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TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLSTY) AT ADVANCED BODY SCULPTING OF NEW ENGALND
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A “Tummy Tuck”, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdominal area and strengthens the muscle wall, resulting in a flat abdomen and narrowed waistline. Unlike liposuction surgery, which just removes fat, this operation involves the removal of excess skin and fat, with the tightening of the abdominal muscles (diastasis rectus). For this reason, it is more extensive than liposuction. A Tummy Tuck often includes tumescent liposuction and/or SmartLipo laser lipoplasty, particularly of the flanks and lower back. This results in a tighter waistline and sculpted back that reduces the “love handles” and “bra bulge” areas.
The Tummy Tuck is done in an outpatient setting in Advanced Body Sculpting of New England’s AAAHC-accredited office-based surgery center in Fall River, Massachusetts. The surgery usually takes approximately 3 to 5 hours and depends on a variety of factors including the amount of excess skin, the laxity of the abdominal muscles, and the amount of fatty tissue removed during liposuction. All tummy tucks are performed under intravenous conscious sedation and tumescent local anesthesia.
Prior to a Tummy Tuck surgery, a careful history and physical exam is performed by Dr. Mark X. Lowney to ensure that the patient is an appropriate candidate. A comprehensive lab panel is also reviewed. On the day of the pre-operative visit, the informed consent, pre-operative and post-operative instructions are meticulously reviewed and the patient is fitted with a compression garment. On the day of the surgery, the amount of skin that is to be removed and the areas of fat to be liposuctioned are carefully marked. An incision is made in the bikini line and the excess skin is pulled down and inward and is removed with underlying fatty tissue. The weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and tightened as required, the skin carefully re-draped and the incision closed with several layers of absorbable suture. A drain is usually placed under the skin and is removed in 2 to 7 days. Recovery time is usually 7 to 10 days based on the specific procedure performed.
What Makes An Advanced Body Sculpting Tummy Tuck Different?
Mark X. Lowney MD takes an artistic approach to helping patients regain a more youthful figure with the tummy tuck procedure. He uses refined techniques to create the significantly smaller scars compared to the traditional tummy tuck. He also performs liposculpture with SmartLipo laser technology to give patients the best results possible by contouring the waist, lower back, bra bulge area, and mons area and to flatten the abdomen. Most surgeons do not combine abdominal, flank, bra bulge and mons liposuction with a tummy tuck but Dr Lowney always does. The combination allows for a more contoured abdomen and back, i.e. “your entire core” and significantly increases patient satisfaction.
At Advanced Body Sculpting of New England, Dr. Lowney performs the tummy tuck with a low bikini scar, the shortest scar possible. With this procedure, the scar is lower and well hidden allowing most patients to wear a bikini without visible scars. The procedure and the incision point are tailored to each patient’s goals and lifestyle.
Dr. Mark X. Lowney also offers a unique procedure called the “Mini Tummy Tuck”. This procedure is ideal for the patient who has a low “pooch” of loose skin below the belly button. He uses liposuction to remove the excess fat, and then removes the excess skin. With a Mini Tummy Tuck, there is no need to suture the muscle wall and re-create the belly button. He only removes the excess skin or “pooch” and often-in combination with a small amount of liposuction. Dr. Mark X. Lowney will determine if you are a candidate for the Mini Tummy Tuck, lipoabdominoplasty (Avelar Tummy Tuck) or standard Tummy Tuck procedure. His ultimate goal is for your satisfaction and an improved, natural appearance without any obvious signs of surgery. Whether you want to wear a bikini in confidence or show off your new belly button, Dr Mark X. Lowney is here to help you along that journey.
Who Is A Good Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?
- Women and Men
- Ages 25 to 65
- Generally in good health
- Desire a flatter stomach, stronger abdominal muscles and sculpted waistline
- Is close to ideal body weight (within 30% and or BMI <30)
- Weight has been stable for 6 months or more
- Is emotionally stable
- Is able to understand the risks vs. benefits to abdominoplasty surgery and scarring
- Women who are finished with childbearing
What Happens Before and During a Tummy Tuck Procedure at Advanced Body Sculpting of New England?
During the consult, double-board certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Mark X. Lowney will spend as much time as you need to go over every detail of the surgery from start to finish including taking a careful history, doing a physical exam, and making sure you are a good candidate for this procedure. A comprehensive preoperative blood work panel will drawn to make sure you are healthy. A smoking cessation program will be initiated if you are a smoker as it is an absolute prerequisite that you quit smoking 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after (hopefully forever) your surgery. Detailed pre-operative and post-operative instructions including medications, nutritional supplements and vitamins will be reviewed and prescribed.
