Aging, genetics, pregnancy, and dramatic weight fluctuations can permanently alter the appearance of the midsection. Common issues patients are concerned about are skin laxity, muscle weakness, and excess fat, all of which can contribute to a displeasing silhouette. Dr. Hotchandani performs tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty or dermolipectomy, to restore the aesthetic quality of the abdomen by removing excess tissue and repairing the underlying musculature. Each tummy tuck procedure is customized to the patient’s cosmetic goals to produce results that complement their individual anatomy.
Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck
During a thorough consultation, Dr. Hotchandani will assess your condition and objectives to determine the best approach for you. Patients may qualify for tummy tuck surgery if they are in generally good health, are at a stable weight, and have a realistic expectation of their results. Tummy tuck surgery is not intended to replace a healthy, active lifestyle or serve as a weight loss solution. Those who wish to address abdominal imperfections such as skin laxity, stubborn fat deposits, and damaged rectus muscles may consider this effective body contouring procedure.
The Tummy Tuck Process
- The Procedure
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient body contouring procedure performed at our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Green Bay. Either general anesthesia or local anesthetic with sedation is used to ensure a safe and painless experience. Depending on the desired extent of correction, patients may choose from the following techniques:
- Traditional tummy tuck: An incision is placed low on the abdomen from one hip to the other. A small incision is made around the belly button. Excess tissue is removed, and the muscles are tightened. This approach is suitable for patients with compound concerns throughout the abdominal region.
- Mini tummy tuck: A shorter incision is created along the pubic line to remove excess tissue without having to place a second incision around the belly button. This method is ideal for patients with minimal cosmetic concerns in the lower abdomen.
Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are common side effects experienced after tummy tuck surgery, but these should subside considerably within three weeks. Taking prescription pain medication and wearing a compression garment can alleviate postoperative discomfort during the initial stages of recovery. Residual swelling can last for several months. Recovery time varies from case-to-case. Those who opt for a mini tummy tuck are likely to have a shorter and more comfortable healing period. Exercise cannot be resumed for four to six weeks or until cleared by Dr. Hotchandani, but it is recommended to take short, easy walks as soon as possible to promote circulation.
*Results and patient experience may vary.
Patients should notice an immediate improvement in their abdominal contours following their tummy tuck surgery, but the swelling usually persists for several weeks and obscures the final results. After all side effects dissipate, and the body adjusts to its new changes, the firmer, smoother, and more toned physique is revealed. Tummy tuck patients are advised to use adequate sun protection for optimal incision healing and prevent displeasing darkening of the scars.
Is tummy tuck surgery painful?
Because general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia (usually lidocaine) and sedation are used during tummy tuck surgery, patients experience no pain during their procedure. Discomfort is normal after the anesthetic wears off, but taking the prescribed medications and wearing the appropriate compression garment can help make the experience more comfortable.
Does tummy tuck surgery result in scarring?
Typically, patients who undergo a tummy tuck procedure will have a scar that lies low on the abdomen and, in some cases, around the belly button. Proper aftercare helps promote healing and minimize the visibility of scars. If possible, Dr. Hotchandani positions this incision low enough to be concealed by bikinis or undergarments, and all scars tend to fade with time.
Is tummy tuck surgery safe?
All surgeries come with risks, usually in association with general anesthesia; however, Dr. Hotchandani has extensive experience performing this procedure and the staff at Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery medical has been expertly trained to provide patients with the safest experience possible.
Can liposuction be performed during my tummy tuck procedure?
Whether or not liposuction can be added to a tummy tuck procedure will depend on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed and other factors. In many cases, abdominoplasty is performed with VASER® liposuction surgery to deliver the safest outcome with best results.