Dr. Hotchandani performs tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty/Dermolipectomy) to help flatten and streamline waist profiles by removing excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. Repair and suture of weakened abdominal muscles may also be performed. At Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery, most tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty/Dermolipectomy) are performed after an initial liposuction procedure. The procedure is completed using general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with a sedative on an outpatient basis at the state of the art Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery facility in Green Bay.
- What to Expect
- How it Works
- Patient Experience
What to Expect
Results of your tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty/Dermolipectomy) surgery will be immediately visible, and there will be continued improvement as swelling dissipates over the next two to four weeks. Tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty/Dermolipectomy) should neither be considered a solution for obesity nor a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. The surgery is most effective for people with healthy skin tone and elasticity, and in order to have the safest possible outcome, there are limits to how much tissue can be removed per treatment.
How Does it Work?
The procedure consists of removing excess fat and skin and repairing weakened abdominal muscles through an incision across the waist above the pubic area and below the bikini line if possible. Depending on the extent of correction desired, a second incision may be made around the belly button. In a mini tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty/Dermolipectomy), one shorter incision across the waist is used to remove excess skin and fat without having an incision around the belly button. Under some circumstances both vertical midline and lower horizontal incisions are used to accomplish optimal results.
Tummy tucks are performed on an outpatient basis. Dr. Hotchandani does not use any drains during surgery. If you are traveling from out of town, Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery may provide an overnight stay at a local hotel across from the office.
Patient recovery times and return to work times vary. Excess skin is removed to a point where there is no tension at closure sites. It is important to stay out of the sun or at a minimum wear broad spectrum sunscreen post-treatment as scars heal much better when UV exposure from sun on tanning booths is avoided.
What are the characteristics of a good candidate for abdominoplasty?
Tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty/Dermolipectomy) are most appropriate for people who are healthy but bothered by fatty deposits and loose skin in the abdomen area. Women who have overstretched abdominal muscles due to multiple pregnancies and people who have saggy, loose skin following massive weight loss are prime candidates.
Is abdominoplasty painful?
General anesthesia will be used or a local anesthetic, usually lidocaine, will be combined with a sedative to de-sensitize the treatment area and you should feel no pain during the procedure. Discomfort within the first few days after your procedure may be alleviated with medication prescribed. You will wear a support garment for a week or longer if it makes you comfortable.
Does abdominoplasty leave scars?
Scars from surgical entry points will include one across the waist from one hip-bone to the other, transversely positioned in the pubic area. A second incision may be made around the navel depending on desired results, and this would leave a scar around the new belly button. In a mini tummy tuck, one smaller incision across the waist will result in a shorter scar. In some cases both horizontal and vertical midline incisions are used for best results, in that case you will have an additional vertical scar. If possible, Dr. Hotchandani will position scars across the waist below the bikini line. Scars will fade and improve over time for up to a year.
What is the recovery time I should expect?
Patient recovery times range from two weeks to a few months and vary case by case. Short walks are encouraged during the first day post-op, and patients are discouraged from sitting in one place for extended time periods during the next several days. Many patients can resume normal activities including mild exercise after a few weeks. More physically demanding work can be resumed in two weeks if abdominal muscles are not tightened, or six to eight weeks if they are repaired.
Are tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty/Dermolipectomy) safe?
Like any surgery, there are risks including those associated with general anesthesia; however, Dr. Hotchandani has extensive experience performing surgery and the Hotchandani Laser, Vein and Cosmetic Surgery medical staff has been thoroughly trained to provide patients with the safest experience possible.