We all want a flat stomach, but few of us actually have one. This is, even more, the case if you’ve had children or if you’ve gained and then lost a good deal of weight. In these situations, despite a good diet and rigorous exercise, the skin and underlying muscles of the abdomen have been stretched too far for too long. Now you’ve left with a loose, sagging tummy.
A tummy tuck with Dr. Reynolds can change the situation and your outlook.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, clinically known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin in the abdomen area and restores weakened or separated muscles, giving you a flatter, smoother, more contoured abdomen.
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Tummy tucks are focused on loose skin and separated stomach muscles. The best candidates for these procedures have loose, inelastic skin with some pockets of fat. They’ve tried changes in diet and exercise, but nothing seems to change. Most women after childbirth are good candidates.
Our patients for abdominoplasty usually fit either of these descriptions:
- Women who have had children — The localized weight gain of pregnancy isn’t kind to the lower abdomen. The skin has been stretched to a degree it can’t tighten back down to its former degree of tautness. There are often stretch marks. Also, underlying support muscles are often separated by the stretching, and they cannot return to the center of the stomach again without surgery.
- People who have gained and lost significant weight — While this weight wasn’t as localized as with pregnancy, those who’ve gained and lost weight often are left with loose, hanging stomach skin.
One important note — if you’re considering having additional children, Dr. Reynolds recommends waiting until childbirth is completed so that everything doesn’t get stretched again. The effects of pregnancy can negate the results of your tummy tuck. Also, people who plan to lose more than 20 pounds should delay their tummy tuck as the additional weight loss will create more loose skin. It’s important to remember that abdominoplasty is a body-contouring procedure, not a weight-loss procedure.
What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
What’s the benefit of having your former tight, contoured abdomen back? Women can become disillusioned by what pregnancy has wrought with their abdomen, and losing the sagging, loose skin can really change their body image. And for people who’ve lost a lot of weight, it’s depressing to now be left with hanging skin. This surgery with Dr. Reynolds changes all of that, and by repositioning separated stomach muscles it can actually slim the patient’s waistline.
About those separated rectus stomach muscles, they cannot come back to the center of the stomach without surgical repositioning. Once back in place, they can be strengthened with exercise, where before you felt there was nothing you could do about your saggy tummy.
Full tummy tuck
These procedures start with an incision made from hipbone to hipbone. The incision descends down toward the pubic hairline so that it can be effectively hidden by a bikini bottom or underwear. The shape and length of the incision are dependent on the amount of excess skin involved.
Full tummy tucks have a second incision at the belly button to remove excess skin on the upper abdomen. This is not always required and is based on the individual patient. After the incision(s) are made the upper abdominal skin is pulled away from the muscle beneath. The underlying muscles are pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. Fat pockets may be removed with minor liposuction at this point. The skin is then stretched down and over the newly tightened muscles, excess skin is trimmed, and the navel is moved to a new, natural position. The incisions are then closed. Dr. Reynolds does a great job of making the belly button look very natural and small and hidden without any suture marks.
Mini tummy tuck
Here, the patient doesn’t have the same amount of sagging skin, and the upper abdomen isn’t a problem. The incision made by Dr. Reynolds is shorter and the skin is only lifted to the navel area and the navel remains in place. A mini tuck is ideal for patients who don’t have large amounts of loose skin, and whose muscle strength is still relatively strong. Unfortunately this is not the best option for most patients after childbirth
Extended tummy tuck
For those who’ve lost a large amount of weight, a tummy tuck can be extended. The incision passes the hipbones and extends around the flanks. This allows Dr. Reynolds to address the flanks and even the buttocks, in addition to the abdomen. These also include the upper incision at the navel.
TUmmy Tuck Before & After
What is recovery like after a tummy tuck surgery?
The degree of recovery correlates somewhat to the type of tuck you’ve had. However, tummy tucks are major surgeries and involve a long incision, a good deal of tissue excision, and muscle repositioning. This creates tissue trauma and requires recovery time. Patients will need to rest for at least two weeks and may need up to six weeks for more extensive tucks. You’ll need to arrange help around the house, as you won’t be able to lift more than about eight pounds. Any lifting of more weight or strenuous exercise will need to wait for at least six weeks. You will have soreness along your incisions for weeks, and this can stretch to months in some cases.
What will my results be after a tummy tuck Surgery?
It will take a bit to really see your results, due to your recovery. But this surgery with Dr. Reynolds will give you a flat tummy, as you had in your younger days. Pockets of excess fat will have been removed, and you’ll love your new look. These changes are permanent, as well. There will be some sagging as you age, as you would expect, but that should be relatively minimal. If you maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle, you should enjoy your new flat abdomen for the duration.
Are tummy tucks safe?
As with any surgery there are some risks. Some of the risks involved with Abdominoplasty are: bleeding, poor wound healing, infection, and reaction to anesthesia.
The incision usually heals well and fades over months and is hidden under the underwear or bikini. Dr. Reynolds positions the incision so the scar can be hidden under a bikini bottom or panties.
How much do tummy tucks cost?
The cost of these procedures varies depending on the type of tuck. Once Dr. Reynolds meets with you during your consultation, he can tell you what type of tuck he feels will work for you, and what the cost will entail.
Are tummy tucks covered by insurance?
Except in cases of extreme sagging, these are usually deemed cosmetic, elective surgery and insurance companies generally will not cover them.
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