Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty
Exercising rigorously and following a strict diet, but you still can’t get rid of that loose abdominal skin? There are some things workouts and diets can’t address, and loose abdominal skin is one of them. For that, we have abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty, more popularly known as the “tummy tuck”, not only removes excess skin and fat, but also tightens abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck is often combined with liposuction.
Who Should Get a Tummy Tuck?
- Individuals who want to get rid of excess or sagging abdominal skin following weight loss
- Women who wish to tighten loose abdominal muscles and improve their physical contours after pregnancy
- Individuals who wish to have a more toned midsection.
It is important to note that a tummy tuck is best for patients who have stable weight or are done having children. If you plan to become pregnant in the future or still want to lose more weight, make sure to discuss these with Dr. Kiener during your consultation.
A full tummy tuck usually takes two to four hours to complete. Dr. Kiener begins the procedure by making a horizontal incision (from hip to hip), generally below the bikini line. After the incision is made, Dr. Kiener separates the abdominal skin from the navel. He then tightens the abdominal muscles to firm up the midsection and narrow the waistline. The excess abdominal skin and subcutaneous fat are removed, and the incision is closed with sutures.
Surgical drains may or not may be necessary. If they are necessary they are left in place for a week. Patients may shower after the first day, but immersion bathing is discouraged. Patients are given an abdominal binder to wear for as long as it is comfortable . Patients are encouraged to take walks as soon as they feel comfortable to promote blood circulation and help in recovery.
Patients can resume their normal routine within three weeks following surgery, but strenuous activities such as exercise and heavy lifting are to be avoided for about six weeks. Swelling, bruising, and skin numbness are expected, but usually resolve over the ensuing six months. Dr. Kiener gives thorough post-op instructions as well as closely following the patient for optimal results.
If you would like more information about abdominoplasty or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Kiener today!