Dr. Douglas provides commentary for this ASPS sponsored video about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery. Watch the video to learn more about restoring your figure after pregnancy or weight loss.
Dr. Trent Douglas:
Abdominoplasty surgery is a very powerful body contouring surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. In many cases, muscle repair is also performed, which facilitates a smoother, firmer, more toned, and proportionate abdominal contour. Patients who are seeking abdominoplasty come in with several reasons. Most commonly in women of childbearing age, it’s from having one or more pregnancies that have stretched out the lower abdomen and the muscles. Patients who have lost quite a bit of weight are also good candidates. For some people, just the normal aging process and heredity can be contributing factors that make them good candidates for abdominoplasty.
The steps for abdominoplasty involve making a low incision transversely, roughly hip bone to hip bone. An extra incision is usually needed around the bellybutton to facilitate optimal skin stretching and excision. The skin and subcutaneous tissues are then lifted. When those steps are done, we evaluate the abdominal musculature and if stretched out from pregnancies or from weight loss, repair the muscles to tighten and firm the abdomen.
After those steps are completed, the excess skin is removed and excised, then the incisions are closed. Sometimes we use small drains, little plastic tubes underneath the skin to help evacuate any fluid or blood that might collect. When the incisions are closed, we put dressings on and put the patient in a post-operative compression garment to help with healing and to keep the swelling down.
The recovery from tummy tuck surgery can take several weeks. The first couple weeks are spent with the patient in a slightly bent position, to avoid having extra stress on the healing wound. After the first couple of weeks, patients are usually more active, they’re not taking as much pain medicine and they’re starting to resume their usual activities. If drains are used, they’re usually removed within the first week to two weeks after surgery and patients continue to wear the compression garment for a couple of days after the drains are removed.
I enjoy being able to wear clothes that I wasn’t able to fit into before, not worry about tightness around my waist when I’m wearing pants, and not seeing rolls. I just love that I can look down