below):
A minor tummy tuck or bikini tummy tuck is a straightforward operation, but scar placement and obtaining smooth corners at the ends of the incision requires experience.
Most women in my practice consult me for a Tummy Tuck when they have:
- Loose tummy skin after having children
- Loose tummy skin after weight loss
- Become very fit yet the skin of the tummy has not tightened
- Always had a pudgy tummy and want a flat tummy
A minor tummy tuck or bikini tummy tuck is an excellent way to remove a C-section scar and the skin pouch above the C-section scar (See Photo Below):
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
A minor tummy tuck or bikini tummy tuck involves an incision down low in the abdomen which can be designed to be hidden under today’s brief bikinis so that the tummy tuck scar is not visible at the beach.
A major tummy tuck, called an abdominoplasty, done when there is a great deal of abdominal skin laxity, excess abdominal skin and stretch marks, also requires an incision around the “belly button” or umbilicus, and thus creates a belly button scar-the scar usually heals very well-see after photo on right below:.
The Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift are frequently done together at the same operation. The combination of the Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation corrects the breast and abdominal changes that occur after having children, and some refer to this combined procedure as the “Mommy Makeover”.
In some women the abdominal muscles, the Rectus Abdomeni, separate during pregnancy. This is called a Diastasis Recti and allows the abdominal contents to protrude and create a “belly bulge” or “pot belly”. During the Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty these muscles are repaired and tightened, which gives you a flat tightened tummy.
When we meet I will talk with you and ask you to explain to me the specific goals you hope to achieve for your tummy. I will examine you and tell you my findings and recommend the Tummy Tuck procedure which I believe is best for you.
I will discuss the procedure, your recovery, and expectations and answer your questions. Photos of your tummy will be taken. You will be given an estimate or quote of the cost of the procedure. Financing plans are available.
You can actually book a date for the surgery at that time or call back to book after you have had time to think about the procedure and make plans.
The pre operative visit is the time when we will sit down and clearly define your goals. We will discuss what you hope to achieve and what I believe I can achieve with the Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty procedure.
You will also undergo a history and physical exam to make certain that you are healthy and have no medication allergies or contraindications to surgery. An EKG (electrocardiogram) may be done if you have a history of heart problems or have reached a certain age. You will also be given prescriptions for post operative medications.
You also will be asked to read and sign surgical consent forms which outline the risks, potential complications, limitations and expectations of the Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty surgery.
The Tummy Tuck is done with you asleep under general anesthesia. Very experienced, superb anesthesiologists will be taking care of you. Your safety is my first concern. We use modern, very safe anesthesiology techniques, and take precautions to avoid nausea after surgery.
The Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is usually done as an outpatient or day surgery. You will go home the same day after surgery. The operation takes about 2 hours. You will be placed in a special support garmet after surgery. You likely will have small drains placed beneath the abdominal skin which will be removed in a day or two.
If you require a more extensive abdominoplasty or have medical issues which require more attention, you will be done as an inpatient and admitted to the hospital overnight.
After you wake up you will be taken to the recovery room where a nurse will be taking care of you. The nurse monitors you, makes certain you are comfortable and checks your vital signs. You will spend 1-2 hours in recovery. After that, as soon as you are comfortable, able to drink and eat a bland food such as crackers or cookies, and able to go to the bathroom, you will be discharged. The nurse will escort you by wheel chair to your car.
We require that someone bring you to the surgery center and take you home, and that you have someone staying with you the first night after your surgery.
Post op- What to expect
In the recovery room you will be given medications to control any discomfort you are experiencing following your surgery. You also will have medications to take for discomfort at home. You will experience discomfort in your lower abdomen for the first 3-4 days after surgery.
Most patients are more comfortable by day 5 post op and some are able to return to work after a week if their job does not require lifting. Generally full recovery takes 2 weeks. I ask you to wait 3 weeks before heavy weight lifting or aggressive work outs.
A Consultation with Dr Seckel
I can tell you a great deal more about Tummy Tuck and how it would work for you if I see you in person. Call me to set up a consultation or contact me by email. If you would like to email me your photos I can email you my thoughts about which procedure I would most likely recommend for you. For more information on the Tummy Tuck read How To Decide if You Need a Tummy Tuck. .
I look forward to meeting you.