On the day of the tummy tuck surgery, a board certified nurse anesthetist will meet with you and start an intravenous line. Special stockings will be placed on your legs to help prevent blood clots and pictures will be taken. The areas to be liposuctioned will then be marked as well as the skin that is to be removed. The operation is usually carried out under intravenous conscious sedation and local tumescent solution (no intubation/breathing tube). The incision is made in the bikini line and excess skin is pulled down and inward and is removed along with stretch marks and underlying fatty tissue. The rectus abdominus “six-pack” muscles are then tightened and the skin is re-draped and the incision closed with several layers of dissolvable sutures.
A drain is usually placed between the skin and the muscle and is removed in 3 to 7 days. In most cases, the belly button will have a circular incision around it because of the amount of skin removed. It is not true that the belly button is removed during the procedure. You keep your existing belly button, however, it will look smaller and more aesthetically pleasing because the surrounding skin is now tighter after the tummy tuck.
How Long is the Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Depending on how much liposuction needs to be performed, it typically can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.
What Kind of Anesthesia is used to Perform Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Abdominoplasty surgery can be performed totally under local tumescent anesthesia. Dr. Mark X. Lowney combines intravenous conscious sedation with local tumescent anesthesia which reduces the incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting as well as providing up to 12 hours of pain relief.
What is the Recovery Like After Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Following tummy tuck surgery, a compression garment is worn for 4 to 6 weeks. As aforementioned, a drain is kept in place for 3 to 7 days to keep fluid from accumulating between the abdominal muscle and skin. There may be considerable discomfort requiring narcotic pain medication for several days after the surgery but most patients begin resuming limited activity within 24 hours. One will have to walk slightly bent over for 1 week and sleep in a reclining chair for a few days.
What are the Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
As with all surgical procedures, the most common risks include bleeding and infection. Prior to any surgical procedure performed, Dr. Mark X. Lowney takes a comprehensive history, performs a physical exam, and checks blood work to make sure it is safe to proceed with the operation. Other possible risks include DVT (deep venous thrombosis) or blood clots which can spread to the lungs. It is important to stay well hydrated before and after the surgery as well as begin movement promptly after surgery even if it is uncomfortable. Dr Lowney will provide you with a list of special exercises you can do immediately after surgery as well as medications you can take to prevent DVT’s, bleeding, and infection.
What Can You Do To Minimize Tummy Tuck Scars?
Patients need to realize that the tummy tuck scar although hidden in the bikini area, is sizable and may thicken or widen requiring later revision. Dr. Mark X. Lowney does emphasize the use of some special scar creams which may help the scar soften and fade over time which may take up to 1 year. With Fitzpatrick 5 and 6 skin types (African American and Indian) there is the potential for keloid formation which may need further medical treatments and/or surgical revision.
When Can One Return to Work?
Most people are able to return to work in 7 to 10 days if they have desk job. If their employment entails physical labor, 3 to 4 weeks off will be required.
When Can One Begin to Exercise Again?
It is important to start walking immediately after tummy tuck surgery in order to prevent blood clots from forming in the legs. One can start using an elliptical machine and/or stationary bike within 1 week. Weight training and abdominal exercises must be put off for 1 month.
When Will One See The Final Result?
There will be dramatic results seen immediately following tummy tuck surgery especially when combined with total core liposuction as performed by Dr. Mark X. Lowney. One will continue to see improvement for up to 6 months with body contouring as well as scar improvement.
Is There Anything One Can Do To Hasten The Final Results of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Although people heal at different rates, at Advanced Body Sculpting of New England we offer post surgical endermologie (lymphatic drainage) massage using advanced Celluderm technology to help your body heal faster and achieve your final results in half the time. We encourage twice-weekly Celluderm massage treatments starting within 2 weeks of your surgery which is performed in our MediSpa by trained professionals.
What Is the Cost Of A Tummy Tuck?
The average cost of a Tummy Tuck at Advanced Body Sculpting of New England is about ranges from $7500 to $10,500. A Mini Tummy Tuck begins at $6500. Your specific quote will depend on a variety of factors such as your specific anatomy and fat volume.
When comparing prices at different cosmetic or plastic surgery centers, it is important to know that the total cost of your surgery will include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs and the facility fee for the operating room. Some surgery centers bundle the price of the procedure into one total fee and others may only quote you their surgeon’s fee so their prices seem less.