A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to address the abdominal area. This involves tightening the underlying muscles, removing loose skin, and improving the overall contour. These concerns can arise due to pregnancy and childbirth, age, weight loss, or other factors. The procedure is often performed alone or can be combined with other procedures for optimal body contouring.
Patients might opt for a tummy tuck procedure if they experience:
- Changes to the abdominal area after pregnancy and childbirth
- Lax, hanging skin after a dramatic weight loss
- Poor abdominal contour due to aging or other factors
Candidates for the tummy tuck are those who want to restore and enhance their abdominal contour. It is important to remember that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. The tummy tuck can take some weight off by removing a significant amount of excess skin and tissue, however, the procedure should only be performed on patients who are within their ideal weight range. Being at a healthy weight prior to the procedure will also help ensure long-lasting results. While some amount of stubborn fat will be removed during the procedure, the tummy tuck mostly addresses loose skin and tissue. For stubborn fat removal, talk with Dr. Shaddix about combining liposuction techniques. The best candidates are those who are done having children, as a future pregnancy would reverse the efforts of a tummy tuck.
The tummy tuck is a highly customizable procedure, ensuring that your unique concerns are addressed with the least invasion possible. Because lax skin and hanging tissue can be present in a variety of degrees, Dr. Shaddix offers several different techniques depending on the extent of your concerns including:
A mini tummy tuck is the least invasive tummy tuck technique, suitable for patients with mild skin laxity and sagging. The procedure only addresses the tissue below the belly button, leaving the belly button and upper abdominal area in-tact. For this technique, one incision is made above the pubic area.
A full or traditional tummy tuck is the most common tummy tuck technique, addressing the lower and upper abdominal areas to remove moderate to severe amounts of excess skin and offering significant tissue tightening. During a full tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned after tightening. For this technique, an incision is made from hip to hip, with another around the belly button.
The extended tummy tuck is the most extensive technique, involving not only the upper and lower abdominal, but around to the sides and flanks as well. The extended tummy tuck is an effective solution for patients with severe abdominal laxity that extends to the sides, flanks, and back. This requires an incision that goes around each hip as well as a round incision around the belly button for repositioning. Liposuction techniques are often utilized during the extended tummy tuck, removing pockets of stubborn fat from the tummy and flanks.
Dr. Shaddix is AMAZING. He has the best bedside manner ever. I had a tummy tuck yesterday and he has answered all my questions. The surgical team was amazing. If I was to have anything else done I would 200% go back to him and I have recommended him already to people”READ PATIENT REVIEWS
Dr. Shaddix performs the tummy tuck procedure with the use of general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. The appropriate incisions will then be made depending on the type of tummy tuck being performed. No matter which type of tummy tuck you are undergoing, Dr. Shaddix does everything he can to ensure your incisions are placed in well concealed areas such as below the bikini line. Next, Dr. Shaddix lifts the excess skin and tightens the abdominal tissue. The belly button is also repositioned during this time if necessary. The skin is pulled down and any excess is removed. The incisions are then closed using dissolvable sutures. Most patients are able to return home the same day as their surgery.
Like any surgical procedure, recovery is an important part of the tummy tuck process. While Dr. Shaddix will do everything he can to ensure sucessful results during the procedure process, it’s up to you to ensure a sucessful recovery. This involves at least one week of rest, so plan to take this time off work and have someone there to care for you. You can expect some discomfort, especially in the first few days after your procedure, however, this can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Shaddix. You can also expect some swelling and bruising with can linger for several weeks, but will continue to improve over the course of your recovery. While you can begin to get back to your regular routine after a week, more strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for about a month. Throughout your recovery process, it is important to keep your incisions clean and dry and be sure to follow all post-op care instructions provided to you. Dr. Shaddix will be available to answer any questions you might have throughout the process.
After a tummy tuck procedure, swelling can be present for many months, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your true results right away. Once the healing process is complete, patients can enjoy a flatter, more-toned abdominal area with the removal of excess skin and tissue. Patients find more confidence with wearing the clothes they’d like and showing off their new figure.
The results of a tummy tuck can offer a long-lasting enhancement, but like other contouring procedures, what you do after can affect your results. The best way to maintain your abdominal contour is to avoid gaining a significant amount of weight. This can be done by sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine and avoiding future pregnancy. Your abdominal area will continue to age naturally with the rest of your body.
Who you choose for your plastic surgery procedure is the most important decision you will make. Choosing a plastic surgeon near you who is board certified with many years of experience performing the tummy tuck is the best way to ensure safe and sucessful results. Dr. Shaddix is a double-board certified plastic surgery with extensive experience with the tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Shaddix customizes the procedure to meet your unique needs and uses the latest techniques to deliver satisfying results. To learn more about the procedure or to schedule your tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Shaddix is Pensacola, contact us at 850-476-7100.