A firm and toned figure is something many men and women often strive to achieve. However, losing that last bit of fat can be challenging despite how much diet and exercise a person tries. Significant weight loss, pregnancy, and the natural effects of aging can stretch the abdomen and leave behind loose and sagging skin. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can remove excess fat and skin that may have developed to give patients a flatter and smoother-looking stomach.
Patients interested in undergoing tummy tuck surgery must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations. If a smoker, you will be advised to quit smoking at least two weeks before and two weeks after the procedure to minimize the risk of complications. Tummy tuck surgery may benefit patients who struggle with the following conditions:
- Skin laxity
- Stretch marks
- Overhanging skin
- Excessive abdominal wall fat
- Weak abdominal muscles
During your scheduled consultation, Dr. D’Amore will evaluate your body type to help you determine which tummy tuck option will help you achieve the look you desire. Openly discussing your goals is a vital step in creating the shapely body you wish to achieve. Our collection of pre- and postoperative photographs will be available for inspection.
Dr. D’Amore performs full and mini tummy tuck procedures that can be combined with liposuction to provide additional body contouring effects by targeting stubborn fat in the hips, flanks, and abdomen.
Full Tummy Tuck
Full tummy tuck surgery requires an incision to be made down in the pubic area and a secondary incision around the navel. Dr. D’Amore tightens the abdominal muscles, removes excess abdominal tissue, and tightens the remaining skin. This technique is ideal for patients with general abdominal laxity.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini tummy tuck surgery involves a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck. The incision will be made along the bikini line, and the abdominal muscles will be tightened. Dr. D’Amore will also trim excess skin for a more defined contour. This technique is ideal for patients who struggle with minimal abdominal weakness and skin laxity.
Bruising and swelling may occur after your tummy tuck surgery but should resolve after a few weeks. Because of improved techniques, drains are usually necessary anymore. Most patients can return to their daily activities one to two weeks after surgery. However, patients should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for four to six weeks to prevent any postoperative complications.
Your tummy tuck surgery cost will vary depending on the extent of time and correction needed to achieve your aesthetic goals and desires. Dr. D’Amore will provide each patient with a detailed cost sheet during their consultation.
Tummy tuck surgery can provide patients with a slimmer profile, and results are permanent as long as patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not gain a significant amount of weight.