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The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, procedure can be helpful for men and women alike who suffer from excess skin and fat on the abdomen, and stretched abdominal muscles. The procedure is especially beneficial for those who have undergone major weight loss or pregnancy and who have a surplus of loose skin in the abdomen as a result. Going beyond the limitations of liposuction to remove excess fat alone, the tummy tuck procedure removes excess skin and tightens weak muscles.
For those who only need work in the lower abdomen, the mini tuck is an option. In this procedure, only the area from the lower abdomen to the navel is targeted. For the full tummy tuck, both the tissues above and below the navel are treated.
Who Should Consider a Tummy Tuck?
People who undergo tummy tucks often complain that their midsection will not shrink despite changes in diet and exercise. For these individuals, the biggest problem is that weight loss has resulted in a surplus of loose abdominal skin that will not shrink on its own. If you’re considering a tummy tuck procedure, you should be in good general health, have a stable body weight, and maintain realistic expectations about cosmetic surgery.
Among the many benefits of the tummy tuck are the following:
- Firm abdominal skin
- Visible muscle tone
- Flat abdomen
- Youthful lower abdomen and navel
What to Expect During Your Tummy Tuck
Your tummy tuck will be performed at the Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The procedure is most often conducted using general anesthesia, though intravenous sedation is also an option.
Once the incisions are marked and the anesthesia is administered, Dr. Mandell-Brown will make a horizontal incision that is planned to be hidden along your bikini line. At this time he will repair any weak abdominal muscles with internal sutures. The excess skin and fat are removed. For the full tummy tuck, a new opening is made for the navel. Dr Mandell-Brown spends significant time recreating as natural a belly button as possible. To finish your tummy tuck, the skin is redraped and the incisions are closed with layers of dissolvable sutures.
What is Recovery Like?
Recovery from the tummy tuck is estimated at about one to two weeks. The surgical drains will be removed within approximately one week after the tummy tuck. Patients begin walking immediately after surgery. The elastic abdominal compression binder will be worn for several weeks following surgery.
Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown is nationally recognized for his superb results and teaches other doctors how to perform tummy tuck surgery. He is recognized for his artistic and Natural Look tummy tuck. Call (513) 984-4700, or send an email with any questions about the tummy tuck procedure, or to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Mandell-Brown.
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