Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
When you want to flatten your tummy and remove extra skin.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Physical appearance is one measure of our health and it often affects our self-esteem. A flat stomach is one of the most desired attributes. Unfortunately for some, no diet or exercise can reduce sagging or excess skin and bulge of the abdomen. Sometimes events such as pregnancy or weight gain, followed by weight loss cause the skin and sometimes the underlying muscles to stretch to an extent that they never return to their original shape. Abdominoplasty can restructure the area from the lower rib cage to the bikini area by removing the excess skin and fat and flattening of the abdominal muscles. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and narrow the waistline.
An incision in the shape of a “w” is made horizontally along the lower abdomen. The length of the scar depends on how much excess skin needs to be removed. An incision around the navel will be made allowing it to stay in the same location after the procedure and allow the maximum amount of skin to be excised. Excess fat is then removed and the tissue holding the muscle in place is tightened. In other cases, a mini abdominoplasty can be performed with a smaller incision and a shorter recovery period. Dr. Kulick can place the incision so most bathing suits may conceal it. He may also be able to incorporate previous scars, like those from a caesarean childbirth, into the incision he makes.
For your ultimate comfort, you may choose to spend one night in the hospital after your tummy tuck. When you return home, it is important to follow the post-Abdominoplasty surgery instructions given to you. Our Patient Care Coordinator will call you regularly to check on your progress, answer your immediate questions and schedule your postoperative appointment with Dr. Kulick. Every patient varies in the rate of healing. In the first week or two you will be moving slowly and shortly thereafter, you will have an increase in your stamina.
Patients will normally wear a compression garment for four to six weeks. In the next few weeks your Abdominoplasty results will begin to take shape and you will enjoy your narrower waistline and flatter abdomen.
To learn more about Tummy Tuck procedure, call our office to attend one of Dr. Kulick’s lectures..more