Tummy Tuck

Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems.  In such cases, a patient may wish to consider a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty).  Our new out-patient suction abdominoplasty technique has many improvements over a "traditional abdominoplasty" and has resulted in a much quicker and easier recovery and eliminated the need for drains.  It shapes the abdomen better and is more gentle on the tissues. The tummy tuck operation is the surgical removal of excess skin and fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the repositioning of abdominal muscles into a tighter formation.  This bodily enhancement procedure is designed for those who wish to have a smaller, flatter, and tighter abdomen.  It is also helpful in remedying the separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis, which can occur following pregnancy or excess weight gain.  If the only problem with the stomach area is fatty fullness, and the msucles are in good position and there is no excess skin, then liposuction alone may be a better choice.  Dr. Reavie will help you decide which technique has the most to offer you. 

Reasons for Considering an Abdominoplasty:

  • Inability of dieting and exercise to improve the abdomen area.
  • Excessive accumulation of skin following weight loss.
  • Loss of skin elasticity or separation of abdominal muscles due to pregnancy or weight again.
  • The removal of unsightly skin and fat deposits as well as the proper alignment of the abdomen muscles to produce a more flattering look.

General Procedure

Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from two to three hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology.  With the new suction abdominoplasty, liposuction is first performed to reduce and sculpt the upper abdomen and preserve the lymphatic tissues in the lower abdomen.  An incision is then made just above the umbilicus (belly button.)  This incision goes transversely across the lower abdomen just long enough to include all the excess skin.   The excess lower abdominal skin and fat are then removed.  The abdominal muscle tissue is then tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline.  Finally, the incision is closed with the upper abdominal skin stretched down to place the scar as low as possible and bring the same belly button back up to the surface in the same location. 

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  The new suction abdominoplasty technique has a much faster recovery and patients are usually doing pretty well in a week.  The most sore part of the operation is the tightened muscles and a temporary pain pump can be placed at the time of surgery to diminish this discomfort.   Medication is prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure.  The stitches are usually disolving and the abdomen is examened in a week postoperatively.  Normal activities can generally be started within two weeks.  With proper diet and exercise the striking results of the surgery will be long lasting.