Tummy Tuck for Salt Lake City Utah
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” is a procedure designed to tighten sagging belly skin. That sagging belly may result from weak abdominal muscles, or excess skin from weight gain or pregnancy. Pregnancy often will split the abdominal muscles to accommodate the growing baby. Both pregnancy and weight gain can stretch the skin the abdomen area. No amount of diet or exercise can remove excess skin. No lasers or products can make a significant difference in tightening stretched or hanging skin. A tummy tuck is really the gold standard in removing skin and fat while also contouring the waistline.
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With a tummy tuck, the abdominal wall muscles are tightened with sutures. Split muscles are sewn back into the right place. Excess fatty tissue and skin are removed to improve the body contour. The goal is a narrower, flatter tummy. With tummy tucks, realistic expectations are important. Having a tummy tuck is not a substitute for proper exercise and dieting. As with any plastic surgery procedure, you will get the best results when you are close to your goal weight. That does not mean that you need to be in perfect shape in order to be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. However, for best results your should be ideally within 15 pounds of where you want to be. Salt Lake City’s Dr. Petersen considers age, obesity and smoking habits when evaluating a candidate for this procedure.
Salt Lake City’s Dr. Petersen considers age, obesity and smoking habits when evaluating a candidate for this procedure.
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Before the Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. Petersen will take a complete medical history and conduct a careful examination to evaluate your general, overall health. Ideally, the tummy tuck patient who visits our Salt Lake City office has few health problems, and wishes only to remove an excess deposit of fat or loose abdominal skin. Patients on a weight-loss plan should be close to their target weight before having the operation. Women planning future pregnancies should delay abdominoplasty, as pregnancy may promote further skin stretching.
To help you see your progress, photographs will be taken before and after surgery. Antibiotics will be prescribed prior to surgery to prevent infection. To minimize the possibility of excess bleeding, you will need to avoid taking drugs containing aspirin. Medicines like Ibuprofen, Advil, Excedrin and other medications like them thin the blood. Thinner blood has a harder time clotting and can make it easier to bleed after surgery.
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Abdominoplasty is performed using general anesthesia. The surgery may take 2-5 hours, depending on your overall condition. Unless there are health conditions that would require your tummy tuck to be performed in the hospital, your tummy tuck will be done in our AAAASF certified operating suite. You will go home the same day. The tummy tuck procedure is most commonly performed by making a U-shaped incision below one hipbone, across the pubic area and under the other hipbone. A second incision is made around the navel. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall and lifted up to the hipbone, exposing loose tissue covering the abdominal muscle. Loose, stretched out muscles are tightened with sutures, and excess skin and fat are removed. The skin is lowered over the abdomen and the navel is reconstructed. The incisions are then sutured together. Drains are often inserted to eliminate fluid buildup.
Recovery: What to Expect
You may experience some discomfort immediately following your tummy tuck surgery that can be controlled with pain medication. Some swelling is normal and may last 6-8 weeks. You will be given special instructions for showering and changing your dressings. You may also be required to wear a support garment as many as 6 weeks. The speed of recovery depends on your physical condition prior to surgery. Those with stronger abdominal muscles usually recover faster.
Allow at least 1-2 weeks to recuperate before returning to work. Some scarring is also normal. It often takes 9-12 months before the scars begin to fade. You will be given instructions about what you can do to help your scars to fade. Though the recovery period is longer for a tummy tuck than other cosmetic procedures, the rewards are great for a patient who has wanted to change the contours of their waistline. Those who follow a proper exercise routine and healthy diet will benefit from abdominoplasty the most.
Call NuVista Plastic Surgery at 801.261.5791 today to schedule your consultation for your tummy tuck at our amazing Salt Lake City, Utah, facility.
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