Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, removes troublesome fatty tissue and excess skin via excision and liposuction techniques. Hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can alter the appearance of the abdomen, resulting in displeasing skin laxity. These factors can also cause the body to accumulate fat deposits in and around the midsection. Excess skin and stubborn fat that resist even the most dedicated diet and exercise regimens can be frustrating. Tummy tuck surgery restores the midsection and produces optimal results by sculpting and tightening the abdominal area. Dr. Matt Goldschmidt performs tummy tuck surgery in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, delivering dramatic and personalized body contouring results to his patients.
The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Patients are advised to quit using tobacco products for six weeks before and after their scheduled surgery to minimize the risk of complications. Tummy tuck surgery may benefit patients who can relate to any of the following conditions:
- Abdominal skin laxity
- Rectus muscle weakness
- Localized pockets of fat around the midsection
Tummy Tuck Options
Tummy tuck surgery is a customizable procedure that can address several cosmetic abdominal concerns. Dr. Goldschmidt offers both full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgeries. Either technique can be combined with liposuction, depending on a patient’s individual needs and goals.
- Full Tummy Tuck
- A full tummy tuck requires an incision from hip-to-hip along the pubic area
- A secondary incision is usually placed around the navel
- Excess abdominal tissue is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened
- Rectus muscles may be repaired using this technique
- Mini Tummy Tuck
- A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter incision than a full tummy tuck
- Less skin is excised during this procedure
- Addresses cosmetic concerns that lie below the navel
- Liposuction provides additional body contouring effects
- Can target stubborn fat in the hips, flanks, and abdomen
- Both tumescent and ultrasonic techniques are offered
Tummy tuck surgery typically requires the use of general anesthesia. This outpatient procedure can last between one and three hours, depending on the extent of correction a patient needs and which surgical techniques are used. During your initial consultation, Dr. Goldschmidt will develop a unique surgical plan that reflects your cosmetic desires and anatomical needs.
You may experience moderate pain during the first few days after surgery. Any discomfort can be managed using medication as prescribed by Dr. Goldschmidt. During your first week of recovery, you must wear an abdominal binder around your waist at all times and remain in a bent position. You must then wear the binder as much as possible for the following three to four weeks. Any drains that are inserted during the procedure will be removed usually within the first week or so. Most patients can resume working after two weeks, as long as their job is not physically laborious. Before your procedure, you will receive thorough aftercare instructions that will include a timeline of your postoperative limitations.
The outcome of the procedure will continue to improve as the incisions heal, the body adjusts to its new form, and the side effects subside. The incisions used during tummy tuck surgery are placed in discreet locations that can be concealed with clothing. The incision used for a mini tummy tuck is shorter than that of a full tummy tuck, but both are created along the bikini line. Any scars that develop tend to fade over time. The results of your tummy tuck are considered permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, do not gain significant weight, and do not become pregnant after the procedure.
Patients rarely experience difficulties following their tummy tuck procedure. However, all surgeries come with risks. Some of the possible complications that will be discussed during your consultation include:
- Bleeding or hematoma
- Prolonged swelling
- Changes in sensation at the treatment site