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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Scottsdale, AZ

What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

A Tummy Tuck targets sagging loose skin and separated muscles from the upper pubic area up above the belly button. In most cases, Tummy Tucks are meant to tighten the abdominal skin and underlying support tissues after pregnancy and childbirth or after the gain and subsequent loss of a good deal of weight. The localized weight gain has stretched the skin and support tissues to a degree that they are now permanently loose.

In these surgeries, Dr. Admire removes excess fat and skin across the abdomen and restores weakened or separated abdominal muscles. This gives the patient a flatter, smoother, more contoured abdomen. Tummy Tucks also can actually slim the waist contour.

Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

The best candidates for a Tummy Tuck are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to traditional diet and exercise. This procedure can also benefit older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity.

Tummy Tucks can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. Results from the Tummy Tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to consider postponing this procedure until they are done having children.

We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

The localized weight gain of pregnancy can stretch the skin and underlying support tissues of the lower abdomen to such an extent that they cannot tighten back down to their former degree of tautness afterward. The weight can actually separate the stomach muscles that support the center of the abdominal area. No matter how many crunches you do, there’s nothing that will tighten the area back up.

This can make a new mother depressed. What happened to my firm contoured tummy? There were expectations that things would get better when you lost your baby weight, but the saggy skin is still there.

A Tummy Tuck will get your flat stomach back. After Dr. Admire removes excess skin, liposuctions away fat pockets, and re-anchors your separated muscles. You’ll love your new tummy.

Risks of a Tummy Tuck

Though rare, post-operative complications from any surgical procedure are possible. They may include infection, blood clots, and poor healing, which may require further surgery.

Patients who have had previous abdominal surgery should know that their old scars could be raised, stretched or generally more noticeable after the Tummy Tuck procedure. A scar revision procedure after a Tummy Tuck can help minimize the appearance of unsightly scars.

How Do I Prepare for a Tummy Tuck?

As with any surgery, you’ll need to stop taking any blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medications at least one week prior to your surgery. These can cause excessive bleeding and subsequent bruising. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for two weeks prior and after surgery, as smoking dramatically slows wound healing and that’s not a good idea with the lengthy incision involved. We’ll discuss these things during your consultation.

Your real preparation should be for your recovery. Because Dr. Admire will be creating a long incision and re-anchoring your separated muscles you won’t be able to lift anything over 10 pounds for at least a month, probably longer. You won’t even be able to stand up straight for a few days. With this in mind, you need to outfit your recovery nest appropriately. Get all the entertainment options you can think you may want — books, magazines, crossword puzzles, your laptop, and your TV remote — and make them easy to access.

You won’t be able to climb stairs at first, so if you sleep upstairs you should prepare a downstairs option for sleeping.

You’ll also need to plan for help around the house. You’ll need to be basically on bed rest for at least two weeks, so there’ll be no cooking, doing chores, and the like. Whether it’s a spouse or relative, you’ll need assistance and you need to make those arrangements.

The Tummy Tuck ProcedureTummy Tuck AZ | Abdominoplasty AZ

Tummy tucks take approximately two to five hours and are performed under general anesthesia. This procedure may be performed on an in-patient or outpatient basis, depending on the complexity of your surgery and your doctor’s recommendation.

Your surgeon will make two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone close to the pubic area, and another around the navel. They will separate the skin from the abdominal muscles, which are then pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. The skin flap is then stretched down and over the newly tightened muscles, excess skin is removed, and the navel is reattached in a natural position. Finally, your surgeon will close the incisions and apply sterile surgical dressings over the sutured areas.

In many cases, liposuction of the area is included to maximize results.

Customized Treatment for Optimal Cosmetic Results

We take the time during every pre-operative consultation to learn what patients want to achieve from a Tummy Tuck both for their bodies and for their self-confidence. By listening to what patients have to say and closely examining them rather than performing a one-size-fits-all procedure on every person, we provide patients with a completely customized treatment that takes into account their specific goals.

We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.

What Our Patients Have to Say

“When I had an initial consultation with Dr. Admire I knew right off the bat that I would choose him for my procedure. He is very meticulous and I could tell that he genuinely cared about his patients. He has had years of experience and does truly amazing work. Thank you so much!”  -Mary L.

What Do Tummy Tuck Results Look Like?

A Tummy Tuck leaves patients with a flatter, more toned abdominal area that fits the natural contours of your body. It can improve a patient’s appearance and confidence by helping them look and feel younger and slimmer. The results of this procedure are visible right away and will continue to improve. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. Scars will fade with time, leaving your stomach sleeker and more defined than ever before.

A Tummy Tuck will leave a scar spanning the lower abdomen from hip to hip. We are very careful to make the incision low enough for even a bikini to conceal the scar.

Recovery after Tummy TuckTummy Tuck AZ | Abdominoplasty AZ

After surgery, compression garments are worn and a temporary tube may be inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. You should limit strenuous activities for at least six weeks and may need to take off from work for up to a month. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery. Following these instructions can help speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of any post-surgery complications.

How Long Before I Can Return to Work After a Tummy Tuck?

Most patients need a full month before they can return to work. This sounds like a lot, but this is extensive surgery and you cannot rush your healing.

What are the Side Effects Involved with a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty is major surgery, so it involves all of the risks associated with any surgery: reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, and the like. These are very rare.

This surgery does create the longest incision in cosmetic surgery, stretching from hipbone to hipbone for the main incision with a second incision in or near the belly button. Fortunately, this area isn’t overly-sensitive and it heals efficiently. Compared to some areas of the body, the lower abdomen doesn’t have a large amount of nerve endings and it isn’t overly vascularized.

The main risk with these procedures is that the long lower incision doesn’t heal properly and there are areas of uneven skin. Thanks to Dr. Admire’s extensive experience and board-certified training these risks are very low.

Are Tummy Tucks Covered by Insurance?

These are usually deemed to be cosmetic procedures and they are not covered by insurance.

Partial Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)

Partial abdominoplasty, or “mini Tummy Tuck”, is similar to the regular Tummy Tuck procedure, except it involves a shorter incision and the skin is only lifted to the navel, which does not have to be moved. This procedure is ideal for patients who need just a little improvement in order to reach their desired results. You can discuss the differences between these procedures, as well as weigh their benefits and risks with your doctor in order to decide which procedure is best for you.

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To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedures, contact us today at 480.946.3155. Our practice serves Scottsdale, AZ and surrounding areas.

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