More commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is effective at eliminating excess fat and skin from the abdomen area. This procedure is often pursued following pregnancy or significant weight loss but is also beneficial for those who have been unable to reduce stubborn fat pockets or tighten loose and sagging abdominal skin using diet and exercise.
To ensure optimal, natural-looking results from your abdominoplasty, look to an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, who has performed countless successful tummy tucks on patients throughout the Midwest.
You may be an excellent candidate for abdominoplasty if you:
- Have excess fat tissue and/or skin around your midsection
- Are physically healthy
- Are relatively close to your ideal weight
- Are a non-smoker
- Have finished having children
The first step in abdominoplasty is a consultation with Dr. Abdullah, who will perform a physical examination and gather information about your medical history. He will verify that you are in good health and inquire about your expectations of surgery to determine if they are reasonable and realistic. While Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed information abdominoplasty, you should be prepared to ask any questions you may have. If he determines that abdominoplasty is an appropriate solution for your goals, Dr. Abdullah will develop a customized a treatment plan. In some cases, he may suggest alternative procedures that are more likely to help you meet your goals.
An abdominoplasty begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. Dr. Abdullah will then make a horizontal incision just above the pubic bone that may extend between the hip bones. This allows him to lift the abdominal skin and access the underlying abdominal muscles for tightening and the removal of excess fat tissue. In most cases, the belly button will need to be repositioned and excess skin removed before the incision is finally sutured.
Most abdominoplasties are performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to rest and recover in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed aftercare instructions, as well as options for pain control. In addition, he will provide contact information for he and his staff in the event that questions or concerns arise. Within several days, you will have your first follow-up appointment with him.
During your recovery, you should rest and relax at home, drink plenty of fluids and eat light meals. You should arrange for someone to stay with you the first night after surgery, as you may feel groggy from the anesthesia. In most cases, a compression garment must be worn to minimize swelling while supporting the abdomen as it heals.
Most abdominoplasty patients are able to return to work within 3 to 4 weeks of surgery, depending on the nature of their job.