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Is A Tummy Tuck Surgery Right For Me?
A tummy tuck is a procedure that helps smooth the stomach and abdomen for a sleeker and firmer appearance. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck procedure reshapes the abdominal profile by removing loose, sagging and/or protruding fat and skin. The surgery also helps strengthen muscles in the abdominal area that have become weak or separated. Liposuction to the flank area is also included with the tummy tuck to help reduce love handles. Excess skin and fat in the abdomen can be caused by the natural aging process, family history, pregnancy, or fluctuations in weight.
Tummy tucks should not be used as a substitute for traditional exercise or dieting. Candidates for an abdominoplasty should have realistic surgery goals and maintain a consistent body weight. For the best results, patients are encouraged to postpone the procedure if they are planning on future pregnancies or dramatic weight loss. Swelling usually lasts 1 to 2 weeks after the tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Stacy L. Peterson, MD will give you specific care instructions for your recovery period.
Wichita’s Experienced & Certified Tummy Tuck Surgeon
Dr. Peterson is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is recognized by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. With a long-standing practice in Wichita, KS, Dr. Peterson has the experience and credentials necessary to give you the quality care you deserve: Member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Voted Best Doctors 2011-2015 by Wichita Business Journal
To learn more about the benefits of a tummy tuck procedure, please contact Dr. Stacy L. Peterson, MD, our Wichita plastic surgeon. Recognized as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Peterson has the experience and credentials necessary to provide the quality care and results you deserve. With a long-standing practice in Wichita, KS, Dr. Peterson was voted as one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in Wichita for 2013 and 2014.
Please call our friendly staff at 316-265-1441 so we can discuss your tummy tuck surgery options in more detail with our Wichita plastic surgeon. We look forward to answering all your questions!
Read More About Tummy Tuck Surgery Below
The first step: Choose a surgeon you can trust[+]
Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. A doctor’s board certification is one of the best indicators of his or her training. Ask for certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS), the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. To be ABPS board-certified, a physician must meet these rigorous standards:
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete at least five years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of two years of plastic surgery residency training
- Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Members must:
- Be certified by the ABPS or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
- Complete continuing medical education including patient safety each year
- Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed or
- Medicare-certified surgical facilities
Enhancing your appearance with a tummy tuck[+]
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
- Significant fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
What it won’t do:
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck. Also, a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally those treated areas below the belly button.
Is it right for me?
Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a non-smoker
- You are bothered by the feeling that your tummy is too large
What to expect during your consultation[+]
The success and safety of your facelift depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Previous surgeries
Your surgeon may also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Discuss the options available to you for facelift and facial rejuvenation
- Examine and measure your face
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of a facelift and any risks of potential complications
- Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used
Preparing for surgery[+]
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing or medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Special instructions you receive will cover:
- What to do on the night before and morning of surgery
- The use of anesthesia during your face lift
- Post-operative care and follow-up
Important facts about the safety and risks of abdominoplasty[+]
The decision to have a tummy tuck surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail and risks associated with the surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.
Possible risks of abdominoplasty include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Fluid accumulation
- Poor wound healing
- Skin loss
- Blood clots
- Numbness or other changes in the skin sensation
- Anesthesia risks
- Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Major wound separation
- Recurrent looseness of skin
- Pain, which may persist
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Persistent swelling in the legs
- Nerve damage
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- Suboptimal aesthetic result
What happens during tummy tuck surgery?[+]
Step 1 — Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 — The incision
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Step 3 — Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
Step 4 — See the results
Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.
Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
- When will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
Words to know[+]
Abdominoplasty: A surgical procedure to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen.
Diastasis: Condition in which abdominal muscles have separated.
General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.
Local anesthesia: A drug is injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
Tummy tuck: A surgical procedure to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen.