Tummy Tuck: A Transformative Procedure
Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty is one of Dr. Sobel’s signature procedures. This procedure is the most effective way of removing excess abdominal skin and supporting the abdominal corset, thus restoring pleasing, feminine contours to the lower torso.
A Modern Twist on the Tummy Tuck
The modern twist on this procedure is the combined liposuction and tummy tuck procedure, also known as the lipoabdominoplasty. This procedure, as popularized by Avelar, Illouz, Saldana, and others, is the most powerful way of changing the contour of the midsection. It affords both removal of diet and exercise fat while removing skin and supporting the abdominal corset simultaneously. Though Dr. Sobel offers more traditional tummy tuck procedures as indicated, the aesthetically comprehensive lipoabdominoplasty is often the procedure of choice as it provides for less discomfort and faster recovery, among other benefits.
Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
People considering abdominoplasty are generally looking to get rid of excess skin after weight loss or childbirth. Since the lipoabdominoplasty procedure does not require the patient to be at goal weight for optimum results, many of Dr. Sobel’s patients have found it a psychological boost to enjoy the results of the procedure while they are part way along the path to their diet and exercise goals. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, Seattle men and women of all ages can discuss their options with Dr. Sobel at Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery. The procedure is best suited for non-smoking individuals who are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
About the Surgery
For a tummy tuck, Seattle surgeons typically use general anesthesia during your surgery; however, for select patients having lipoabdominoplasty, a lighter form of sedation may be used. An incision is made along the natural contour of the lower abdomen to minimize scar visibility – typically, below the level of a c-section scar in women and below the belt line in men. Second, the muscular corset will be restored, if separated, to help result in a flat abdominal area. Lastly, excess skin is removed before sutures close the incision. The wounds are covered with MedPore Paper tape, which Dr. Sobel has found more effective than silicone sheeting for the best resultant scar. Dr. Sobel does not typically use drains; however you will be placed in a spandex compression garment.
How Dr. Sobel Speeds Up Your Tummy Tuck Recovery
Dr. Sobel strongly recommends platelet-rich plasma, which speeds healing. Platelet-rich plasma is harvested from the patient’s own blood by centrifuge, which separates the platelets and their growth factors from the remainder of the blood. Thus a purified healing product is obtained, while inflammatory substances found in whole blood are removed.
After your surgery, you may see swelling in your abdomen and feel discomfort, which will be alleviated by medication. The recovery is not convalescent: patients are required to walk 30 minutes, three times daily beginning the day after surgery. After two weeks, you can return to normal activity and in three to six months, your recovery will be complete. Throughout the healing process, you will have easy access to Dr. Sobel so that any concerns can be addressed. We’d be glad to discuss the best timeline for your surgery if you need to be ready for summer, winter holidays, or any important event or occasion.
Combining Tummy Tuck with Other Procedures
Tummy tucks are often combined with other body contouring procedures including breast augmentation. Seattle area patients, with their active and busy lifestyles often consolidate procedures to reduce time away from work and leisure. Other procedures that are often combined with tummy tucks include breast lifting and breast reduction, as well as arm lift, thigh lift, butt lift, and fat grafting for the augmentation of the breast and/or buttocks.
Whether you are putting the finishing touches on your body after a long term, successful weight loss plan or looking to restore the body after childbearing, you can get personalized care and natural-appearing results at Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery.
To explore your options and start working on a plan, we welcome you to contact us online or call us at (425) 453-9060 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to helping you pursue your personal transformation.