Having a flat, toned abdomen is a cosmetic goal that both men and women strive to achieve; tummy tuck surgery at Carolina Plastic Surgery accomplishes just this.
About the Tummy Tuck
More commonly known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty procedures are performed to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to create a thinner, more aesthetically-pleasing midsection. In many cases, diet and exercise fall short in helping men and women achieve their aesthetic goals, and at Carolina Plastic Surgery, Dr. Saini can help.
This procedure is different for everyone depending on your preferences and the level of correction desired and can include:
- The removal of excess skin
- In some cases, the removal of excess fat
- Tightening of underlying abdominal muscles, when necessary
Carolina Plastic Surgery’s advanced tummy tuck techniques can create a tummy that is flatter and more toned. During your consultation with Dr. Saini, your surgical options as well as your incision preferences will be discussed, and a customized surgical plan will be created for you.
Tummy Tuck Techniques
In a full tummy tuck, an incision is created around the bellybutton and another near the pubic line. Loose skin is appropriately excised, and plication or tightening of the muscles in the midline is performed. Liposuction of the flanks and spare tire can be performed as well for enhanced body contouring. The remaining skin is pulled taut, and a new incision is made for the bellybutton. Dr. Saini takes great pride in hiding the bellybutton incision so patients feel comfortable showing off their tight and flatter midriff.
A mini tummy tuck is, how it sounds, a “mini” version of a full tummy tuck. A bellybutton incision is not required since only the lower abdomen is addressed. This technique is great for women and men suffering from a lower belly pooch that is resistant to diet and exercise. A smaller incision is made near the pubic line, and lower abdomen muscles are tightened and lax skin is removed. Mini tummy tuck surgical length and recovery time is shorter than that of a full tummy tuck. The procedure can safely be performed in office without the need for general anesthesia. If this option interests you please inquire about it during your initial consultation.
The extended tummy tuck technique follows the surgical technique of the full tummy tuck, but the public line incision is extended to the flanks. Doing so allows for additional skin excision on the midsection and hips. If liposuction is performed, harvested fat can be reinjected into the buttocks or breasts for more body sculpting.
Before & After Photos
Candidates for a tummy tuck are women and men with loose abdominal skin and muscles due to massive weight loss or pregnancy. Those who are simply displeased with the appearance of their abdomen despite hours spent at the gym and eating right are also potential candidates. Tummy tuck patients should be in good health, close to their ideal body weight, and have realistic expectations of the surgery. A tummy tuck procedure will enhance the contour of the abdomen, but it is not specifically designed to remove large fat deposits. This can however be accomplished by adding a liposuction treatment during your surgical session.
Although having loose skin and/or excess fat in the abdominal area is a common cosmetic concern, not all men and women are good candidates for this procedure. Dr. Saini can determine your candidacy during a consultation examination. In order to see if you qualify for this procedure, feel free to contact us today to request a consultation.
You will have a one-on-one conversation with tummy tuck specialist Dr. Saira Saini during your initial consultation. During this consultation, Dr. Saini will evaluate your individual condition based on several factors, including your overall health, medical history, goals, and expectations in order to determine if tummy tuck surgery is right for you. If deemed a good candidate, she will create a personalized tummy tuck surgical plan including a custom tummy tuck technique and the appropriate preparation and recovery instructions. It is important to Dr. Saini for all of her patient to be educated about any procedure they wish to undergo, so details of your surgery will be explained at this time. All questions are highly encouraged as well.
How to Prepare
Patient safety is extremely important to Dr. Saini, so individual preparation instructions will be provided during your consultation. Generally, patients can expect the following:
- Do not smoke or take any anti-inflammatory medications for three weeks before the surgery.
- Arrange transportation to take you home from surgery, whether that be right after surgery or the following day.
- Make sure you have enough pillows at home to keep your back and head propped up while resting or sleeping during the recovery period.
- Bring a loose fitting top to surgery.
Dr. Saira Saini performs tummy tucks in an accredited hospital with the help of an experienced board certified anesthesiologist. The procedure takes between two to three hours to complete depending on the extent of the case. Either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation will be used; this is determined during the initial consultation.
The incision locations are marked by Dr. Saini according to the technique chosen, and the incision are then made. The skin is lifted so she can tighten the abdominal muscles, and the loose excess skin is removed. After this is done the remaining skin is redraped and sutured to create a flat, tighter midsection. Surgical dressing and a compression garment will be placed around the abdomen to help reduce swelling. Once the procedure is complete, patients have the option to stay in the hospital overnight or return home with a family member or friend.
The healing process can be different for everyone, but patients may experience mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Pain medication can be given to help alleviate any discomfort.
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Saini will discuss what you can expect after surgery for your specific case as well as how much time you should take from work to heal and if any aftercare will be necessary for your incision sites. Generally, patients can expect to take at least one week off from work to make sure they get enough rest. It is important to walk during this time to promote good blood flow, but please take it easy. More vigorous activities can be resumed after four to six weeks.
Tummy tuck patients will have follow up appointments once a week with Dr. Saini for the first postoperative month to ensure you are healing well. Several more follow up appointments will be scheduled over the span of that year. Dr. Saini provides her personal cell phone number to all of her patients so they can call her directly with any questions or concerns.
Tummy tucks are very often performed with additional body sculpting procedures for enhanced results, liposuction being the most popular. Liposuction is a very effective body contouring procedure that uses the gentle power of suction to remove localized fat deposits. It can be performed to remove stubborn fat from almost anywhere on the body. Many patients who pair liposuction with a tummy tuck wish to also contour their thighs, hips, arms, or back. If desired, the fat harvested from the liposuction element can be reinjected into other parts of the body such as the buttocks or breasts. This powerful procedure combination can provide women and men the defined, sculpted look they’ve been working so hard to achieve.
For moms looking to enhance their post baby figure, a mommy makeover can be performed by Dr. Saini to sculpt the breasts and body. These are the two areas are most affected after giving birth and breastfeeding, and often do not return to their original contour. A mommy makeover is comprised of the mother’s choice of breast augmentation, reduction, or lift and a tummy tuck and/or liposuction. This surgery is designed to make moms feel confident and sexy, because their aesthetic desires shouldn’t have to fall by the wayside.
Tummy Tuck Results
Daily improvement can be seen, but full results will be evident after all of the swelling has subsided. Tummy tuck results are typically long-lasting and can be maintained easily through healthy diet and exercise. Many patients experience a great spike in self esteem after a tummy tuck, having the confidence to show off their midriff and wear more fitted clothing.
Contact Carolina Plastic Surgery today to request a consultation at our Fayetteville office and find out how a tummy tuck can help you achieve your aesthetic goals by creating a flatter, trimmer abdominal area.
The price of a tummy tuck at Carolina Plastic Surgery depends on patient’s individual case and the technique used. This will also change if a patient chooses to undergo any complementing procedures at the same time. In order to receive a custom quote, please feel free to contact us today to request a tummy tuck consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!