Tummy Tuck in Little Rock, Arkansas –Abdominoplasty
Most of us agree that a flat, firm abdomen looks better. For some, diet and exercise are enough to achieve their goals. No amount of crunches or carrot sticks will help if you have overstretched muscles and sagging skin on your belly.
An abdominoplasty (commonly known as a tummy tuck) removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles. It helps you get a flatter, firmer and smoother midsection when diet and exercise cannot. As a result, your clothes will look and fit better. You may even feel a renewed sense of self-confidence knowing that your body better reflects your healthy lifestyle.Click to request your Free Consult with Dr. Branman
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
The best candidates for this procedure are at a stable weight, have weak muscles and excess skin protruding on the abdomen. Significantly overweight patients are less ideal candidates for this procedure and may be advised to lose weight or undergo liposuction before surgery.
This procedure is especially beneficial for women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. The surgery does produce a permanent scar that can extend across the hips, but scars are easily hidden and most patients are willing to accept them in order to attain a flatter stomach.
During your consultation, Dr. Branman will evaluate your particular condition and advise you as to whether you are a good tummy tuck candidate.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or outpatient facility. Little Rock cosmetic surgeon Dr. Branman makes a very precise incision along the waistline. Next, the skin gets separated from the abdominal wall and the abdominal muscles are tightened. The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. A new hole is cut for your navel, which is then stitched in place.
For some patients, we can perform only a partial abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck, during which the skin is separated between the incision line and the navel. The flap of skin is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place. A full tummy tuck usually requires two to three hours, while partial abdominoplasty may require one to two hours.
After a Tummy Tuck
While there will be some soreness and discomfort after surgery, Dr. Branman will prescribe medications to alleviate discomfort. Special drains and a dressing will be in place. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks following surgery. It may be difficult to stand straight at first, but you will be advised to begin walking as soon as possible. Dr. Branman will provide special post-operative instructions about caring for your incisions, showering, and more.
Many patients return to work after 2 weeks, depending on the nature of their job. While strenuous exercise should be avoided, light exercise may help you heal better. Even those who have never followed an exercise regimen should start. It will reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles so you get the best results from your surgery.
Scars will be prominent during the first 3 to 6 months as they heal. After about 9-12 months, your scars will flatten out and lighten in color. They will always be apparent, but should not show under most clothing, even a bikini. Click here to see Tummy Tuck before & after photos.
Tummy Tuck Risks
Every surgical procedure carries some risk. Patients can reduce the risk of complications by closely following instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regards to when and how to resume physical activity.
Complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics, but will prolong your hospital stay. You can minimize the risk of blood clots by moving around as soon after the surgery as possible. Poor healing may necessitate a second operation. Smoking increases the risk of poor healing, so smokers are advised to quit long before their day of surgery.
Dr. Branman has been helping Little Rock, Arkansas Tummy Tuck patients since 1998, and he would be happy for you to come in for a free consult