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Tummy Tuck

Do you have tummy skin and fat that just won’t go away? Did weight loss and/or pregnancy ruin your abdomen? If so, a tummy tuck may solve your problem and give you your confidence back.

Tummy tuck or “abdominoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed. It also has one of the highest satisfaction rates.

Problem Excess abdominal skin and fat.   Loose stretched abdominal muscles.
Procedure Dr. Brown usually performs liposuction with most tummy tucks. The entire trunk (abdomen, love handles and back) is treated with liposuction to remove the wanted fat, improve contour and make the skin highly mobile for the tummy tuck. Following liposuction to deflate the trunk, the abdominal skin becomes very mobile and the excess abdominal skin is removed along with internal tightening of the loose abdominal muscles.   Dr. Brown positions the scar very low, 5-6 cm above where the labia majora meet.     The scar then extends to each side only as far as needed to remove the excess skin. Usually 18-23cm to each side. The goal is to keep the scar as low and short as possible so it can be hidden in a bikini.

 

One drain is placed OR tissue glue is used and NO DRAIN is needed.

 

If desired, Dr. Brown can process the fat removed from liposuction and transfer it to deficient areas of the buttock to further improve overall body contour.

Goal To improve the overall contour and appearance of the abdomen and trunk.
Facility Surgery Center or Hospital
Preparation Patients should be at a stable weight and healthy. Patient cannot be using any nicotine containing products.
Anesthesia General anesthesia.
Recovery
   Hospital stay Most patients choose to go home the day of the procedure.
   Assistance You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself.  The pain medications and compression garments will make it difficult to care for others.
   Walking You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
   Showering You may shower 24 hours after surgery.
   Exercise Light exercise is ok 1-2 weeks after surgery depending on how quickly you heal.  Regular exercise after 3 weeks.  Abdominal exercises after 6 weeks if you have muscle tightening performed.
   Sex Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure.
   Work 1 week or less depending on your type of work.
   Swelling Usually peaks around 3 days and gradually goes away.
   Bruising Should subside within 1-2 weeks.
Follow-up Appointments 1-3 days after surgery, 2 weeks, 8 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.
Performed by: Dr. Ben Brown