Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an operation to tighten abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat. Dr. Pugash will examine you and suggest an operative plan to provide the best possible result.
Some Vancouver tummy tuck patients need only a mini-tummy tuck, in which the surgery is limited to the area below the navel. However, most patients benefit from a complete tummy tuck since the entire abdomen between the ribs and the pubic area usually needs correction. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, compare the before-and-after abdominoplasty photos and explore the information below.
Patient 8: 37 years old, 3 children, 5’2″, 157 lbs. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), ultrasonic-assisted liposuction back, hips, and thighs.
Dr. Eric Pugash usually performs tummy tuck as an outpatient procedure. Occasionally, however, tummy tuck might require a one-night stay at the clinic.
Most tummy tucks begin with liposuction to reduce excess fat accumulations. Dr. Pugash uses standard, ultrasonic or power-assisted liposuction to reduce fat accumulations in the waist and hips. Although liposuction and the subsequent abdominoplasty reduce some of the excess fat, Dr. Pugash cautions his Vancouver tummy tuck patients that these are not weight loss procedures. Patients should try to lose most of their excess weight before seeking liposuction or tummy tuck – procedures that will complement the weight loss by adding contour and definition to the body.
After completing liposuction Dr. Pugash makes an incision across the lower abdomen, passing low over the pubic area and angling up over the hips. The abdominal apron is peeled up to the bottom of the rib cage. Loose abdominal muscles are then tightened with sturdy stitches. The apron is then pulled down, excess skin and fat are removed (usually the entire roll between the navel and the pubic area), and the abdomen is carefully stitched up. The tummy tuck Vancouver patient is left with a fine scar around the navel, and a scar across the lower abdomen that will be hidden by most clothing.
Patients can expect to wear a compression garment, or girdle, for about a month following surgery. The abdomen is quite tight for the first week or so, and most patients will note moderate discomfort during this time. Many individuals will return to normal activities of daily living after 2 to 3 weeks. Strenuous activity is avoided for 6 to 8 weeks to allow the newly tightened muscles to heal.
Possible complications of abdominoplasty surgery include reactions to the anesthetic, infection, bleeding, inaccurate placement of the navel, fluid accumulations, skin loss, irregularities from the liposuction, and an unsatisfactory aesthetic result. Some patients will require a revision, or touch-up, to refine the results. The vast majority of Dr. Pugash’s Vancouver abdominoplasty patients, however, do not experience any complications, recover quickly, and are extremely satisfied with their results.
If you are struggling with excess skin and fatty tissue in the stomach area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pugash and explore your tummy tuck options. During your consultation, Dr. Pugash will also discuss other body contouring treatments, such as liposuction and mommy makeover in Vancouver. To book an appointment and begin your aesthetic transformation journey, call Dr. Pugash’s plastic surgery Vancouver offices at (604) 522-5199.
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