Age, pregnancy, or other factors can cause the belly to pooch outward and result in sagging skin or fat pockets. Because the abdomen is designed to store fat, it can be quite challenging to slim and tone the area, because diet and exercise alone cannot effectively address loose skin and contour the abdomen. A tummy tuck with Dr. Sajan addresses these concerns to achieve a smooth, tight abdominal contour.
What is a tummy tuck?
Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure performed to tighten and sculpt the abdomen by removing small pockets of unwanted fat and loose skin, and tightening connective tissues and muscles to effectively flatten, firm, and shape the waistline.
What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck provides many benefits for patients who want to contour their waistline, including:
- A flatter, tighter abdomen
- A slimmer, more shapely waistline
- Weakened or separated muscles are surgically tightened
- Achieves abdominal support to help alleviate back pain and firm posture
- 2-10 pounds of excess skin can be removed
- Stretch marks in the treatment area are eliminated
- Reduces urinary incontinence
- Helps to reduce the chance of other diseases, such as heart, gallbladder, and diabetes
What are the details of a tummy tuck surgical procedure?
To begin, you will go under general anesthesia. Once this has taken effect, Dr. Sajan will make an incision across the lower abdomen. The incision is made between the hips at the level of the pubic hair to allow the scar to be easily hidden by underwear or a bathing suit.
Dr. Sajan will then remove excess fat and tighten the muscles and connective tissues with strong sutures. During this step, patients may also opt to have liposuction, which involves further toning and removal of more unwanted fat that may have built up in the abdominal area.
Once the underlying area is tightened and contoured, Dr. Sajan will pull the skin downward and secure it firmly. He will remove loose excess skin to achieve a tight, firm shape, and reposition the navel. He will close the incision with biological glues or absorbable sutures.
Recovery after a tummy tuck
You will be able to return home with a friend or family member after your tummy tuck. You will have a compression dressing around your abdomen to help minimize swelling and to protect your surgical incision as you heal. It is important to wear this bandage for one or two weeks.
Downtime will be two weeks as you rest and recover. During the time you’re recuperating, we encourage you to walk with assistance between periods of rest to promote healthy blood circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots.
It will take six weeks before you are cleared for exercise or any strenuous activity or lifting objects over five pounds. It will take 3-6 months for the swelling to fully subside.
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
Patients who would like to shape, slim, and contour the abdominal area are typically candidates for a tummy tuck. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:
- Are generally in good health with no major medical concerns
- Do not smoke
- Have weakened or separated stomach muscles after childbirth or due to other factors
- Have loose abdominal skin
- Have stubborn fat pockets in the abdominal area
- Are at a stable, maintainable weight
- Have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with a tummy tuck
Why choose Dr. Sajan for a tummy tuck?
Dr. Javad Sajan is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has earned a reputation as a leading international authority and expert in the field of plastic surgery with a reputation for excellence, who is known as a leading international expert in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Sajan specializes in body procedures, including tummy tucks and liposuction. He is a compassionate, understanding and dedicated surgeon whose beautiful results make him an ideal choice for patients who would like to sculpt and contour their figure.
When can I return to work after a tummy tuck?
Patients typically need about two weeks of downtime before returning to sedentary work.
Will tummy tuck surgery help me lose fat?
If liposuction is performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck, patients can safely lose up to 11 pounds of combined abdominal fat and excess skin.
How soon can I have a tummy tuck after childbirth?
Wait at least six months after your child is born to have a tummy tuck surgery. This gives the abdominal tissues a chance to heal fully before surgery.
Can you get rid of stretch marks with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck can permanently remove the stretch marks between your bikini line and your belly button, while stretch marks higher on the abdomen will be pulled downward.