What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck – also known as abdominoplasty – removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened and separated muscles. One of the results you can expect to see in most cases is an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

Sometimes exercise and weight control are not enough to achieve a flat and well-toned abdomen. This is where a tummy tuck can effectively take care of that for you.

That said, a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle. Although the results are technically permanent, the outcome can be diminished by severe fluctuations in weight. If you are considering future pregnancies Dr. Mecham will advise against a tummy tuck until you are finished bearing children.

Consultation & preparing for the surgery

When meeting with Dr. Mecham will you discuss:

  • Surgical goals
  • Any medical conditions you may have
  • Allergies or past treatments
  • Current medications and supplements that you are taking
  • Any previous surgeries

During your consultation Dr. Mecham will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status
  • Examine your body and take detailed measurements
  • Take photos for your records
  • Discuss liposuction options for you
  • Discuss any likely outcomes, as well as risks and potential complications

As with most other surgeries, you may be asked to complete some lab tests or a medical evaluation, be counseled to take certain medications and avoid others such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs as well as some herbal supplements that can increase bleeding.

The Procedure

Step 1: Anesthesia
For your comfort, medications are administered during the course of the surgery. Choices can include IV sedation and general anesthesia.
Step 2: Tummy tuck incision
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. Once this incision is made and the abdominal skin lifted, Dr. Mecham will work to repair the weakened abdominal muscles. In some instances, a second incision around the belly button is created to remove any excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Step 3: Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesive tapes, or clips will be used to close the tummy tuck incision.

Recovery and Results

There will be swelling initially, but as it goes down the results will be very noticeable. Within one to two weeks you should be able to stand tall and be confident in your new slimmer profile.

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