Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA | Columbus, OH
Tummy Tuck Surgery Improves:
Abdominoplasty surgery in Pittsburgh is performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic Brandy, MD in our state-licensed and nationally accredited, AAAHC surgery center located in Mt. Lebanon, PA.
In Columbus, abdominoplasty surgery is performed by Fernando Colon, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon at the Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is often combined with other types of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to achieve the ideal body contouring result. Other procedures may include:
While tummy tuck surgery is most often performed on women who are finished having children, abdominoplasty can be performed on both women and men who would like to have a smooth, flat and more fit abdominal area.
Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
Tummy Tuck surgery after pregnancy is a permanent surgical solution to get rid of loose and sagging skin and restore the body to a more flattering shape. For many women, having children and becoming a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. However, for many women balancing the exciting demands of motherhood with the lasting-effects of pregnancy on the body can cause low self-esteem and insecurity about the way they look. Tummy tuck surgery can help restore a sense of self-confidence by correcting post-pregnancy abdominal problems that cannot be improved through conventional weight reduction methods.
It is best to wait to have tummy tuck surgery until you no longer plan to have additional children. While it is possible to have children after the surgery, the effects of the pregnancy may significantly alter the results of surgery.
Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery
The type of tummy tuck performed depends upon the amount of loose skin that needs to be removed and if the abdominal wall requires tightened. Abdominoplasty surgery is performed under IV sedation and may take two hours or longer, if combined with other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
The following are types of abdominoplasty surgery performed at The Skin Center Medical Spa:
Mini Tummy Tuck
The purpose of a mini tummy tuck surgery is to remove excess skin through a small incision, about six inches long that is concealed just above the bikini line. Mini tummy tuck surgery is often combined with liposuction surgery.
In Columbus, tummy tuck surgery is performed by Fernando Colon, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Colon feels that mini tummy tuck surgery is an effective option for women who just want to tighten the skin on their belly but do not want to remove fat. He believes many women aren’t aware of the different types of tummy tuck surgery; and women who think they do not need a full tummy tuck, yet are dissatisfied with excess skin after pregnancy, would be happy to learn there are surgical options available.
Full Tummy Tuck (traditional abdominoplasty)
A full tummy tuck requires an incision from hip to hip bone, hidden beneath the bikini line, to remove loose skin. During the full tummy tuck surgery the abdominal wall is tightened with sutures and the abdominal skin is pulled taut and excess skin trimmed, the navel is repositioned and liposuction on the belly and love handles is performed, if needed.
Dominic Brandy, MD, board-certified cosmetic surgeon, performs surgery in our state-licensed and nationally-accredited, AAAHC surgery center in Pittsburgh. Tummy Tuck surgery, for Dr. Brandy, is one of the most rewarding surgeries to perform. He enjoys seeing the excitement of his abdominoplasty patients when they see the final results of the surgery and hearing about their renewed sense of self-confidence and excitement over their firmer, more flattering shape.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended abdominoplasty surgery is the same as a full tummy tuck surgery except the incision extends beyond the hip bones. An extended incision may be necessary to remove excessive amounts of sagging skin. As with a full tummy tucks, liposuction surgery or laser liposuction surgery is often combined with the extended tummy tuck surgery to achieve ideal body contouring results.
Recovery After A Tummy Tuck
After a tummy tuck, the abdominal area will be swollen and sore with slight bruising for the first few days and possibly a week or longer. Pain medication and bed rest are prescribed for five to seven days. After which time, patients may feel well enough to resume work and light daily activities.
Tummy tuck patients are asked to wear a compression garment for two or three weeks following the abdominoplasty surgery to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. In addition, heaving lifting and exercise should be avoided for up to four weeks.
Most tummy tuck patients are thrilled to immediately see the results of the abdominoplasty surgery. However, the healing process will continue for three to six months before the final result of the surgery is seen.
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FAQs: Tummy Tuck Surgery
Women considering tummy tuck surgery should be certain they are finished having children. Although it is not ideal, it is fine to have children following the surgery. Be aware that new stretching of the skin and abdominal muscle laxity may occur. If necessary, a second tummy tuck could be performed.
How long do the results from abdominoplasty surgery last?
Once the sagging skin and excess fat is removed from the abdominal area and the muscles are tightened, the results are permanent. To maintain the results of abdominoplasty surgery, a weight management program should be followed and the reason for the original abdominal stretching (childbirth, excessive weight gain) should be avoided.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck will depend on what type of tummy tuck is being performed and if any additional cosmetic surgery procedures are being performed. During a private consultation, we will discuss your overall body contouring goals and expectations from the surgery. By the end of your consultation, you will have clear understanding of the cost of tummy tuck surgery, the results you can expect and the adjustments you will need to make to your lifestyle during your recovery from the surgery.
Are there risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery procedures?
Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual's physical appearance, but also to their self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.
Tummy Tuck Alternative Treatments
While less invasive body contouring treatments do exist, no other skin tightening treatment or fat reduction treatment will provide the same level of body contouring and re-shaping as tummy tuck surgery. Less invasive skin tightening and body contouring treatments include:
CoolSculpting® Fat Reduction is an FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat removal treatment performed in as little as one office visit to eliminate fat through patented cooling technology.
SMARTLipo™ Laser Liposuction for the Face is a minimally invasive fat removal and skin tightening treatment that is performed with local anesthesia, and depending on the area treated, can be performed in less than an hour.
VelaShape Cellulite Reduction is an innovative technology that significantly reduces and in many cases eliminates the appearance of cellulite and provide circumferential reduction with noticeable body contouring results.
Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction is a non-invasive cellulite reduction treatment that uses gentle electrical stimulation and all-natural compounds to safely rid the body of accumulated toxins, improve lymphatic drainage and stimulate circulation.
Come in for your complimentary consultation to discuss all treatment options and decide which is right for you!