ABOUT TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
For women and men alike, hanging skin in the abdominal region can be frustrating, especially since you can’t fix it with diet or exercise. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the common reasons why you may not be able to attain a slim and tight abdomen. A tummy tuck is a body contouring enhancement that trims and contours the abdominal region, creating an attractive outcome. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan performs tummy tuck surgery that varies on the condition of the abdomen. This cosmetic treatment at Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR gives you the opportunity to have a toned, slimmer abdomen and renewed confidence. Read more about how an abdominoplasty can eliminate excess skin while it also tightens the abdominal muscles, then contact us to schedule your consultation.
Tummy tuck surgery can be performed on both men and women. If you cannot lose or reduce loose skin in your stomach, abdominoplasty can help create a slimmer and more toned look. Dr. Aghayan recommends you be at a healthy weight before undergoing this procedure. Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure — it surgically corrects loose skin. A form of liposuction is often incorporated during the procedure to reduce small amounts of fat. Women interested in abdominoplasty should not be planning to get pregnant after their surgery so that the results are not impacted.
Tummy tuck surgery is usually performed as an outpatient surgery using general anesthesia. There are several options to be considered with an abdominoplasty, which will be selected based on your needs. To start, the incision shape and size is chosen to match the amount and location of excess skin. Some individuals with severe hanging skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. This method makes the incision from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic section. Some individuals who have minimal skin laxity may be better candidates for a smaller incision. These patients still benefit from tummy tuck surgery but will simply have a smaller scar.
WHAT TO EXPECT
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to decrease swelling. Walking and standing will be hard to accomplish for a while so you should take it easy for a couple days. Resuming normal movement becomes less painful once the muscles relax and the incision heals. You should be able to resume normal activities somewhere around two weeks. Workouts can begin around eight weeks or earlier if you are given permission by Dr. Aghayan. The midsection may feel sore and tight at first, but you will feel normal again once your recovery is complete.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At your consultation, Dr. Aghayan will create your unique procedure plan to reach your unique concerns and goals before estimating costs. They will be able to better estimate your costs once the type of abdominoplasty, the technique, the anesthesia, and other factors are decided. To ensure you get high-quality results from an experienced plastic surgeon, Après Plastic Surgery makes it easier to afford your tummy tuck by taking several payment methods and giving you information on low-interest medical financing.
- What type of tummy tuck should I get?
You will probably get one of the three most common techniques for abdominoplasty: full, extended, or mini. During your initial consultation, Dr. Aghayan will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical exam. Then, they can help you decide the technique that will produce your best results. A full abdominoplasty is better if you would like to address loose skin in both the lower and upper stomach, whereas a mini abdominoplasty is better for problems under your belly button, such as a “pooch.” The extended technique can address issues in the stomach, plus your upper thighs and hips.
- What will my scars look like?
The incisions needed for your abdominoplasty will vary based on which technique is being used. During all tummy tucks, Dr. Aghayan use the smallest, thinnest incisions needed to minimize scarring. The surgeons also place incisions in areas that are less visible (through the belly button or in the pubic region) so they may be easily hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions so your incisions heal properly and eventually blend into your natural skin.
- Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Although you may still get pregnant following an abdominoplasty, it will likely affect your results. Dr. Aghayan strongly encourages that female patients be finished building their family before they get an abdominoplasty. If you do become pregnant following your tummy tuck, another surgery may be done to refresh your results.
- Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine a second surgery with an abdominoplasty to get more dramatic results. At your initial consultation with Dr. Aghayan, talk to them about all of your desires so a comprehensive surgical plan may be created to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with a thighplasty for a lower body lift or other areas for body contouring. If you want to rejuvenate your whole body after having children or losing a lot of weight, you might be a candidate for after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover.
GET A TIGHTER TUMMY
A variety of factors can result in a sagging tummy that leaves behind loose skin. We understand it can be almost impossible to correct — surgery is usually the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having loose skin in your abdominal region, skin tightening surgery by Dr. Aghayan in Portland, OR can help you get the body you want. Contact Après Plastic Surgery for more information on tummy tuck surgery.