Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty commonly known as a tummy tuck, is one of the fastest growing elective surgeries in the last ten years.  Even though you may be close to your ideal weight, the extra skin and loosened muscles my still give you that “pot belly” appearance.  Diet and exercise may reduce excess fat but the skin elasticity prevents that flat tighter appearance.  It can even affect the proper fit of your clothes.

Several patients have this procedure when they have excess or loose sagging skin, or when their stomach muscles have weakened with pregnancy, aging or even excessive weight loss.  If this sounds familiar, a tummy tuck may be a good choice for you.  Each year thousands of men and women have an abdominoplasty and experience no major complications.

Carefully following Dr. Simmond’s instructions before and after surgery minimize such risks. All medical conditions will be discussed, past and present medications and nutritional supplements will be reviewed.  Dr Simmonds requires an EKG (depending on age and health) and lab work prior to surgery.  As with any surgery, Dr. Simmond’s will review risks and benefits with you.

The tummy tuck procedure is done under general anesthesia, which takes about 2 1/2 hours.  The incision is just above the pubic hairline and is hipbone to hipbone in length and generally takes about a year to fade.  The first few days to a week you will walk hunched over because of the muscle tightening.  Most of your discomfort  can be controlled with pain medications prescribed by Dr. Simmonds. 

You will need a special ordered compression garment to be worn for six weeks .  Full recovery takes about 6 months, however most patients may resume many of their normal activities within two weeks.  Some of the activities you will need to restrict for 6 weeks are exercise, strenuous work, heavy lifting and swimming.  Direct exposure to sunlight on the scars should be avoided for 6 months and will cause the scars to darken.  Dr Simmonds recommends no driving for two weeks.  It is our goal to give you back a flatter, tighter abdominal profile.

Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck

A fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty is a procedure to remove excess skin from the abdominal area and tighten the abdominal muscles by making a T-shaped vertical and horizontal incision in the center of the abdomen, in a fleur-de-lis shape. This procedure is recommended for patients that have more than expected excess skin in the front of the body, usually seen after gastric bypass surgery due to massive weight loss.


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