If you are considering abdominoplasty surgery following your weight loss, you will be in very good company. Also known as tummy tuck surgery, abdominoplasty suits a large portion of the post-bariatric population, as stretching and shrinking of the abdominal area, even during pregnancy or due to minor weight gain and loss, often has lasting impact on the midsection. Abdominoplasty improves the look of the lower and mid torso by correcting saggy skin, excess fat and stretched muscles. Unlike a panniculectomy, which removes just skin and fat, abdominoplasty surgery following massive weight loss, also tightens up loose muscles and effectively rejuvenates the look of the belly button area. The procedure does not affect the back, flanks, thighs or buttocks.
If you’ve lost significant amounts of weight and need help reshaping your midsection, this very well could be the procedure for you. You’ll be glad to know that other procedures — such as liposuction and breast surgery — can often be combined safely with a tummy tuck. Dr. David Kaufman is experienced in knowing which combinations are safest and most effective for weight loss patients.
Request a consultation at our practice soon and Dr. Kaufman will assess your condition, listen to your priorities and work with you to develop the optimal surgical plan.
Candidates for Abdominoplasty in Sacramento
The best candidates for abdominoplasty surgery following weight loss are patients whose excess skin and fat primarily rests in the front of their body. However, an extended abdominoplasty can reach around and improve the look of the sides as well.
Abdominoplasty Surgery and Recovery
Abdominoplasty is performed with general anesthesia and usually takes between two to three hours to complete. Further, all procedures take place in Kaufman Plastic Surgery’s state-of-the-art private surgery center under the care of a board-certified, M.D. anesthesiologist.
During the procedure, Dr. Kaufman will remove excess skin and fat and tighten the internal abdominal muscles with permanent sutures, to markedly improve the contour of your middle and lower abdomen. At this time, he will also, inject into the surgical site, a temporary non-narcotic pain medication that will keep your abdomen numb for about 72-hours.
As for your belly button, it will maintain it’s original position but will emerge through new surrounding skin.
With regard to the incision, the exact length and placement depends on how extensive your procedure is. However, in most cases, incisions run from hip to hip.
Although, Dr. Kaufman tries to not use drains during recovery, there is a possibility that a patient may require one or two for the first week. You’ll wear a compression garment for approximately six weeks to support and contour the abdominal wall and any areas where liposuction is performed. Most people are able to discontinue prescription pain medication and resume light daily activity in about a week. You’ll be able to gradually add in more activities over the next several weeks, until about two months after surgery when you should feel fully recovered.
Risks associated with tummy tucks are those common to most abdominal procedures, including blood clots in the legs, pulmonary embolism, and problems with anesthesia. Other potential minor complications are wound healing problems, fluid collection after surgery and numbness in the area of the incision. You should also be aware that the ultimate appearance of your scar will be difficult to predict.
To discuss abdominoplasty and other plastic surgery after weight loss options, call (916) 983-9895. Conveniently located on East Bidwell Street in Folsom, Kaufman Plastic Surgery serves the entire greater Sacramento area.