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The abdomen area can become misshapen, flabby, and droopy after pregnancy, or as a result of the passage of time. You may have done everything possible to reduce the appearance of excess skin, fat and tissue, including watching your diet and engaging in exercise – but are still left with an unsightly tummy area that you feel you need to hide. A tummy tuck could be the answer, as the procedure can restore the youthful, trim look you had before life happened.
Abdominoplasty: Tummy Tuck Surgery Removes Excess Fat and Skin
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. Many people struggle with sagging, excess skin due to aging, after pregnancy, or after achieving significant weight loss. Even people that have a normal weight for their height can feel unhappy to have developed a flabby or protruding tummy area that just won’t resolve with diet and exercise.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Resolve?
A tummy tuck resolves many unsightly issues, including:
- The removal of excess loose skin that droops and sags
- Tightens skin damaged by stretch marks, reducing their appearance
- Tightens loose, stretched skin
- Resolves fatty deposits above or below the belly button, or both
- Resolves separated abdominal muscles with tightening and reinforcement
- Slims and trims a protruding belly area
- Removes slack skin and tissue remaining after a significant weight loss
Candidates for a Tummy Tuck – Is It Right for You?
Every person has a unique physiology, and is dealing with individual body issues. Our goal at Athenix is to create the smooth, sculpted look that our patients want, and a tummy tuck is one of the more common surgeries we perform. If you are in good overall health and have maintained a stable weight, but are dealing with a saggy, unsightly belly area, you are likely a candidate for this surgery.
Our Athenix office is located in Beaverton, for easy access from Portland and the surrounding communities. We focus on providing our patients with the least invasive, most effective options in body sculpting. Our surgeons stay at the forefront in the most advanced surgical techniques currently available. We are here to help you find out about the tummy tuck procedure that will finally allow you to be free from the loose, baggy skin and fat, with the smallest incisions so that you have a faster recovery time. There are various types of tucks that involve a combination of procedures. We can tell you which procedure will work best for your condition in our initial consultation. We may need to undertake one or more of the following procedures:
- Tightening of the abdominal muscle wall
- Removing fat cells
- Removing excess skin that droops and hangs
- Addressing or potentially removing or reducing the appearance of stretch marks
Mini Tummy Tuck or Traditional Tummy Tuck?
Each of our tummy tuck patients is different. Some will require a traditional tummy tuck, while others may get the results they want with a mini-tummy tuck, or “partial abdominoplasty.” This procedure is appropriate for patients who need to resolve unsightly fat and skin below the belly-button area. As this is a less invasive surgery, there is less scarring, and no need to reposition the belly button. If your skin has maintained its natural elasticity, and you are at a healthy weight, this may be the right procedure for you.
A traditional tummy tuck is a more extensive surgical procedure, and addresses saggy, droopy skin, a bulging, protruding abdomen, and muscle tissue that has separated. This surgical technique allows patients to restore a slim, youthful, fit appearance to the entire tummy area, both above and below the belly button, and is effective for eliminating or reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Transform Your Body After Childbirth: A Tummy Tuck
After pregnancy and childbirth, many women are devastated at how their bodies look – the trim, fit tummy area may now be saggy, with skin and tissue that droops, sags, and bags. Being a parent is one of the most rewarding parts of life – but the impact on the abdominal area can be significant. Much of what happens is the result of genetics and cannot be avoided no matter how many creams or oils you used during the term of your pregnancy. Loose, saggy skin, stretch marks, separated muscles, and excess fat are all common problems that women deal with after having children. A tummy tuck allows you to restore the youthful, trim appearance that you had prior to having children.
After Losing Weight
Men and women can both experience a serious problem associated with sagging skin after achieving a significant weight loss. This problem arises after weight loss surgery, or an intensive workout and diet regime. No matter how hard you try, you are left with excess skin that droops and sags, marring your appearance. A tummy tuck can remove this excess skin and tissue, so you have the trim, fit tummy you fought for in losing a significant amount of unwanted weight. Skin that has lost elasticity cannot be reabsorbed or moved back into position on its own. No matter how much you work out or diet, it just isn’t going to shrink back into position – the skin’s elasticity won’t allow it. Take advantage of the option of a tummy tuck to achieve the slim body contour you have fought so hard to achieve.
Schedule a Free Consultation with our Team
At Athenix, we offer a free initial consultation so you have the opportunity to find out about the procedure, and so we can evaluate your abdominal area and advise you of what procedure will achieve the results you want. Every person is different; you may have stretch marks, stretched, baggy skin, a saggy, protruding stomach, or separated muscles that give your stomach an odd “double-tummy” appearance. All of these issues are resolvable.
Let’s talk about what you want to achieve. You can expect our medical professionals to be responsive, kind, and interested in helping you get the body you want. Call today, or use our online form – we serve all of the Portland area from our conveniently located Beaverton clinic office.
Tummy Tuck – FAQ
What does a typical tummy tuck consultation include?
During your consultation, we listen to your concerns, and evaluate the current condition of your abdominal area. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeon will discuss options and will show you real-world images of body types similar to yours that have had a tummy tuck, so you can visualize the outcome.
Is there more than one procedure for a tummy tuck?
Yes, but most differ only in the amount of tissue that must be removed and the shape and placement of incisions. In most cases, horizontal incisions are made in a V-shape to stay below the bikini line. With some procedures this may not be appropriate, and the incision must be placed differently. Tummy tucks are often combined with breast lifts and/or breast augmentations.
What is recovery like?
You will need to do short walks 3-4 times a day for a few minutes each time. Initially, you will not be able to stand up straight and your abdomen will feel very tight, but for the first four to five days after surgery, bending slightly puts less strain on the healing sutures. If drains have been installed, they will be removed after few days. You will wear an abdominal pressure garment for several weeks to stabilize the surgery and allow the area to properly heal.
Is there a lot of scarring?
A tummy tuck involves incisions, which means a scar. However, our board-certified plastic surgeons are highly experienced at scar management and place the incisions where they are hidden under clothing, even lowcut options. Also, our advanced suturing techniques make it possible to heal with a thinner, less conspicuous scar.