Tummy Tuck

A sculpted, flat abdomen can be difficult to achieve through traditional diet and exercise. Fat deposits and skin laxity may be preventing you from having the toned, attractive abdominal contours you desire. A flabby or protruding belly can be caused by weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or the natural aging process. Many men and women agonize over the appearance of their stomachs and lament that traditional slimming techniques yield little results. Dr. Katzen performs tummy tuck surgery to remove excess skin and fat, creating a leaner, firmer abdominal contour.

Tummy tuck surgery improves the appearance of the abdomen by excising excess skin and fat that has accumulated around the mid and lower abdomen. Patients with protruding and loose abdomens can tighten their rectus muscles, which helps achieve a firmer abdominal appearance. Patients who choose tummy tuck surgery are looking for tailored, long-lasting results that provide them with a more fit and lean physique.


Who Can Benefit

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It is natural for our skin to weaken as we age. When this begins, the tissues of the abdomen can start to sag or droop. You may even have issues with weakened core muscles. The traditional tummy tuck technique removes skin and fat through an incision along the lower abdomen. Typically, the rectus abdominis muscles are tightened. An incision around the umbilicus, or belly button, will help reposition the belly button for a more natural abdominal appearance.

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Following pregnancy, many women have stretched abdominal skin and loose rectus muscles. When combined, these can create an unattractive abdominal pooch. For many, skin laxity issues following childbirth make it impossible to restore the appearance of their pre-baby body. If there is only a minimal amount of excess abdominal skin, a mini tummy tuck may be all that is needed. During a mini tummy tuck, a small incision is placed on the lower abdomen. The belly button is not moved. For patients with more excess abdominal skin, excess abdominal fat, and abdominal wall muscle weakness, a larger incision is made. During the full abdominoplasty, excess abdominal skin and fat are removed, the rectus abdominis muscles are tightened, and the belly button is repositioned.

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Patients who have undergone dramatic weight loss are often disheartened by the excess flabby skin that can remain. Skin with weakened elasticity often doesn’t naturally tighten following weight loss. An extended tummy tuck utilizes a longer incision across the lower abdomen, which can run from hip to hip, to remove low-hanging skin caused by weight loss. Patients who choose this tummy tuck technique typically have excess skin accumulations around their hips as well as their abdomen.

What Do You Desire

Pre-Baby Stomach

The rapid expansion of the abdominal tissues during pregnancy permanently alters the quality of the elasticity of these tissues. This may make it impossible to restore the attractive contours of your stomach. For many women, they feel that their post-pregnancy belly is aging their appearance. Tummy tuck surgery tightens the abdominal muscles and skin, creating a pleasing appearance and restoring your pre-baby stomach.

Flatter, Better Defined Abdomen

Men and women who struggle to achieve lean, defined abdominal contours in the gym may turn to tummy tuck surgery. Eliminating excess of abdominal skin and fat provides a firmer and more youthful abdomen. In addition, abdominal liposuction can help achieve definition around the rectus abdominis muscles. Tummy tuck surgery, or an abdominoplasty, is an ideal procedure for patients who seek a leaner, more toned abdominal appearance.

A Natural Appearance

The most successful surgery is the one where nobody knows you got it. Dr. Katzen is a respected plastic surgeon who specializes in aesthetic, cosmetic, and reconstructive plastic surgery. His technique allows him to place camouflaged incisions for a smoother appearance. Dr. Katzen also performs navel repositioning to help create a natural-appearing abdominal aesthetic.

Confidence

Almost all women and men who desire tummy tuck surgery are motivated by the confidence they know they will gain after the procedure. Unhappiness with your appearance can have a significant impact on your relationships, career, and your approach to daily life. Choosing to relieve yourself of this burden can lead to new opportunities and open doors you never realized were closed.

Addressing Your Concerns


Recovery

You will likely experience bruising, swelling, and redness following your procedure.

A compression garment should be worn to limit swelling and facilitate the healing process. You should have someone help you during the first 24 hours of your recovery. During the first three weeks, you should limit your physical activities and always avoid any heavy lifting. Most patients return to work after two to four weeks depending on the type of labor their job requires. You can resume your normal activities after six weeks. Around this time, most major swelling will begin to subside and your final results should become visible.

Scars

Scars are always a possibility when incisions are required.

The severity of the scarring will depend on skin texture and color, how well the skin heals, and the incision location. Dr. Katzen minimizes scarring by placing the incisions in inconspicuous areas. The length of your scarring will depend on the tummy tuck technique required to achieve your aesthetic results.

  • The traditional technique may result in scarring along the lower abdomen and within the navel
  • A mini tummy tuck may result in scarring along the lower abdomen only
  • The extended technique may result in scarring that runs from hip to hip

Pain

Wearing a compression garment will help to prevent pain and limit postoperative swelling.

Since tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia, there will be no pain during surgery. After surgery, there will be some mild to moderate pain. To minimize your postoperative pain, Dr. Katzen will place a pain pump during surgery. To further alleviate your postoperative pain, Dr. Katzen will prescribe pain medication. Following his postoperative directions will also help to keep you comfortable and will lead to a quicker recovery. Your abdomen will feel tight; however, this is one of the purposes of the surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery

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  • Can a tummy tuck eliminate my excess fat?

    Many patients seeking a tummy tuck suffer from excess fat deposits on the abdomen. Depending on the extent of fat present, liposuction or direct excision may be used to restore better definition to your abdomen.

  • How long will my tummy tuck results last?

    The life of your tummy tuck will ultimately depend on your lifestyle choices. The skin and fat removed are permanently eliminated. However, surgery cannot prevent new tissues from developing. Maintain a stable weight through diet and exercise. It is also beneficial to not have any pregnancies following your procedure.

  • When should I consider getting my tummy tuck?

    Whenever you feel that your confidence would benefit from a tummy tuck, you should seek evaluation by Dr. Katzen. Weight-loss patients should maintain a stable weight for at least three months before undergoing tummy tuck surgery, and mothers should wait at least six months to a year after giving birth before considering the procedure. Before tummy tuck surgery, it is important to lose as much excess weight and to tighten your abdominal muscles as much as possible.

  • What risks are associated with tummy tuck surgery?

    While tummy tuck is a common and safe procedure, it is possible that some complications may develop. The most common include bleeding and infection. Tummy tuck surgery also puts you at risk of seroma development and increases your chances of blood clots. Engaging in limited activity can help minimize your risk of blood clot formation.

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