Can Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery do my Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Yes. Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery located in South Euclid, Ohio at 1611 South Green Road, Suite 238, South Euclid, Ohio, 44121, US under Dr. Robert T. Stroup, M.D., FACS offers abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck.  A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.  This procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal.  Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.  If you feel that you desire to have a flatter abdomen and desire to look more attractive in your slacks and form-fitting clothes then a Tummy Tuck may be the procedure for you.

The Ideal Candidates for a tummy tuck are:

  • Patients seeking abdominal wall contouring who are not good candidates for liposuction.
  • Patients with sagging loose abdominal skin.
  • Patients with weakened, stretched abdominal wall muscles subsequent to pregnancy.
  • Patients in good general health who are non-smokers.
  • Patients who have had dramatic weight loss and resultant loose skin.
  • Patients with realistic expectations.

Complete tummy tuck surgery usually takes two to three hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial tummy tucks, or a mini-abdominoplasty, may take an hour or two.  Most commonly, Dr. Stroup will make an incision low along the lower abdominal crease just above the pubic area. With a mini tummy tuck, the incision is shorter and the belly button is not moved, however, excess skin above the belly button is not tightened.

The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. A new hole is cut for the belly button, which is then stitched in place.  Finally, the incision will be carefully closed in multiple layers to minimize scar formation, dressing will be applied, and a temporary drainage tube will be inserted to remove excess fluid from the surgical site.  The type of anesthesia used for tummy tucks is a general anesthesia.

The scar usually takes six to twelve months before the final appearance. The good news is that the primary scar is easy to hide under all types of underwear and most one and two piece bathing suits.

Tummy tucks can get rid of some stretch marks depending on their location. All stretch marks and scars below the belly button will be completely removed after surgery. Any stretch marks located above the belly button will be transferred to a much lower position on the abdomen.

A return to light, non-strenuous work is permitted usually within two weeks following tummy tuck surgery. In six to eight weeks, patients may return to aerobic workouts and weight lifting. More moderate forms of exercise, such as walking, low intensity treadmill and elliptical exercise are permitted earlier.

All sutures are dissolvable and under the skin. You will have small tapes on the skin incisions. You should expect some bruising and swelling after surgery, but this will subside over time.

Unfortunately, you can expect to experience some pain after the surgery as well. Take your pain medication as recommended. Your abdominal skin may be numb at first, but you will typically regain more sensation over the next few months.

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