If you’re one of those unlucky people who have tried diet and exercise, but just can’t get rid of your stubborn love handles, excess skin, or belly bulge, abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, can help. In Michigan, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Pramit Malhotra offers tummy tuck surgery to help his patients restore their abdominal contours, remove excess skin in their midsection, and/or tighten their abdominal muscles to create a more toned appearance.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery
A tummy tuck, technically called abdominoplasty, in our Michigan practice may significantly increase your self-image and self-confidence. Common benefits of this procedure include the following:
- Realigning the stomach muscles
- Removing excessive fat and skin around the abdomen
- Creating a new belly button (umbilicus)
Insider Tips for Tummy Tuck Surgery
For women and men considering a tummy tuck surgery, see these insider tips from Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. Pramit Malhotra:
- The edges of the incision are often full after a standard tummy tuck, so talk to your surgeon about liposuction to prevent these areas from protruding after surgery.
- Ask your surgeon to discuss how low your incision will be. If you want to wear low-rise jeans or swimwear, this can be very important.
- Look closely at the surgeon’s before and after pictures. The belly-button incision should be hidden inside, but often is not.
- Ask your surgeon how he or she prevents blood clots from forming in your legs during and following surgery.
- Discuss a “Mommy Makeover” with your surgeon. The combination of a breast augmentation or breast lift with a tummy tuck can have a multiplier effect in restoring your pre-pregnancy figure and giving you a beautiful hourglass shape.
Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery in Michigan
Abdominoplasty surgery may be an option for women and men who have tried dieting and exercise but still cannot get rid of the fat around the abdomen. It is important that patients have realistic goals and expectations for this procedure.
The standard procedure for tummy tuck surgery at our Michigan practice commonly begins with an incision just above the pubic bone area. This incision should be as low as possible across the lower abdomen. The skin is then stretched and pulled down, and excess skin is removed. If the abdominal muscles have spread apart, they are sutured together and tightened to re-align the muscles.
Dr. Malhotra specializes in lateral tension abdominoplasty, which improves upon the traditional tummy tuck in the following ways:
- Shapes the waist by bringing the extra skin down and in to accentuate the waistline
- Builds a new belly button with parachute sutures to hide this scar inside the umbilicus
- Minimizes the length of your incision by adding liposuction on the edges of the skin
- Places the incision as low as possible so all types of jeans and bathing suits can be worn
A PowerTuck, offered by Dr. Pramit Malhotra, is a procedure pairing that combines the aesthetic benefits of liposuction with a tummy tuck at his Michigan practice. While each individual procedure is intended to address abdominal contours, one focuses on eliminating excess fat, while the other focuses on eliminating excess skin and tightening muscles. As complementary surgeries, liposuction and tummy tuck are intended to create a sleek profile in patients who choose a PowerTuck.
By performing a PowerTuck, Dr. Malhotra gives patients the full benefit of fat removal via liposuction and of profile slimming and muscle tightening via a tummy tuck. The aesthetic benefits conveyed by both procedures can be realized with one surgical visit instead of two separate visits. This arrangement also minimizes down time and allows for the realization of immediate visual impact. Patients will find that they should expect to take about two weeks off to recuperate and heal. In that span, some women who’ve experienced the procedure reported dropping four dress sizes.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Not everyone needs a full abdominoplasty to have a flat abdomen. For these patients, a mini tummy tuck surgery is ideal. In our Michigan practice, many patients have excess skin and some muscle looseness, but only below their belly button. These patients are often very fit and of normal weight, but they cannot lose that stubborn bulge in the lower part of their abdomen. Typically that bulge does not decrease with exercise or dieting because of a permanent stretch in the abdominal muscles, which can only be restored surgically. A mini tummy tuck surgery offers Michigan patients these benefits:
- Smaller and lower incision
- Leaves the belly button intact
- Allows for muscle tightening below the umbilicus
For a full tummy tuck surgery, Michigan patients should plan to take 10 to 14 days off of work. Mini tummy tuck patients can take less time off.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
This surgery, also known as an abdominoplasty, reduces the appearance of fullness around a person’s midsection. A doctor, such as Dr. Pramit Malhotra, can help a patient achieve a slimmer, more toned look by creating an incision below the navel, removing some excess fat and loose skin, tightening muscles in the area as necessary, pulling the remaining abdominal skin tight, and suturing the now-tighter skin into place.
Can a Tummy Tuck Address Stretch Marks?
Tummy tuck is a popular procedure because it addresses a flabby midsection by eliminating unwanted fat and excess skin. An abdominoplasty creates a slim, sleek profile. Though it is not primarily intended to treat such dermatological issues as stretch marks, a tummy tuck can still help generate a beneficial visual impact because of the skin that is removed. Stretch marks do not need to be treated cosmetically if they are eliminated.
Patients who are interested in the details of an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, should know that the cosmetic surgery procedure was developed to correct a loose abdomen that may continue to have a flabby appearance even after a patient has lost a significant amount of weight.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Recovery Involve?
A tummy tuck ultimately creates a flatter stomach with greater definition, but is not intended to be a weight-loss procedure. Patients should consider a tummy tuck at a healthy weight that is very close to their ideal weight. Being in good health will also help the surgery to run smoothly, and can aid with recovery. Other factors that can improve a patient’s recovery experience may include ceasing smoking, getting plenty of rest before the plastic surgery procedure, eating well, and following any instructions you receive from the team of professionals that are working with you.
Generally, you can expect pressure to be applied to the abdominal area to minimize swelling. This can be bandages or a compression garment. Another anti-swelling measure involves inserting small tubes that allow for blood and other fluids that can accumulate to drain out of the surgical site. Dr. Pramit Malhotra and his staff will provide any necessary instruction on how to care for yourself after a tummy tuck, including how to remove and change bandages, how to prevent infection, what to watch for to ensure healing is proceeding as expected, and when to call with questions.
A good rule of thumb is to expect a break from strenuous activity for six or so weeks after your abdominoplasty.
Should I Consider a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
Patients frequently come to Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery in Michigan with a desire for a flatter stomach, but are unsure of whether they should choose lipo or a tummy tuck to achieve their goal. The two procedures target different aspects of an undesirable-looking belly: Liposuction is the surgical removal of fatty tissue from a specific area, while a tummy tuck focuses primarily on eliminating loose, drooping skin and tightening the abdominal region. The surgeries can be performed separately or together, so a closer look at what each does is warranted.
Essentially, the procedure involves a small 1 centimeter or less incision, the insertion of a hollow tube, and the vacuum-like removal of a specific amount of fat. Lipo is intended for aesthetic reasons, not as a method of weight loss. A potential result of this procedure is less pinchable fat, but continued looseness of the skin. This is due to skin that remains behind and sags once the underlying fat has been removed.
A tummy tuck, as the name implies, is a surgical procedure that focuses on the abdomen. While it may involve some amount of fat removal, it is actually made up of several components that work in conjunction to give a patient a slimmer look. In general, loose, deflated skin is pulled tight and the excess is removed. An abdominoplasty does also include incisions made to preserve a belly button in its proper location, as well as the surgical tightening of abdominal muscles and tissues that have grown lax.
Liposuction may be enough to achieve a desired look. On the other hand, fat removal might not be necessary due to a patient’s own efforts to lose weight, and solely loose skin can be the issue.