About Tummy Tuck Surgery
For both men and women, loose skin and pockets of fat within the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to get rid of it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the primary reasons why someone may not be able to reclaim a tighter and slimmer stomach. Skin tightening of the abdomen is a cosmetic surgery that redefines the stomach area, achieving amazing results for patients. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor performs abdominoplasty that is based on the individual's cosmetic goals. This popular surgery at RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA allows men and women the chance to have a redefined physique and more confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the stomach muscles before contacting us for your consultation.
Abdominoplasty can be offered to both women and men. If you battle loose or wrinkly skin, as well as pesky pockets of fat in the abdominal region, this body contouring procedure can help restore a tighter and slimmer physique. Dr. Sasmor advises you to be at a normal weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss — it addresses loose skin. Liposuction is generally implemented during surgery to remove fat and improve the overall results of your surgery. If your tummy section has healthy skin laxity, but you are still unhappy with how your tummy looks and feels even if diet and exercise have failed, you may be a better candidate for liposuction. Weight gain and pregnancy can compromise the results of your procedure.
Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are numerous surgical options to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Sasmor, which is tailored to the patient's current condition. For starters, the incision length is determined based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with an abundance of sagging skin may require a full tummy tuck. This abdominoplasty technique places the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just above the pubic region. Other patients who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling may be better suited for a less invasive technique. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty but will simply receive a shorter scar. Regardless of the method, all tummy tuck procedures at RiverSong Plastic Surgery involve the removal of hanging skin and excess fat .
What to Expect
When abdominoplasty surgery is completed, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to help control swelling. Standing upright and walking will be uncomfortable at first so plan on resting for several days with limited activity. Standing becomes easier once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision begins to heal. Most patients can generally resume a normal routine at around two weeks post-surgery. Exercise, such as walking can be resumed immediately, however excercise involving abdominal muscles will be resumed later, at closer to two months or when you are cleared by Dr. Sasmor. The abdomen will feel some discomfort and tightness, but you will feel healthy and much thinner as you proceed to a full recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will customize your unique treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs. She will be better able to estimate your costs as soon as the type of tummy tuck has been selected, what technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and more. To make sure you get beautiful results from a skilled plastic surgeon, RiverSong Plastic Surgery helps to make your tummy tuck easier to afford by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. At your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then, she can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is a good option if you want to fix issues in the upper and lower abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck is best if you only have concerns below your belly button, such as a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, as well as the hips and upper thighs.
What will my scars look like?
Incisions for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Sasmor makes the thinnest incisions possible to limit scars. She also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your incisions heal flat and blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Sasmor recommends that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients schedule other procedures in conjunction with their tummy tuck to see more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Sasmor, talk to her about your aesthetic goals so a personalized treatment plan can be developed that matches your desires. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift, breast lift or reduction, or several other areas for body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out abdomen that creates hanging and wrinkled skin. We know it can be a daily struggle — tummy tuck surgery is generally the key to overcome this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin on your abdomen, whether it is significant or not, tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Sasmor in Newburyport, MA can help you achieve the figure you dream of. Please contact RiverSong Plastic Surgery to learn more.