During a “traditional” tummy tuck, stretched muscles are “tightened” with sutures, and excess skin is removed. Using the combination of pUAL and simple skin removal, traditional tummy tuck surgery is much less common, even if you have lost a significant amount of weight.
For most patients, treatment will normally be accomplished in an out-patient surgery center.
While liposuction and full tummy-tuck procedures can be combined, the risks of surgery may be greater than if either surgery is performed alone. Abdominoplasty does produce a permanent scar, which can extend from hip to hip.
Some patients with a protruding abdomen do not require abdominoplasty. If your abdomen protrudes, but you do not have significant excess skin, you may benefit from liposuction only. Be sure you understand the relative advantages and disadvantages of both procedures as you make your decision.
Tummy Tuck - Options
There are three basic versions of the tummy tuck surgery:
~ Traditional Tuck
~ Limited Tuck
~ Tuck w/Lipo
Treatment recommendations are based on your examination & personal preferences.
Traditional & Limited Tummy Tuck
The incision for either surgery will vary according to your specific needs. The most common incision reaches from hip to hip at the level of your pubic bone. Not all clothing will conceal this incision. A second incision is made around your navel. Your skin and fat layer is lifted from the muscle layer of your tummy wall.
In traditional tummy tuck surgery, the surgery extends up to your rib cage, while in a limited tuck the surgery extends just above your navel. This is the difference between traditional and limited tummy tuck surgery.
To flatten your stomach, your tummy wall muscles are “tightened” with stitches. The excess skin is then removed.
Except for the full tummy tuck, surgery is most often performed as an outpatient procedure, usually under general anesthesia. Full
abdominoplasty usually requires at least an overnight stay.
If you live more than 20-30 minutes from Syracuse, you should consider spending the night of surgery at a local hotel. Should you experience a possible surgical complication, I do not want distance to prevent you from being evaluated. Following anesthesia, some patients may become nauseated. Traveling longer distances may increase your risk of becoming carsick.
Due to the large area that must heal, you need to limit your physical activity. You can think of healing like allowing glue to set: It takes time. While we try to aid nature, there is nothing we can do to speed the healing process.
For comfort and support, you will be given an elastic abdominal binder. While you can wear your binder 24 hours daily, you should wear the binder whenever you are up. After the first several days, the binder is no longer required, but most patients continue wearing the binder as a matter of comfort.