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Abdominoplasty in Phoenix

Abdominoplasty, often called a “tummy tuck,” is a popular procedure used to flatten and shape the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, while also tightening the muscles and tissues. At AdmireMD Plastic Surgery + Skin Clinic, we’ve been performing tummy tucks with impressive results for many years, and are excited to learn how we can help you enjoy the body you know you deserve.

What Exactly Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck in Phoenix targets sagging, loose skin and separated muscles, going from the upper pubic area to just above the belly button. In most cases, an abdominoplasty is used to tighten the abdominal skin and underlying tissues after a life event like pregnancy and childbirth, or significant weight loss that’s resulted in stretched, loosened skin.

During your abdominoplasty procedure, Anthony A. Admire will remove excess fat and skin across your abdomen, while also working to restore weakened or separated abdominal muscles, resulting in a flatter, smoother, more contoured abdominal area, and a slimmer, more contoured waistline as well.

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Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck in Phoenix?

You’re likely to be a great candidate for abdominoplasty if you’re in the Phoenix or Scottsdale areas, and are feeling frustrated by a midsection that just isn’t responding to diet and exercise. This procedure can also benefit older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity. We’ll talk you through your options during your consultation, but you’re likely to be a great candidate if you’re:

  • In good physical condition
  • Have stretched skin after pregnancy
  • Not planning to have more children
  • Having lost significant weight
  • Have pockets of fat aren’t responding to diet and exercise

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 an extent that prevents them from returning to their former state. This can also separate the stomach muscles in your abdominal core, making it incredibly difficult to tighten the area. The tummy tuck can help return your stomach and abdomen to its tighter, more contoured state, a process that also helps to restore self-confidence, as well.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

Your abdominoplasty will leave you with a flatter, more toned abdominal area that better fits the natural contours of your body. This can improve your appearance and confidence by helping you look and feel slimmer and more youthful, with results that are immediately visible, and will continue to improve over time, especially with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Scarring will fade with time, leaving you with a sleeker, more defined stomach.

Are There Risks Associated with a Tummy Tuck?

Though rare, the possibility for postoperative complications does exist, as with just about any surgical procedure. These can include infection, blood clots, and poor healing, which may require further surgery.

If you’re someone who has had previous abdominal surgery, it’s important to know that your old scars could be raised, stretched, or generally made a bit more noticeable after your abdominoplasty procedure. A scar revision procedure after your tummy tuck can help minimize the appearance of these unsightly scars.

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Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck in Phoenix

As with any surgery, you’ll need to stop taking any blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medications at least one week prior to your procedure, as they can cause excessive bleeding and bruising.

The abdominoplasty involves the creation of a long incision, so Anthony A. Admire can re-anchor your abdominal muscles, meaning won’t be able to lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for at least a month, if not longer.

Smokers will need to stop for two weeks both before and after surgery, as smoking can slow wound healing quite dramatically. You’ll need to set up a recovery area where you can spend most of your time reclined for the first few days.

How Does the Procedure Work?

An abdominoplasty procedure in Scottsdale usually takes between two to five hours, and is performed under general anesthesia. This procedure can be performed on an in-patient or outpatient basis, depending on the complexity of your surgery and Anthony A. Admire’s recommendation.

Anthony A. Admire makes two incisions: one from hip bone to hip bone, close to the pubic area, and another around the navel. These separate the skin from your abdominal muscles, which will then be pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waistline. The skin is then stretched down and over these newly-tightened muscles, any excess skin is removed, and the navel is reattached in a natural position.

Customizing Your Treatment

We know that every patient is different, bringing not only a unique body, but also a personalized set of goals, as well. During every pre-operative consultation, we’ll take the time to learn what exactly you’re here to achieve with your tummy tuck, both in terms of your bodies and your self-confidence. 

We get that there’s no one-size-fits all solution, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, which is why we’ll develop a treatment plan that is customized to both you and your individual goals. If your optimal results are better achieved by combining procedures, we’ll let you know. If there’s a less-invasive way to accomplish your goals, we’ll let you know that, too! Our priority is your cosmetic satisfaction, and we’re excited to learn more about how we can help you reach your goals.

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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.

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What’s the Recovery Process Like?

After surgery, we’ll fit you with a comfortable compression garment and might insert a temporary tube under your skin to drain excess fluid. Recovery times tend to range between about two weeks to a few months.

You should take care to avoid any strenuous activities for at least six weeks and may need to take up to a month off work. Before your surgery, Anthony A. Admire will go over everything you need to know, giveing you specific instructions for your recovery process.

Making sure to carefully follow these instructions can help to not only speed up your recovery process, but also make it a bit more comfortable, while also helping to reduce the risk of any painful or frustrating post-surgery complications.

Enjoy a Flatter, Smoother Stomach

If you’re feeling frustrated by the presence of bulging fat or excess skin on the abdomen, despite a steady commitment to healthy living and regular exercise, and abdominoplasty might be the best way to truly start loving the way you look. We offer the tummy tuck for individuals in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas, and can’t wait to learn what we can do for you! Reach out and set up your consultation today!

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FAQ

When can I return to work after my tummy tuck?

Most patients need about a full month before they can return to work. While this might sound like a lot at first, it’s important to remember that the surgery is fairly extensive, and it’s important to avoid rushing the healing process.

Are there 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, however, and are made even more rare by Anthony A. Admire’s extensive experience.

This surgery does create the longest incision in cosmetic surgery, stretching from hip bone to hip bone for the main incision, with a secondary incision in or near the belly button. Fortunately, this area isn’t overly-sensitive and heals quite efficiently.

The main risk with this procedure involves uneven skin due to the lower incision not healing properly. Thanks to Anthony A. Admire’s extensive experience and board-certified training, these risks are very low.

Is my tummy tuck covered by insurance?

Abdominoplasty is usually deemed to be a cosmetic procedure, and usually isn’t covered by insurance.

Do you offer a mini tummy tuck?

We do! A partial abdominoplasty, or “mini tummy tuck,” is similar to the regular procedure, except it involves a shorter incision and the skin is only lifted to the navel, which doesn’t have to be moved. This is ideal for patients who are only looking for minor improvements. You can talk over the differences between these procedures, as well as weigh their benefits and risks with Anthony A. Admire during your consultation, and he’ll help you decide which procedure is best for you.

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