Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty

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A tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and navel.

 

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Weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed.

 

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Dr. Alfaro draws underlying muscle and tissue together and stitches them, narrowing the waistline and strengthening the abdominal wall.

 

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A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

 

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After surgery, you'll have a flatter, trimmer abdomen. Scars are permanent, but fade with time.

A tummy tuck can help you achieve a more slender figure after weight loss or pregnancy. Patients who are now slimmer but deal with loose skin around the midsection may be prime candidates for a tummy tuck here in Tucson.

The surgery works by removing loose skin and tissue from the abdomen, while repairing the stretched abdominal muscles.

What to Expect During a Tummy Tuck

What is it?

A procedure that removes excess tissues and skin from around your midsection, creating a more taut and toned abdomen.

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient

Surgery time:

2-5 hours

Recovery time:

2-3 weeks

How a Tummy Tuck Works

Tummy tuck are performed with a general anesthetic, so you sleep through the procedure. To begin, Dr. Alfaro will make careful incisions across your lower midsection, taking care to hide them beneath the bikini line and within the pubic hair line. Dr. Alfaro will work to remove any loose tissues that contribute to the sagging look of your abdomen. He will then tighten the remaining abdominal muscles and tissues, helping to create a more toned appearance.

If necessary, Dr. Alfaro may also use liposuction to remove any small fat deposits that have not responded to diet and exercise. This will be achieved using a thin tube called a cannula that is attached to a vacuum-like device.

Once the tissues have been tightened and the pockets of fat eradicated, Dr. Alfaro will pull the skin taut and close the incision with sutures. A surgical dressing will then be applied. Additionally, a compression garment will be placed around your midsection to promote skin tightening and maintain the new contour. Most patients are advised to wear this garment for several weeks.

After Surgery

When you leave our Tucson surgery practice, you will need a ride home and help around your home for several days. Your activity will be limited for a few days, but Dr. Alfaro will advise you to walk (ambulate) around within one day.

Swelling and discomfort are common during this initial healing period. To control discomfort, Dr. Alfaro may prescribe pain medication.

About one week after your surgery, you will return to Dr. Alfaro to have your sutures removed. You will, however, need to continue wearing the compression garment for a few more weeks.

As long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise, the results of your tummy tuck should be long-lasting.

Tummy Tuck FAQ

Can a tummy tuck help me lose weight?

Body contouring procedures, including the tummy tuck, are not weight loss methods. They are completed after weight loss to improve body shape and contour.

Who's an ideal tummy tuck candidate?

Good candidates for tummy tuck are 1) healthy 2) at a stable body weight 3) non-smokers, 4) those with realistic expectations for the outcome.

How is a tummy tuck done?

A tummy tuck is an outpatient surgery that takes about two hours. The doctor will make two incisions across your lower abdomen, hidden beneath your bikini line. The excess skin between the incisions will be lifted or removed and the incisions will then be sutured closed. A surgical dressing and a compression garment is then applied.

What is recovery like after tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is an extensive procedudure. After surgery, you will need to limit activities like exercise for a few weeks. You will be advised to walk shortly after surgery. Prescription medication can help manage discomfort you may experience.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with other body contouring procedures?

Liposuction is often performed at the same time as a tummy tuck. By incorporating liposuction, the doctor is able to further improve contours of the lower body. Patients who have achieved massive weight loss may also undergo additional body contouring procedures for lifting the breasts, thighs, buttocks and upper arms.

What are the risks of tummy tuck surgery?

Possible complications include scarring, bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, skin loss, blood clots, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, anesthesia risks, skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis), major wound separation, asymmetry, recurrent looseness of skin, pain, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, persistent swelling in the legs, need for revision surgery, and suboptimal aesthetic result.

Scheduling Your Tummy Tuck in Tucson

To learn more about contouring your midsection with a tummy tuck, we encourage you to contact Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro. He and his staff are eager to hear from you. You can call the practice today at (520) 323-9720 for a consultation. Email us for more information.