Tummy tuck surgery is designed to address excess abdominal tissue that protrudes around the tummy and midsection. By removing excess tissue and repairing the ab muscles, Dr. Howrigan can give you a flatter, firmer abdomen.
A tummy tuck procedure can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures in post-weight loss body contouring.
Many patients who undergo a tummy tuck in Boston have experienced pregnancy or significant weight loss, leaving stretched excess skin on the abdomen. This condition can be difficult or impossible to correct through diet and exercise.
If you have a protruding abdomen as a result of pregnancy or weight loss, you may be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Howrigan.
The tummy tuck procedure is a relatively extensive operation, so it’s not recommended for patients who have certain health problems such as hypertension, smoking, obesity, diabetes mellitus and various cardiac conditions.
Each patient will have unique considerations and realistic aesthetic goals. In general, the doctor will aim to achieve the following:
There are several different techniques utilized in this procedure. Dr. Howrigan may recommend a traditional tummy tuck, mini-tuck, or lipo-abdominoplasty. The choice depends on the conditions you present during consultation.
A typical tummy tuck in Boston requires about 2-4 hours under general anesthesia. First, the incision is planned and marked, a process in which Dr. Howrigan identifies an area of your abdomen where scars can easily be concealed. General anesthesia is administered, sometimes in combination with a muscle relaxer for repair of the muscles.
The doctor makes an incision across the lower abdomen, following the natural contour. Stretched abdominal muscles are repaired with sutures, skin is removed and re-draped, while liposuction is used to remove a limited amount of fat. The navel may be remodeled or relocated in certain cases. Incisions are then closed with sutures.
After surgery, the doctor will apply a gauze dressing and mild compression to the area. You will probably be advised to walk around within 12-18 hours, during which time you will manage discomfort with pain medications. Drains may be used to remove excess fluid.
Expect about 2-3 weeks of downtime after a tummy tuck. After the first week, the sutures will be removed. A compression garment will often need to be worn for several weeks beyond the recovery period. Dr. Howrigan will monitor your results and recovery closely during follow-up appointments.
What questions do you have about a tummy tuck? Get answers about surgery, possible side effects, costs and more during your consultation with Boston area plastic surgeon Dr. Peggy Howrigan. Contact us today by phone or email to schedule an appointment.