Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Saginaw

Abdominoplasty, often called a “tummy tuck,” is a popular procedure used to flatten and shape the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. Patients love the look of their new flat stomachs after surgery under Dr. Weiss’ exceptional care.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are in good physical condition and who have pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to traditional diet and exercise. This procedure can also benefit older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity.

Tummy tucks are particularly useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to consider postponing this procedure until after they are finished having children.

We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens and sags after a substantial weight loss.

Customized Treatment for Optimal Cosmetic Results

Under Dr. Weiss’ care, every patient receives a completely customized treatment plan that takes into account their specific goals and what they would like to achieve with a tummy tuck procedure.  Dr. Weiss is well-known for his caring and attentive manner and listens to what his patients have to say.  Rather than performing a one-size-fits-all procedure on every person, Dr. Weiss personally examines and consults with each patient along every step of the way.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Tummy tucks take approximately two to four hours and are performed under general anesthesia. This procedure may be performed on an in-patient or outpatient basis, depending on the complexity of your surgery and Dr. Weiss’ recommendation.

Dr. Weiss will make two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone close to the pubic area, and another around the navel. He will separate the skin from the abdominal muscles, which are then pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. The skin flap is then stretched down and over the newly tightened muscles, excess skin is removed, and the navel is reattached in a natural position. Finally, Dr. Weiss will close the incisions and apply surgical dressings over the sutured areas.

Sometimes, Dr. Weiss will combine tummy tuck with other procedures, such as liposuction or breast surgery, to enhance the results.

Recovery after Tummy Tuck

After surgery, compression garments are worn and a temporary tube may be inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. You should limit strenuous activities for at least six weeks, and may need to take off from work for up to two to three weeks. Dr. Weiss will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery. Following these instructions can help speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of any post-surgery complications.

Tummy Tuck Results

A tummy tuck leaves patients with a flatter, more toned abdominal area that fits the natural contours of your body. It can improve a patient’s appearance and confidence by helping them look and feel younger and slimmer. The results of this procedure are visible right away and will continue to improve. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. Scars will fade with time, leaving your stomach sleeker and more defined than ever before.

A tummy tuck will leave a scar spanning the lower abdomen from hip to hip. Dr. Weiss is very careful to make the incision low enough for even a bikini to conceal the scar.

Patients who have had previous abdominal surgery should know that their old scars could be raised, stretched or generally more noticeable after the tummy tuck procedure. A scar revision procedure after a tummy tuck can help minimize the appearance of unsightly scars.

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