How is a “panniculectomy” different from abdominoplasty?
Panniculectomy involves removing only the overhanging excessive skin and fat (pannus) from the abdomen. This is often done in patients which significant excess of these tissues that is causing skin hygiene issues or contributing to other medical problems.
What happens to the belly button with a tummy tuck?
In traditional abdominoplasty, your same belly button or umbilicus is maintained in its current height but brought out through the new correct position on the abdominal wall. This is similar to what you encounter with a button on a shirt that was incorrectly brought out through the wrong hole. In correcting this, the button is removed from the current hole and the shirt re-draped to a flat position and the button brought back through the appropriate hole without changing the buttons attachment to the shirt.
Where are the scars for abdominoplasty?
Ideally the scars are well hidden below the panty/bikini line. We have you wear your preferred type to the surgery center on the day of your operation to specifically make the pre-operative markings. Your input is vital to a well placed scar.
Who is a tummy tuck candidate?
The ideal tummy tuck patient is someone at or near their desired weight and in otherwise good health. Despite efforts to reduce abdominal excess with diet and exercise the central portion has not changed significantly or has resulted in excess loose and hanging skin. Patients should have realistic expectations of final results.
What is the recovery for a tummy tuck?
Following surgery, we often will keep the patient overnight in the surgery center where our nurses can monitor their recovery and aid with moving to the bathroom, etc. We maintain a surgical compression wrap on from the end of the procedure until the next morning at which time it can be discontinued. Because we have tightened the abdominal muscles and the skin has been “tucked” patients will notice some difficulty in laying completely flat or standing completely upright early after surgery. This will improve over the ensuing days. Pain medications are provided and we have our patients return for follow-up within 3-5 days after surgery.
One of the most dreaded aspects of the abdominoplasty procedure is having drains placed which must be carried and cared for after surgery. Dr. Marion uses a technique which eliminates the need for any drains, in the vast majority of patients. Find out more about the benefits of drainless abdominoplasty.
When is the right time to get a tummy tuck?
One should be at a stable weight prior to having tummy tuck surgery and as the results can be affected by significant weight changes, the procedure should not be considered in those considering pregnancy. Abdominoplasty can be safely combined with some other abdominal procedures and this should be discussed with Dr. Marion.
What are potential complications or risks of tummy tuck?
Some risks of abdominoplasty include bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, fluid collections (seromas), unfavorable scars, changes in sensation or numbness in abdominal skin, suboptimal results and possible need for revisional surgery. The most dreaded complications of abdominoplasty are thankfully the least common and include deep vein thrombosis or embolism, cardiac or pulmonary complications which can result in death. There is also inherent risks of general anesthesia.