A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that creates a tighter and more toned abdomen. In the hands of an expert plastic surgeon like Richard Levin, MD, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a tummy tuck can do wonders for your physique and your confidence. If you’d like to explore this cosmetic surgery option in greater detail, call Lancaster Plastic Surgery or schedule an appointment online today.
A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery option that refines the contouring of your abdomen. That generally involves removing excess fat and skin and redraping your skin more tightly across your abdomen.
Men and women get tummy tucks for a variety of reasons. For some, a hereditary predisposition to carrying fat around the midsection creates an unflattering abdominal profile. Others are unhappy with the firmness and shape of their abdomen after significant weight fluctuations.
For women, pregnancy and childbirth can wreak havoc on abdominal tissues. A tummy tuck offers the chance to achieve dramatic improvements with one procedure.
Your tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia, so you won’t be awake or alert during the procedure. Dr. Levin begins by creating the incisions needed to access your abdominal tissue.
Most commonly, tummy tuck incisions are made low on the belly, along your pubic hairline. In some circumstances, the incisions are made within your belly button, leaving no visible scarring.
Next, Dr. Levin removes or redistributes abdominal fat to create a smoother profile using liposuction and possibly ultrasound. If your muscle tissue requires repair, Dr. Levin tightens and sutures those tissues together.
Your belly button will likely need to be repositioned to conform with the new contouring of your abdomen. Once he’s pleased with the overall shaping, Dr. Levin redrapes your skin across your abdomen, trims away any excess, and closes the incisions carefully.
Dr. Levin offers a number of variations on the traditional tummy tuck. A mini-abdominoplasty addresses a protruding lower abdomen, while a fleur de lis abdominoplasty helps create a more dramatic waistline.
Dr. Levin uses the patented Finesse Technique for abdominoplasty procedures. This approach minimizes bleeding during surgery and reduces scarring.
Dr. Levin provides full postoperative instructions before your surgery date. It’s important that you take time to prepare for recovery by asking for help around the house, scheduling time off from work, and arranging for someone else to handle strenuous tasks for a few weeks as you heal.
If you’re a smoker, the most impactful thing you can do to prepare for surgery is to find a smoking cessation program that works for you. Smoking affects your circulation and healing ability.
To learn more about what a tummy tuck can do for you, schedule a one-on-one consultation today, online or by phone.