TUMMY TUCK / ABDOMINOPLASTY
Great candidates for this procedure are women and men who maintain a healthy diet and exercise program but still experience loose or folds of excess skin and a protruding abdomen.
A Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, and most importantly, tighten and reposition the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Women who have had multiple pregnancies, or who have accomplished substantial weight loss and have stretched the skin and muscles beyond the point at which they can return to their original form, will receive wonderful benefits from this surgery.
The procedure flattens and tightens the abdominal area and, for those who have lost skin elasticity, it will remove, tighten and reshape the skin that is left behind, achieving a more attractive abdominal profile and a curvy, more beautifully flattering figure overall.
Typically, this procedure takes three to four hours under regional anesthesia (peridural).The incision is made low on the abdomen and can be hidden by even the most revealing swimwear or clothing. Once the excess skin and fat are removed, internal ligaments are tightened and firmed up with every effort made to preserve a natural and youthful looking belly button. If needed, surgeries like liposuction, fat transfer to the buttocks and hips or a tubal ligation can also be performed at this time. Dr. Carmina will discuss everything with you when doing your evaluation and again before your surgery.
Tummy Tuck variations
We offer Modified, Traditional, Extended and Circumferential Tummy Tucks.
Modified also referred to as a Mini Tummy Tuck is for patients with a small amount of excess skin in the abdominal area.
Traditional or typical TT is the removal of excess fat and skin along with the tightening of the muscles of the abdominal wall to create a flat and firmer midsection.
Extended and Circumferential is an extension of the Traditional TT and usually is for after weight loss patients or women who have had various pregnancies.
You can rely on the expertise and thousands of hours of experience as a surgeon that Dr. Carmina has, you can also have complete confidence in her evaluation and selection of the very best surgical options for you.
What to expect after surgery
Following a Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty you will stay the first night in the clinic, and then 7 to 14 days close by to begin your recovery program. We highly recommend you stay in our Beauty Care Recovery House with our professional 24 hour nursing team and a daily visit from Dr.Carmina.
Drains may be placed for several days then painlessly removed. Your after care, just as your surgery, is designed for your personal needs. Within 24 hours you will be able to walk and move around and possibly shower on the second or third day after surgery. Moderate pain is typical for the first four to five days and is easily controlled by medications. Bruising is unusual and swelling will be moderate for the first to the third week. Some swelling may linger near the incision for several months. Many everyday activities can be resumed within the first week and most by four to six weeks.
You will receive your recovery program instructions when leaving to return home.
Please remember that your Recovery Care is extremely important to the outcome of your surgical procedure and should be in the hands of medical professionals for the first 7 to 14 days depending on the patients individual needs.
One of your most important decisions regarding a Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty surgery is the choice of your plastic surgeon. As with all procedures performed here at Beauty Enhance, our fully accredited facility, you can feel safe and secure with Dr. Carmina Cardenas, Board Certified Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
Dr. Carmina performs her surgeries meticulously, with safely her 1st priority, using the latest technology combined with her artistic ability, always offering the finest care and service to all of her patients.
The results of this procedure can be thrilling, like a dream come true. You will have a flatter and firmer abdomen, and a beautifully curvy contoured waistline, fitting better in clothing resulting in a more youthfully beautiful body.