Weight loss, weight gain, and pregnancy can result in stretched skin and loss of definition in the midsection and make you feel self-conscious about your figure.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat, correct separated abdominal muscles, and tighten the remaining tissue to restore a lean, toned midsection.
So why should you choose Hurwitz Center in Pittsburgh, PA, for your tummy tuck?
Achieve Dramatic, Lasting Effects with a Tummy Tuck
For many patients, targeting excess skin and fat is simply the most effective way to create a slimmer abdomen.
While recovery may take a few weeks, our surgeons achieve rapid results with an abdominoplasty.
A proper diet and exercise, as well as staying at a healthy weight, can maintain your results for years to come.
What Happens during Abdominoplasty Surgery?
Tummy Tucks Are Very Common
Abdominoplasty Can Address a Variety of Issues
If you have excess, sagging skin in your abdomen, the Hurwitz Center can remove and tighten this tissue during a tummy tuck.
Pregnancy can weaken and damage the muscles in your abdomen and cause your stomach to protrude.
Poor Skin Elasticity
A tummy tuck can also address poor elasticity in the abdominal skin, smoothing the area for a more toned appearance.
Dr. Hurwitz can remove or refine tissue suffering from stretch marks during the abdominoplasty procedure.
Some Excess Fat
You can combine your tummy tuck with liposuction to remove excess fat and tighten the area, providing significant results.
Determining Your Candidacy
When considering an abdominoplasty, you should first ask yourself a few questions:
- Do you have fat and skin in your midsection that resists diet and exercise?
- Are you planning on having children?
- Do you have plans to lose a significant amount of weight?
- Are you concerned about having scars?
You should also alert your surgeon of any health conditions or allergies. They can determine your candidacy for this procedure during an initial consultation.
Is Treatment Right for Me?
Tummy tuck surgery is not designed to help patients lose weight. Rather, it is a way to address stretched and separated tissues following weight loss and childbirth.
Closer Look at the Surgical Procedure
Abdominoplasties Performed in a Certified Surgery Center
Our Private Operating Room
One of the advantages of choosing our Pittsburgh practice is that we have the tools, training, and technology to perform procedures in our own outpatient operating room. The clinic is accredited, private, and convenient for patients undergoing treatment at our practice. It is certified for use by the American Association of Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF). We can administer various levels of sedation so that you can remain comfortable throughout your visit.
Planning Your Treatment
Patients interested in undergoing abdominoplasty will first need to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons. During your initial consultation, we will ask about your cosmetic goals and medical history. We will also perform a physical examination to determine whether a tummy tuck can help you achieve the results you desire.
Based on your goals and unique anatomy, your plastic surgeon may recommend a tummy tuck or an alternative body contouring procedure. In many cases, he will combine abdominoplasty with VASERlipo®, an advanced form of liposuction which employs gentle ultrasound technology to provide significant results. We can also help you choose between a full and mini tummy tuck.
Full Tummy Tuck
If you have significant skin folds due to age, weight loss, or multiple pregnancies, your plastic surgeon will recommend a full tummy tuck. This procedure uses an incision from hip to hip in the pubic area, which can be hidden by undergarments after surgery. With this technique, your plastic surgeon has more access to the abdomen, allowing for more comprehensive and dramatic results.
Mini Tummy Tuck
For patients in relatively good shape, a mini tummy tuck may be sufficient to provide the desired results. Generally, this technique is most effective if you wish to address loose skin and fat below the belly button. Mini tummy tucks are typically shorter and require less recovery time. However, this procedure may not provide results for patients with more extensive concerns.
Abdominoplasty as Part of a Total Body Lift
Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight may wish to include abdominoplasty as part of a total body lift. This procedure is designed to eliminate sagging and excess skin all over the body after dramatic weight loss, offering enhanced contours and an improved quality of life.
Preparing for Your Procedure
There are several steps you can take before your tummy tuck to help minimize discomfort during recovery:
- Quit smoking: Tobacco products can interfere with your healing process. We typically recommend patients stop smoking from at least two weeks before surgery to two weeks after.
- Eat well-balanced meals: Do not try to diet before surgery. Instead, you should maintain a healthy diet to help you heal better.
- Arrange a ride home from surgery: Tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia so you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night after surgery.
- Run your errands: Picking up medications, food, and other supplies before your procedure can make the recovery process easier and more enjoyable.
You should also provide your surgeon with a complete list of everything you take, including medications and herbal supplements. We may instruct you to change your prescription before surgery to avoid complications.
What to Expect during Surgery
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere from one to five hours to complete. It requires a horizontal incision several inches below your navel. For patients who need minimal tissue reduction, the incision may be just a few inches wide. For patients who require more extensive treatment, the incision can reach to either hip or the full circumference of the midsection.
Through the incision, your plastic surgeon removes fatty tissue using liposuction, tighten separated abdominal muscles, and remove excess skin. Finally, he will carefully close the incisions in a way that typically results in minimal, subdued scarring.*
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Tummy tuck patients will need to rest for two to four weeks before returning to work, depending on the extent of surgery. Following surgery, you will wear a special compression garment to help you skin conform to your new contours as you heal. We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery.
For at least two weeks following surgery, you will need to refrain from any strenuous physical activity. You can expect to experience some bruising and soreness surrounding your abdominal area, and we determine the best way to manage this discomfort.
Once your incisions have healed and the swelling surrounding your abdominal area has begun to subside, you should begin to see the results of your tummy tuck surgery.*
Maintaining Your Results following Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty offers dramatic results that can last a lifetime. However, to maintain their new figure, patients must practice healthy lifestyle habits, as significant weight gain can negate the effects of treatment. To maintain tummy tuck results, we recommend eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly. Your diet should consist of whole grains, lean proteins, fresh produce, and low-fat dairy products. An appropriate exercise regimen includes 30 minutes of cardio activity five to seven days a week.
Are you frustrated by stubborn fat deposits that just won't respond to diet and exercise?
Our plastic surgeons provide traditional, ultrasonic, and radiofrequency-assisted liposuction for patients in Pittsburgh, PA, to eliminate excess fat and help you achieve the lean contours you desire.
Tummy Tuck Cost Factors
There are several factors that can affect the total cost of your tummy tuck. These may include the:
- Type of tummy tuck procedure chosen
- Specific needs of the patient
- Geographical location of your surgeon’s practice
- Experience, education, and reputation of your surgeon
- Type of anesthesia used during the procedure
To make treatment as affordable as possible, the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery offers CareCredit financing.
“I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.*” Jill's Story