- 1 What is a Tummy Tuck?
- 2 Who is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck in Portland?
- 3 Before & After
- 4 Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures
- 5 The Tummy Tuck Surgery
- 6 ABDOMINOPLASTY RESULTS AND RECOVERY
- 7 Schedule a Consultation
- 8 Tummy Tuck FAQs
- 8.1 How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?
- 8.2 What is the difference between liposuction and tummy tuck?
- 8.3 What medical benefits does a tummy tuck offer?
- 8.4 Do non surgical techniques work?
- 8.5 When should I get a tummy tuck?
- 8.6 What is a tummy tuck and how much does it cost?
- 8.7 How many sizes do you lose with a tummy tuck?
- 8.8 Is it worth getting a tummy tuck?
- 8.9 How much weight can you lose having a tummy tuck?
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Excess, sagging skin and stubborn fat around the midsection can cause many individuals to feel self-conscious. A tummy tuck can improve the contour and appearance of the waist by eliminating excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.
A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, can also have some medical benefits, especially in women after childbirth. It is a common procedure included in mommy makeovers, lower body lifts, or post-weight loss surgeries.
Who is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck in Portland?
Men and women with sagging abdominal skin and excess fat that is resistant to diet and exercise in the abdominal region are likely good candidates for this surgery. This excess skin and fat could result from conditions and events such as:
- Weight Fluctuations
As with any cosmetic plastic surgery, tummy tuck candidates should be in good health and be non-smokers, since ongoing nicotine use can affect the recovery process. Dr. Fichadia recommends that patients stop smoking for at least four to six weeks before this major surgery to minimize healing issues.
For women of childbearing age looking into abdominoplasty, Dr. Fichadia recommends waiting until you are finished having children to ensure a long-lasting result. Although you can still bear children after a tummy tuck, a future pregnancy will reverse some of the positive effects of a tummy tuck. Patients who want to have kids in the future may still choose liposuction to improve their curves while saving the tummy tuck for the future.
Before & After
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Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures
There are a number of different ways to contour the midsection. During your tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Fichadia can recommend the right one for you based on your goals, condition, and anatomy.
FULL TUMMY TUCK
A full tummy tuck, also known as a traditional tummy tuck, is the most popular form of abdominoplasty in Portland, Oregon. A horizontal incision is made in the area above the pubis from hip to hip, through which excess skin is removed, muscles are tightened, and abdominal fat is removed. If a patient has stretch marks in the treatment area, these may be removed through surgical excision for a more even appearance of the abdomen.
An incision around the belly button is also used to relocate it to a more aesthetically pleasing position. Diastasis recti, separated abdominal muscles, can be fixed with a tummy tuck. When additional waistline contouring is desired, tummy tucks can also be combined with liposuction.
MINI TUMMY TUCK
For patients where the majority of excess skin is below the belly button area, a mini tummy tuck Portland is a great option. It is less invasive than a full tummy tuck, with a shorter incision. This means the recovery is shorter and more comfortable than a standard tummy tuck. This is not an option for everyone, as tummy tuck patients who need muscle tightening or repair of abdominal muscle separation will need one of the more invasive (and effective) tummy tuck procedures.
EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK
An extended tummy tuck is an expanded form of tummy tuck procedure with longer incisions that can also address concerns on the outer thighs. An extended tummy tuck is often an effective treatment for patients who wish to refine their figures following substantial weight loss. This procedure is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of excess fat and skin in the abdomen, upper hip, and lower back regions. Repair of the stomach muscles is done just like with a regular tummy tuck. Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat around the lower body as well.
FLEUR-DE-LIS TUMMY TUCK
If a patient (typically after significant weight loss) has excess skin in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions, a fleur-de-lis or vertical abdominoplasty may be required. In this procedure, a vertical incision will be needed in addition to the traditional horizontal one in order to access and remove a large amount of skin. Because of this, the scar after recovery will be more visible than a traditional abdominoplasty and may be associated with wound healing problems.
The Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. Fichadia performs tummy tuck surgery under general anesthesia in an accredited ambulatory surgery center. Once anesthesia is administered, the predetermined incision is made to gain access to the underlying tissues of the abdomen. Excess skin and fat are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened with sutures.
This procedure can reposition and strengthen the abdominal muscles if they have become separated. This is most commonly seen after pregnancies, but body weight fluctuations can also cause it.
Once the desired changes are made, the skin is pulled downward and tightened, and any excess is trimmed away. The incisions are then closed and dressed for recovery, and any drains that are needed will be put in place. You also have the choice of placement of pain pumps that help with surgical pain for the first two days. We highly recommend those, especially if muscle tightening is performed.
