If you were recently pregnant or experienced extreme weight loss, you may want to remove fat and tighten loose, sagging, or projecting skin around the lower abdomen with a tummy tuck. Wisconsin men and women choose Rucker MD Plastic Surgery Clinic to address a wide variety of cosmetic issue. A tummy tuck restores abdominal appearance, resulting in a smoother, flatter abdomen. Results may also be enhanced by liposuction, thigh lifts, and a breast lift or augmentation.
The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure helps to flatten your abdomen by removing excess skin and fatty tissue that dieting and exercise often fail to target. This procedure is suitable for men and women with good overall health. A tummy tuck should not be confused with liposuction (the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits), although your surgeon may also elect to perform liposuction to improve the overall results.
When considering a tummy tuck, Wisconsin patients should consult with Dr. Rucker to determine if it is the right procedure for their situations. Good candidates for tummy tuck are women who have had muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies and persons who were obese at one point and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin around the abdomen.
If you're a mother, but are still planning to have more children, you may want to wait on a tummy tuck until you are through bearing children. If you're currently on a diet, it's best to wait until you've reached and maintained your desired weight.
Your surgeon will perform an examination, discuss your desired results, and tell you the anticipated outcome. Depending on the extent of the surgery, and the desired results, this surgery may take anywhere from 1-2 hours. The complexity is dependent upon the amount of excess tissue you have in the lower abdominal wall. Most patients will receive a general anesthetic. There are several options for a tummy tuck.
Complete abdominoplasty. the incision is made in the lower abdominal wall area, from hipbone to hipbone. The excess tissues beneath the umbilicus (belly button) are subsequently removed and the scar is hidden beneath the panty line.
Belt abdominoplasty is for patients who have usually lost a considerable amount of weight. Often, the laxity of the skin and fatty tissues occurs not just on the front of the abdomen, but also around the back. This requires a circumferential excision (removal) of these tissues to get the overall best result.
Partial or mini abdominoplasty is often performed on patients whose fat deposits are located in a very small area beneath the belly button. This procedure can be done in the office with local IV sedation.
If you are a smoker, you will have to stop completely for a period of time to be determined by your doctor. Smoking can lead to improper wound healing. It's also important to eat a well-balanced diet, as nutrition plays a key role in the healing process. Your physician will discuss the medications that you are currently taking and whether these would cause complications during or after surgery.
In the approximately 1,000 procedures that I have performed, most patients rate the initial pain level at 3 to 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. After surgery, all patients should expect some minor discomfort for at least a week, though swelling may occur for 2-5 months. You may experience some numbness and bruising over the treated areas. The numbness will resolve between 2-6 months after your operation. With any surgery there are risks, and the most common are infection, excessive scarring, and skin loss.
Insurance carriers generally do not cover elective cosmetic surgery, but your carrier may consider coverage of a certain percentage. If you have a hernia, for example, that can be corrected during this procedure, you might get some help from your insurance. You should discuss this with your surgeon during your initial consultation.
The majority of my patients love their look after this procedure; however, one must realize that this is an ‘invasive surgery,’ and full recovery takes awhile. Most patients may return to office work within two weeks, and heavy lifting is generally acceptable after 3-5 weeks. Because the body has been under tremendous stress, both emotionally and physically, it is very important that you follow all of your surgeon's instructions following a tummy tuck. Wisconsin is proud to have an office like Rucker MD Plastic Surgery Clinic in state. Take advantage. Call today to schedule an appointment.