No-Drain Tummy Tuck is the most advanced method to remove excess tummy skin and belly fat. The tummy tuck is a very common cosmetic procedure. It is known more formally as an abdominoplasty.
The tummy tuck, which can go as far as a tummy tuck belt Lipectomy, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in Boca Raton, South Florida and Fort Lauderdale. Recent advances allow [liv] Plastic Surgery surgeons to reduce the thickness of the tummy skin with Vaser® Liposuction followed by tightening of the stomach muscles and removal of extra redundant skin keeping the incisions in the bathing suit or tan lines. The vast majority of patients may now have the procedure done without placement of a drain tube. We call this the [liv] Free No-Drain Tummy Tuck. Performed nowadays as an outpatient operation under complete anesthesia, Tummy Tuck surgery corrects the visible signs of childbearing or significant weight loss.
What Is A Tummy Tuck For?
A tummy tuck isn’t meant to serve as a solution to obesity. Instead, it’s most common for people who have excess skin and fat that hang over the abdomen. The Tummy Tuck cost is affordable considering the dramatic change in appearance and the recovery time can take up to a month.
You should always consult with a board certified plastic surgeon and weigh the pro’s and con’s of the procedure before making any commitment. You’ll need to make sure you are a healthy candidate to receive the surgery.
A panniculectomy is very similar to a Tummy Tuck procedure. A pannus is simply an area of excess skin and tissue that hangs down from the abdomen over the waistline. This procedure can remove that pannus and help the patient return to their normal appearance. Panniculectomy does not address the abdominal muscles or skin, just the overhang.
What are the Benefits of Abdominoplasty?
- A firmer tighter abdomen and improved waistline – like doing 10,000 sit-ups in 10 minutes.
- Immediately fitting better in clothing.
- Feeling sexier and more confident.
Types Of Tummy Tucks/Abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck procedure where liposuction is performed and the incision can lie in the bathing suit tan line. The length of the incision depends on your anatomy primarily how much extra skin is hanging from the lower tummy. This procedure is also one part of the Mommy Makeover.
Partial or Mini Abdominoplasty
A Tummy Tuck operation where liposuction is performed but there is more relative fatty tissue than excess skin so the length of the incision can be minimized to just the length of the pubic area.
Used for patients with significant extra skin which often occurs after massive weight loss due to gastric bypass or gastric sleeve operations, this procedure requires an incision that travels completely around the waistline. Often this operation is combined in a staged manner with other skin reducing operations such as Breast Lift/Reduction, Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) and Thigh Lift. Drains are typically required for these extensive operations.
As with any cosmetic procedure, several variations have surfaced over the years. The cost of a Tummy Tuck is greatly influenced by the exact procedure you use. Some of these procedures only tackle certain areas of fat and skin. Others utilize different types of technology to assist the surgeon. It’s important to consider the type of procedure when calculating the abdominoplasty cost. Dr. Ress and his team of board certified plastic surgeons can help you determine the best option for you.
The most commonly performed procedure is the traditional abdominoplasty. The specifics of this procedure were covered in earlier paragraphs. Two incisions are made, fat is removed, muscles are tightened, skin is trimmed, and then the incisions are stitched back together.
Another very common variation of this procedure is the mini tummy tuck. If you want to cut down on the cost of the procedure, then scheduling one of these targeted sessions is a good idea. However, it is best suited for patients who are within ten percent of their ideal weight. Unlike the traditional operation, this one only requires a single incision and there is no repositioning of the navel.
This partial abdominoplasty doesn’t have quite the same impact on the shape and appearance of the abdomen, but it still helps remove fat and skin in the area. It also requires a much shorter recovery time that the traditional operation. If you are looking for something a little less serious and little more affordable, then this is a great option.
A circumferential Tummy Tuck is a procedure most often used on patients who have recently lost a lot of weight. When the weight loss is so high that sagging skin remains, it can become very unsightly. In many cases, the extreme weight loss is from gastric banding or bypass surgery. This type of Tummy Tuck targets this excess skin so that the patient can return to their normal appearance.
Who Is A Candidate For Abdominoplasty Surgery?
You are likely a candidate for abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck if you have:
- Sagging skin on the lower portion of the stomach or upper part that goes over the navel
- Stretched abdominal muscles with protrusion of the abdomen due to prior pregnancy
- Flabby love handles that won’t go away
- Had a gastric bypass or other weight loss surgery
Before, During, And After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck surgery typically results in major improvement in a person’s appearance and an almost immediate ability to fit better in clothes. Patients report significant improvement in self-esteem, energy and sexuality. Due to the major amount of improvement obtainable, the downtime after surgery can be expected to be at least one to two weeks. [liv] Plastic Surgery has great experience with these type of abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck procedures.
The actual Tummy Tuck surgery is fairly simple. It usually only requires two incisions. First, a single incision that is made across the lower abdomen and stretches from one hip bone to the other. A second incision is required to help free the navel from any of the tissue that surrounds it. The latest form of Tummy Tuck eliminates the need for a surgical drain tube. This is called a No-Drain Tummy Tuck. Also a new development is Dr. Ress is able to perform liposuction at the same time as Tummy Tuck. This is called a lipo-abdominoplasty.
Vaser® Liposuction is performed first. Then the incisions are made, the skin is separate from the rib cage and the abdominal muscles are revealed. Stomach muscles can then be pulled together and tightened to form a firmer abdominal appearance. This is used to help complement the slim waistline that comes from the Tummy Tuck. The surgeon will also remove any additional fatty deposits that are in the way. Imagine doing 10,000 sit-ups in ten minutes!
After this work is done, the skin is pulled tight and any excess skin is trimmed off. Finally, the skin is sewn back in place and bandages are used to support the abdomen as it heals. Overall, the procedure may take up to five hours, but it usually requires less time than this.
The Tummy Tuck recovery time is fairly short considering the extent of the procedure. Recovery time usually takes up to two days in the clinic. After leaving the clinic, it can take up to four weeks of rest to fully recovery. You can expect to be out of commission during the time of recovery. After all, this is a very serious surgical procedure. Don’t expect to be running any marathons or swimming at the beach until you’ve recovered.
Prior to surgery, you will need to make certain that you are an eligible candidate for the procedure. Not everyone is healthy enough to undergo the surgery. The best way to determine if you are an eligible candidate is to discuss the procedure with the surgeon. Outline any health problems that you might have as they will determine if you are healthy enough for office surgery or at a local hospital.
During your complimentary consultation, your [liv] plastic surgeon will determine which types of body contouring methods suit you best. A complete medical history will be taken as well as a physical exam.
Patients over age 40 or with a history of gastric sleeve or bypass surgery will require a preoperative medical screening exam and a full nutritional evaluation. All your questions will be answered in great detail.