TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
A sculpted, flat abdominal region is one of the most coveted physical characteristics, and is responsible for motivating countless individuals to perform seemingly endless numbers of sit-ups and crunches in the hopes of acquiring the ever elusive “six pack” abs. Additionally, many individuals suffer from the frustrating aesthetic problem of abdominal skin laxity (loose, hanging skin), which can be caused by a number of factors, such as: the natural aging process, genetics, childbirth, stress, hormonal imbalances, and significant fluctuations in weight.
Regrettably, fat pockets in the abdominal region can be extremely difficult to eliminate, and abdominal skin laxity cannot be ameliorated through proper diet and exercise alone. Fortunately, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery provides an effective solution to these problematic aesthetic issues, and can be performed to improve the appearance of a flabby or protruding stomach, and to excise surplus or hanging abdominal skin. During a tummy tuck surgery, excess fat is removed from the lower and middle abdominal region, abdominal musculature is tightened, and surplus skin is excised, resulting in a leaner, smoother abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery requires a high level of surgical accuracy and proficiency, and should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. J. Timothy Katzen. Dr. Katzen is a widely respected expert in the field of cosmetic body surgery, and has helped many patients tighten and sculpt their abdomens with tummy tuck procedures at his private practice in Beverly Hills, California. Dr.Katzen specializes in facial rejuvenation and body contouring procedures. Dr.Katzen has a broad scope of knowledge and experience performing tummy tuck surgeries. Tummy tuck surgeries are often performed as a single procedure or in combination with breast or facial procedures.
TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE AND RECOVERY
Abdominoplasty procedures are generally performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. During the surgery, Dr. Katzen will make a horizontal incision between the navel and the pubic hairline, and will then repair and suture the weakened abdominal muscles. Utilizing the same incision, he will excise any surplus abdominal fat, tissue, and skin, and (if necessary), will make a second incision around the circumference of the navel to reposition the belly button to a more aesthetically appropriate location. Your abdominoplasty results will be visually apparent immediately following your surgery. You will continue to improve over the next few months, as any residual swelling subsides. Patients are advised to abstain from all strenuous physical activity for at least six weeks following tummy tuck surgery. Depending on an individual’s healing capacity, they may need to take off one month for a full, successful recovery.
TUMMY TUCK FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
After my tummy tuck, when can I return to work?
Approximately two to three weeks after a tummy tuck, most patients can return to a desk job. About three to four weeks after a tummy tuck, most patients can return to a job that entails a significant amount of lifting or pulling.
After my tummy tuck, when can I return exercise?
At about three to four weeks, you should be able to go back to light exercise. Every patient is different and heals at a different rate. About six to eight weeks, most people can do 25% of their routine pre-operative workout. At about eight to ten weeks, most people can do 50% of the usual pre-operative workout. At about ten to twelve weeks, most people can do 75% of the routine pre-operative workout. At about twelve to fourteen weeks, most people can do 100% of the usual pre-operative workout.
After my tummy tuck, how long will I have pain?
Everyone’s pain is different after a tummy tuck. Everyone heals differently, and everyone has different tolerances to pain. Most patients will have pain after a tummy tuck. However, narcotics will be prescribed to control the pain. Almost all patient’s pain is controlled with oral medications. Most patients have some pain for five to seven days. After about one week, the pain becomes less intense and less frequent Usually by the second or third week, most of the pain is gone, and you will only rarely need to take pain medication.
After my tummy tuck, when will I see my final results?
After a tummy tuck, everyone heals at a different rate. The timing to see your “final results” after a tummy tuck ultimately depends on what your definition “final results” is. Most of the abdominal swelling is gone approximately eight weeks. The abdominal scar then takes about two years to mature. Therefore if your question regarding “final results” has to do with the complete maturation of the abdominal scar, then it will take two years. However, most patients very content with their tummy tuck results at approximately to six months
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Dr. Katzen’s practices in Las Vegas, NV and Beverly Hills, CA are built on the foundational principle of surgical customization, meaning that as a patient, you will receive a unique treatment plan, tailored to reflect your specific aesthetic preferences, and designed to bring your surgical goals to fruition. Dr. Katzen and his professional staff have created a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel secure and comfortable throughout your abdominoplasty experience.
Dr. Katzen and his professional team understand the importance of well-informed patients and will take the time to thoroughly explain your abdominoplasty procedural details and options. If you would like additional information about tummy tuck surgery in Las Vegas and Beverly Hills, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Katzen.