ABDOMINOPLASTY RESULTS AND RECOVERY
Our entire team is ready to support you as you undergo your tummy tuck surgery. We will prepare you for recovery by giving you detailed information on what to expect in the days and weeks following your procedure.
Following the tummy tuck procedure, patients will need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support the abdomen as it heals. You can expect some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Most tummy tuck patients return to work, school, or regular at-home tasks after two to four weeks of downtime, depending on the type of work and extent of the procedure. Heavy lifting (over 10 lbs) and strenuous activity should be avoided for six to eight weeks. It is important that patients ease back into their normal routine gradually for the best results.
Your results will continue to improve and refine over the months after surgery. Because the incision for most tummy tuck procedures is placed below the bikini line, in most cases, the resulting scar is hidden in a bikini or low-rise pants, allowing women to have full flexibility with their wardrobe choices. During your consultation, Dr. Fichadia can discuss your options for scar management if you feel you will be prone to excess scarring.
Schedule a Consultation
For people looking for a highly effective way to slim and firm up their abdomen, a Portland abdominoplasty can be a great option. To learn more about this procedure and to create your personalized surgery plan, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hetal Fichadia today. Contact us by calling (503) 488-2344 or filling out our online form.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?
The cost of a tummy tuck can vary based on many different factors, including: Anesthesia, Facilities, Materials, Surgeon’s fees, Appointments. It’s important to understand that your tummy tuck surgery cost should not be prioritized over your plastic surgeon’s skill and credentials. One effective way to determine this is to look at your board certified plastic surgeon’s tummy tuck before and after photos (view Dr. Fichadia’s tummy tuck pictures) or tummy tuck surgery videos. We accept CareCredit and can give you a full estimate of your associated costs during a consultation.
What is the difference between liposuction and tummy tuck?
Liposuction is a separate, minimally-invasive technique that can be performed on many areas of the body. It does not involve removal of skin, or repair of muscle. It is reserved for patients with limited areas of stubborn fat that don’t need removal of excess skin. Generally, patients that lack skin elasticity or have excess require surgical correction through a tummy tuck procedure. Additionally, liposuction does not address the muscle separation like a tummy tuck does.
What medical benefits does a tummy tuck offer?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has published the results of studies showing a decrease in both back pain and urinary incontinence in postpartum women that underwent tummy tuck surgery. This is attributed to the muscle tightening (sometimes called rectus plication) that increases ability of the abdomen to support the upper body. Over the course of pregnancy or weight gain, these muscles can become stretched and ineffective, meaning they require surgical correction. Additionally, some patients that suffer from reoccurring ventral hernias can benefit from a strengthened abdominal wall. It should be noted that male tummy tuck patients can benefit from these techniques as well.
Do non surgical techniques work?
Although non-surgical fat reduction procedures or tummy tuck belts (sometimes marketed as a non-surgical tummy tuck or tummy tuck alternative) can improve the profile of the abdomen underneath clothing, these techniques can’t remove excess skin or repair stretched muscles. These tummy tuck systems sometimes include compression garments and tummy tuck creams which generally don’t produce results that are surgical-grade.
When should I get a tummy tuck?
If you have excess loose skin and fat on the abdomen, then a tummy tuck is a great way to improve the contours of the stomach. It is important that you are at or near your desired weight and can retain that weight before getting a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck requires a lengthy recovery so it should be done during a time when you can take off work to recover.
What is a tummy tuck and how much does it cost?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure done to remove excess skin and fat on the abdomen, tighten up the tissues, and fix any weakened muscles for a slimmer abdominal appearance. The surgery is highly individualized so the cost will vary between patients. During your consultation with Dr. Fichadia, she will give you your estimated tummy tuck cost.
How many sizes do you lose with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery, patients should be in good health and at a stable weight prior to their tummy tuck. However, since the tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat patients typically see a change in their size afterward. Most patients notice a change of 2 to 3 clothing sizes.
Is it worth getting a tummy tuck?
The tummy tuck is the most effective method of removing fat, skin and tightening the muscles in the abdomen. Although the tummy tuck requires a lengthy recovery, the results are long-lasting and dramatic.
How much weight can you lose having a tummy tuck?
Patients who have weight to lose should not get a tummy tuck. It is important that you are within 20 pounds of your ideal weight and able to sustain that weight in order to get a tummy tuck. The amount of weight lost afterward will depend on how much excess skin and fat you have to remove.