Feel Confident In Your Body

Do you want a sleeker silhouette? An abdominoplasty might be right for you. Also known as a Tummy Tuck, this procedure removes loose skin, stretch marks, and belly fat for a toned and flat stomach. Diet and exercise routines are important, but cannot reduce significant amounts of loose skin that occur after a substantial weight loss or pregnancy. When nothing else works, a Tummy Tuck is a good option to tone up your midsection.

Why Patients Choose Abdominoplasty

As you grow older, the muscles in your abdomen become weaker and start to sag. This can cause a noticeable abdominal bulge. On top of that, the elasticity of your skin declines, leading to sagging of the overlying skin. Pockets of excess stubborn fat can also form in the abdominal region.

With pregnancy, expansion of your abdomen over 9 months causes the muscles of the abdominal wall to separate and become weak. Your skin stretches and expands rapidly as well, and after childbirth, it often cannot shrink back down to how it was prior to pregnancy. Fast skin stretching due to pregnancy can also cause stretch marks.

Sagging abdominal skin, excess fat, drooping muscles, and stretch marks can often have a negative impact on your self-confidence. It can be difficult to hide these issues in form-fitting clothing, at the gym, or in swimwear at the beach or pool. Fortunately, abdominoplasty can help.

The Abdominoplasty Process

An abdominoplasty is typically performed in The Spiegel Center’s state-of-the-art surgery facility using either general or sedation anesthesia. After the anesthesia takes effect, incisions are made, commonly from your hip bone to hip bone and around your belly button.  Incisions are always made in a way that will hide the resulting scars. 

In fact, you will likely be asked to bring your favorite underwear or bikini bottoms so that the doctor can make sure the incision will be camouflaged. Internal sutures are used to tighten and reconnect the muscles of your abdominal wall. Liposuction removes excess fatty tissue, and then the excess skin is tailored back into position. Once everything is in place and your skin and muscles are properly tightened, everything is closed with carefully placed stitches.

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Recovering From Abdominoplasty

Once you undergo an abdominoplasty, you will probably feel like getting back on your feet as fast as possible. However, it’s best to keep in mind that the rate of recovery depends on how well you take care of yourself during the healing process. It is vital that patients follow the doctor’s instructions during the recovery period.

For the next six weeks after the procedure, you will need to wear an abdominal binder, which is a compressive dressing like a girdle or “Spanx.” This will help to reduce swelling and bruising and permit scars to heal as invisibly as possible. During sleep, it can be helpful to slightly elevate your upper body and keep your knees bent. You can make this easier by placing pillows underneath your knees. It’s like sleeping in a “beach chair.”

Some Helpful Recovery Tips

Drink plenty of water every day and stick to a healthy diet. Try to include all types of vegetables and fresh fruits, which will give your body the nutrients it needs to heal properly. You can also take vitamin C and vitamin A supplements to reduce the duration of your recovery period.

Try to walk for a short time every day after the surgery in order to ensure proper blood flow and avoid complications. Stay away from strenuous activities such as lifting heavy weights or vigorous exercise. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, since these can hamper the healing process.

Schedule A Consultation

Abdominoplasty is an excellent way to restore yourself to a trim figure.  Our expert physicians are board-certified with over two decades of experience in body and facial plastic surgery and are some of the most in-demand plastic surgeons in the country. To set up your abdominoplasty consultation, contact The Spiegel Center today.

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Tummy Tuck FAQ 

What is body contouring and how is it done?

Are body contouring results permanent?

How often can I do body contouring?

Are there any side effects? What is the downtime?

What is body contouring and how is it done?

Can you say there's not a single area of unwanted fat, jiggle, looseness, or sagging anywhere to be found on your body? Most people will say that even if they exercise and eat properly, the body they want remains elusive because of genetics and other factors. Fortunately, we can help. Body contouring removes and repositions fat, tightens skin, and even strengthens certain muscles to get you the shape you want. Six-pack abs, an hourglass figure, tight, shapely, muscular arms, and thigh gaps are just some of the features that body contouring can help you achieve. Tummy tucks are often paired with non-surgical options like BodyTite and Morpheus8 treatments. There are three main parts to body contouring. First, undesired fat is removed via liposuction. Say goodbye to the spare tire and banana rolls! Next, the fat is purified and replaced where you want it, usually in the face or other body parts. Finally, the skin is tightened to eliminate wrinkles and cellulite.

Are body contouring results permanent?

Once we help you shape your body to the desired appearance, that new body shape is yours and it's real. Of course, you'll keep aging and your body will change with time; you'll just be starting from a great place.

How often can I do body contouring?

The experienced surgeons at The Spiegel Center will help you determine if body contouring is the right choice for you. Sometimes we can treat the area more than once as time passes. Other times, we may recommend a different type of procedure to reach your goal.

Are there any side effects? What is the downtime?

The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, and some downtime. You'll want to avoid significant physical activity for a while after your body contouring procedure. The exact amount of time will vary based upon the number of areas treated, and the extent of the procedure. It's typical to have some oozing and you will probably need to wear a compression dressing (like Spanx) for a number of days. Overall, recovery is pretty straightforward and it's unusual for people to have complications.

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