Good Candidates for Abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck can be a great option for healthy men and women who hope to achieve a more slender figure with tighter abs. Patients who would like to undergo surgery should be at or near their ideal weight, not planning on having more children, have loose skin and/or separated abdominal muscles, and should be realistic about what they can expect from this surgical procedure. A consultation can help a patient determine whether or not they are a good candidate for abdominoplasty.
What to Expect During a Tummy Tuck Consultation
During a tummy tuck consultation in Seattle, Dr. Jonov will discuss the patient’s medical history and learn about they’re interest in the procedure He may take a look at the patient’s stomach to get an idea of how severe their concerns are regarding fat, skin laxity, and muscle tone. If he believes a patient is a good candidate, he will recommend either a traditional or mini tummy tuck, thoroughly explain the procedure and recovery process, and share before and after photographs.
Types of Tummy Tucks
Dr. Jonov offers several different tummy tucks in his Seattle plastic surgery office. He tailors the procedure to each patient’s unique figure to help them achieve their desired results. Each tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia and typically as an outpatient procedure. Here’s a closer look at the types of tummy tucks he performs.
A full tummy tuck is designed for men and women with moderate excess fat in their stomach area. It is ideal for women who have given birth and allows for Dr. Jonov to pull the abdominal muscles and tightly secure them. After this procedure, the belly button is typically repositioned so that it looks natural.
Patients who are in good shape yet long for a slimmer stomach may benefit from a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck involves a smaller incision that is made along the lower section of the stomach. It does not affect the upper abs or belly button.
The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. He uses liposuction and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. Dr. Jonov repositions the belly button during this surgery. A fleur de lis tummy tuck expands on this by adding a vertical incision.
A reverse tummy tuck places an incision at the top of the abdomen in the breast crease. This treats extra skin and sagging affecting mainly the upper abdomen. This is often performed on people who have lost massive amounts of weight.
Recovering From a Tummy Tuck
Most patients find the first week of recovery the most difficult. They may find it a challenge to perform everyday tasks such as using the restroom. The good news is that Dr. Jonov will prescribe pain medications that can help patients through those initial days and the discomfort will begin to fade with each passing day.
During the first week post-surgery, Dr. Jonov encourages patients to rest but also move around in order to promote blood circulation, lie on their back while sleeping, drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol consumption, and keep all dressings and wounds clean, dry, and intact. There may be small drain tubes left in place for a few days that patients will be required to empty at least twice a day.
At about week 4, patients typically start easing back into their everyday routines. It is important to note that recovery time is highly dependent on age, genetics, skin quality, and the type of tummy tuck Dr. Jonov performs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know whether to choose a tummy tuck or liposuction?
A tummy tuck is recommended for patients with loose skin on the lower abs. However, patients with good skin tone but unwanted belly fat may be better off undergoing a body contouring treatment such as liposuction.
Can I pair a tummy tuck with another procedure?
Yes! Often times, Dr. Jonov recommends abdominoplasty with a breast lift, liposuction, mons pubis lift, or another procedure that can help a man or woman feel more confident in their own skin. A mommy makeover, which combines numerous procedures with a tummy tuck may be an option for women after pregnancy.
What are the risks and complications?
Just like all surgical procedures, tummy tucks do come with some risks and complications including unfavorable scarring, fluid accumulation, incision separation, loss of skin sensitivity, skin discoloration, and deep vein thrombosis. Seattle plastic surgeon, Dr. Jonov takes every precaution to help ensure a safe and pleasant surgery experience.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
It is crucial to understand that a tummy tuck is a body sculpting procedure rather than a weight loss procedure. Therefore, patients should not expect to lose any weight. In fact, Dr. Jonov advises that they be at or close to their ideal weight before undergoing a tummy tuck. If weight loss is a patient’s main goal, diet or exercise or another procedure should be considered instead.
What can a tummy tuck resolve?
A tummy tuck can correct a variety of issues including droopy or sagging abdominal skin, weakened or separated abdominal muscles, and excess concentrations of abdominal fat. When the procedure is performed by a highly skilled, board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Jonov, it can leave a patient with a smooth and more attractive physique.
Does it leave scarring?
While a tummy tuck does leave scarring, we do our best to reduce its appearance as much as possible. If you have had a c-section, you can expect the abdominoplasty incision to replace your c-section scar. Most patients report that the results of a tummy tuck make the scarring well worth it.
When can work be resumed?
Patients can return to work when they feel comfortable enough to do so. Those with a desk job generally return to work faster than patients with an active job. Although it usually takes about 2 weeks for patients to regain their strength after the procedure, patients are encouraged to use their discretion.
When is it safe to return to exercise?
For at least 6 weeks, patients should avoid strenuous activities such as jogging, bending, and playing sports. In addition, they should not lift any item that is greater than 10 pounds for at least 6 weeks in order to prevent the muscle-tightening sutures in the abdominal wall from separating. Within the first few days after surgery, however, the doctor encourages patients to walk around so they can reduce swelling, improve muscle tone, and alleviate any discomfort.
Can I undergo a tummy tuck if I am thinking about future pregnancies?
For optimal results, Dr. Jonov recommends that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after they are done having children. Future pregnancies can undo the results of tummy tuck surgery since stretching and weight gain occurs during every pregnancy.
When do the final results appear?
After the swelling subsides, patients can expect to notice their improved abdominal contours. Within 2 to 3 months, they’ll begin to truly enjoy their new shape. Final results are typically seen after about 6 months.
How does a tummy tuck change the belly button?
Some patients are concerned that a tummy tuck will lead to a strange-looking belly button. Dr. Jonov carefully positions the navel during surgery to ensure that the belly button appears natural after the procedure.
How long do tummy tuck results last?
As long as patients maintain their weight and lead a healthy lifestyle, they can enjoy long-lasting results from a tummy tuck. Pregnancy or drastic weight change can reverse the results of abdominoplasty, making it crucial to avoid or postpone this procedure if a patient wishes to have more children or cannot commit to a healthy lifestyle.
How does a male tummy tuck differ from a female tummy tuck?
Although tummy tucks are similar for both females and males, men typically want to achieve a chiseled, masculine stomach while women undergo tummy tuck surgery for a flatter abdomen when they can’t seem to get rid of their stomach fat after pregnancies and weight fluctuations.
How long should a patient wait after pregnancy?
The ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy women who have completed their families. Dr. Jonov recommends they wait 6 months to a year after pregnancy to allow their bodies to complete the changing process.
Can I undergo a tummy tuck if I’ve had a hysterectomy or C-section?
A hysterectomy or C-section does not usually restrict a patient from undergoing abdominoplasty. The tummy tuck surgery removes the old surgical scar and places the new scar lower on the tummy so that it is concealed by underwear or a bathing suit.
Why Choose Dr. Jonov?
Choosing the right surgeon for a tummy tuck in Seattle is crucial. Dr. Jonov is a board certified cosmetic surgeon with years of experience. He understands how frustrating it can be to have stubborn fat on your midsection and is dedicated to providing you with the slimmer, more attractive stomach you deserve.
You can count on Dr. Jonov to design a customized treatment plan to help you meet your particular aesthetic goals. He will be there for you throughout every step of the surgical process and looks forward to bringing your dream of a sculpted midsection to life.
Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
If you’re bothered by loose skin and muscles in your abdominal area and you want to achieve a flatter, more attractive stomach, a tummy tuck may be a great option for you. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov to learn more about the procedure and find out whether you’re a good candidate. Call us at 425-775-3561 or fill out our convenient online contact form.