There are a variety of reasons that patients may choose to pursue a tummy tuck. Many people see their body change due to aging, weight loss or gain, pregnancy, trauma or stress. This can affect the way patients feel about themselves. Body contouring procedures can restore a more youthful and aesthetic body shape.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck eliminates unwanted fat and skin from the lower abdomen. A tummy tuck is especially common in women whose abdomens have stretched due to childbirth, as it provides them with a tighter, flatter stomach. For some patients, Dr. Rednam must further tighten their abdominal muscles in order to give the patients aesthetic contouring.
There are a variety of tummy tuck options available. Depending on the patient and their desired outcome, any one of these techniques can be a good option.
Abdominoplasty: Dr. Rednam removes excess fat and skin tissue from the stomach, to provide patients with a toned abdomen. This includes the tightening of abdominal muscles, as well as liposuction.
Mini Tummy Tuck: A mini abdominoplasty focuses on minimizing the fat and excess skin in the lower abdomen only. This procedure is great for individuals with good abdominal contours, with minimal stomach laxity.
Liposuction: Dr. Rednam uses liposuction to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to exercise and dieting. In the right patient, liposuction can offer a slimmer appearance in the stomach, arms, love handles, thighs, breasts and back.
SmartLipo™: This type of liposuction uses a laser to make the fat elimination process gentler on the body, to provide patients with decreased downtime and increased skin tightening.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Results from a tummy tuck are both immediate and progressive. They improve as swelling decreases and scarring fades. It takes about six weeks to recover from an abdominoplasty. Those with office jobs can return to work after about two weeks.
Once surgery is complete, Dr. Rednam consults with each individual patient to give them the proper post-operative care instructions. Patients may be advised to wear compression garments with drainage tubes to help them heal as best as possible.
Typically, liposuction only requires a downtime of a couple of days. Afterwards many patients return to their daily activities without problem