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Tummy Tuck

Many patients desire a flat, toned stomach and a defined silhouette, but traditional at-home methods may not be sufficient to reach their goals. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a common cosmetic procedure that addresses skin and muscle laxity in the abdominal area caused by pregnancy, aging, or extreme weight loss. Dr. Carpenter performs tummy tuck surgery by targeting the skin and subcutaneous tissue as well as the damaged rectus muscles, restoring the midsection to a slimmer and more youthful aesthetic. After a thorough evaluation of your unique cosmetic and anatomical needs, Dr. Carpenter can devise a customized tummy tuck procedure to achieve your objectives.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

A Slender Midsection

Over time, both men and women can develop bothersome skin laxity and fat deposits around their midsection. Tummy tuck surgery can remove excess skin and fatty tissue to create a smoother and more toned physique.

Repaired Muscles

Weight gain and pregnancy can weaken the rectus muscles, resulting in unsightly bulging. During tummy tuck surgery, these damaged muscles are repaired to improve core strength and abdominal contours.

A Youthful Aesthetic

Cosmetic abdominal concerns, such as skin laxity and localized pockets of fat, can produce an aged appearance. Fortunately, patients who opt for tummy tuck surgery can restore their abdomen to a more youthful aesthetic.

Personalized Tummy Tuck Options

Techniques


The details of a tummy tuck procedure depend on the areas of concern and the desired extent of correction. Dr. Carpenter performs the following tummy tuck techniques:

  • Full: An incision is placed around the navel, and a second incision is made along the lower abdomen from hip to hip. This method is appropriate for patients with imperfections above the navel and below.
  • Mini: One incision is created in the lower abdomen, and it is shorter than that of a full tummy tuck. This method is appropriate for patients with imperfections only below the navel.

Procedure


Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and the safest procedure possible. Excess skin is removed, and the damaged abdominal muscles are repaired through the incision(s). The remaining skin is tightened, and the incision(s) are sutured closed. Layered soft dressings are placed over the treated areas, and patients are observed in the recovery room.

Combinations


Tummy tuck surgery may be combined with other cosmetic techniques to achieve the desired results. It can be performed with:

  • Liposuction: This technique removes stubborn pockets of fat and enhances the abdominal contours.
  • Mommy Makeover: This procedure package restores the breasts and abdomen to produce an overall improvement to a woman’s silhouette.
  • Body lift: This group of procedures eliminates bothersome folds of excess skin and fatty tissue in the lower body.

Concerns

Recovery

Most tummy tuck procedures are followed by an overnight stay at our surgery center, but some patients may go home after observation. Dr. Carpenter provides all patients with aftercare instructions that specify how to care for the incision(s) and proper medication use as well as what the physical limitations are. Patients are advised to take short walks as soon as they can to help prevent blood clots and boost blood circulation. However, strenuous activities must be avoided for as long as six weeks or until cleared by Dr. Carpenter. Wearing compression garments helps reduce swelling and promote healing, but swelling may last for several weeks.

Scars

Scarring may develop after a tummy tuck procedure, but the incisions are carefully placed low on the abdomen so that they can be concealed with undergarments and bathing suits. Scars are also likely to fade and blend into the surrounding skin over time.

Cost

The price of a tummy tuck surgery depends on the techniques used, the necessary extent of correction, surgical fees, and other factors. Dr. Carpenter will calculate the cost of your unique procedure during your initial consultation.

Pain

Tummy tuck patients usually experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort following their procedure. Prescription medication and using the recommended compression garments help make the recovery process more comfortable.

Before & After

Frequently Asked Questions

Most tummy tuck patients are mobile and can drive and return to work after one week, but others may need an additional week of rest.

A tummy tuck procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results. The targeted fat and skin are permanently removed during the surgery, but subsequent weight gain, pregnancy, and aging may alter the outcome. Leading a healthy lifestyle can help you maintain the effects of your procedure for years.

Patients are asked to stop using tobacco products in the weeks leading up to their procedure. It is also recommended to quit taking anti-inflammatory medications and supplements for at least two weeks before tummy tuck surgery.

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