If you’ve been dieting and exercising but can’t seem to get rid of excess skin and stubborn fat on your stomach then you’ve likely thought about an abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck. Phoenix & Scottsdale patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, or women who have finished childbearing are able to achieve the trim waistline they’ve always wanted with a tummy tuck.
If you’re tired of having loose skin and impossible-to-lose fat on your stomach, call Dr. Meger today at 602-957-6000 to schedule your consultation. We absolutely love hearing from new patients and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
During your consultation, we will walk you through every factor of the procedure including:
- Strategies that integrate liposuction and muscle tightening.
- Whether you are a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck. (Common for less comprehensive cases, this strategy removes excess fat and tightens skin and lax muscles below the navel.)
- How skin elasticity and stomach firmness may impact treatment.
- Guidelines to decrease the risk of complications after surgery.
- Expenses involved such as specialist’s cost, surgery center costs, and anesthesia fees.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Phoenix & Scottsdale patients often have a lot of questions about what exactly a tummy tuck is. Simply put, the tummy tuck procedure is designed to flatten a sagging stomach. The procedure is often performed when the stomach skin loses its tautness due to childbirth or an excessive loss of weight. Patients often undergo the procedure to reduce the appearance of stretch marks as well.
Who Is NOT a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
If you’re healthy but have excess skin or fat on your tummy, then you’re probably a great candidate for a tummy tuck. Phoenix & Scottsdale women who are expecting to get pregnant may want to wait on having a tummy tuck since stomach muscles are tightened during the procedure and pregnancy can pull those muscles apart.
Also, if you’re expecting to lose a lot of weight soon, you may want to think about postponing your tummy tuck until after.
How is a Tummy Tuck Procedure Done?
Generally, the tummy tuck procedure lasts 3 or more hours depending on the need for liposuction and the quantity of excess tissue to be removed. The first step is for the anesthesiologist to administer a light anesthetic. Next, Dr. Meger will create an incision from one hipbone to the other along the pubic line. The length of the cut relies on the extent of the procedure. A second incision is made to the navel from surrounding tissue.
In a mini-tummy tuck, the incision is much shorter. This also means that the navel will not be moved but may be pulled into a smaller sized shape.
Once the incision is made, Dr. Meger will lift the skin to tighten the stomach muscles by suturing them closer together. After trimming the excess skin, Dr. Meger stretches the skin downward and sutures it into place. If needed, a new navel can be created and stitched into the proper position.
A procedure called liposuction may be needed during this procedure to remove excess hip fat. Lastly, a drain may be positioned to help remove fluid buildup as the patient heals.
Recovering from a Tummy Tuck
Phoenix & Scottsdale patients should expect their recovery to take about 6 weeks. Immediately after the surgery, patients will be bandaged and Dr. Meger will provide specific instructions for how to sleep and sit in order to achieve the best possible results. He may prescribe pain medication for any discomfort. Patients should avoid returning to work for about a month and wait roughly 2 months before resuming any strenuous activities. In some cases, depending on whether or not other procedures are performed with the tummy tuck, Dr. Meger may suggest an overnight stay.
If you’re ready for a firmer, tighter tummy, call Dr. Meger today at 602-957-6000! We would love to answer any questions and work with you to schedule a consultation.