Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Get A More Youthful Looking Tummy
There are many factors that contribute to the appearance of the abdomen. Excessive fat can result in unattractive bulges, while loose skin and stretch marks can result from childbirth or weight loss. Many patients in the Milwaukee area seek abdominal contouring surgery, commonly called a tummy tuck, to improve the contour of their abdomen. Dr. Bosbous uses the tummy tuck procedure to remove excess abdominal skin and fat while tightening and shaping the underlying abdominal muscle framework. Also skilled in the area of mini-abdominoplasty, you may want to ask Dr. Bosbous about this procedure for those who have excess fat or skin located primarily in the lower part of the abdomen, well below the umbilicus.
Dr. Bosbous has an uncompromising attention to detail, and a strong passion for working with patients in the Milwaukee area. Building trusting relationships before surgery is just one of the ways he makes your cosmetic enhancement process less stressful and more exciting. With his personal touches and individualized approach you know you are in good hands, and pleasing results from your abdominoplasty procedure are right around the corner.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck in Milwaukee?
The abdomen can lose shape and definition due to excess abdominal fat or the presence of loose skin due to pregnancy or weight loss. Often times patients who have had children have stretched their abdominal wall, creating a permanent gap between the rectus abdominus (“six pack”) muscles. A tummy tuck may provide the following benefits to these patients:
- A “flattening” effect can be achieved through tightening and re-contouring of the underlying muscular framework of the abdomen
- Removal of excess fat
- Removal of excess skin (and the stretch marks associated with excess skin)
- Reshaping and recontouring of the abdomen
- To assure optimal results, patients can help Dr. Bosbous by achieving as close to an ideal body weight as possible prior to surgery.
Abdominoplasty incisions are made low on the abdomen in order to help keep them discreet and allow for the scars to be easily concealed. Dr. Bosbous will provide a thorough evaluation and surgical plan, with the goal of minimizing the length of scar required to achieve the desired result. After accessing the abdominal wall, Dr. Bosbous will repair the lax abdominal muscles, tightening them with sutures to provide a “flattening” effect. Next, excess fat may be removed directly or through the use of liposuction, helping to reduce the thickness of the upper abdomen and allowing for your new abdominal framework to be seen after the skin has been advanced and re-draped.
Once the internal work has been completed, the abdomen is tightened as the excess tissue is removed and the skin is pulled downward. Depending on the amount of excess skin present, the umbilicus (belly button) may need to be repositioned. (A tummy tuck that does not require the umbilicus to be repositioned due to a lesser amount of excess tissue typically produces a smaller scar and is often referred to as a mini-abdominoplasty.)
Dr. Bosbous offers tummy tuck surgery to patients in the Milwaukee area as an outpatient procedure. However, because the procedure is performed at a fully accredited hospital or surgical center, an overnight stay can be arranged if desired.
Tummy Tuck Recovery and Results
Patients can expect a relatively short recovery time of about 10–14 days. Although most people will return to work and light activity within this time frame, exercise and more vigorous activity should typically wait to be resumed 3-4 weeks after surgery and after receiving clearance from Dr. Bosbous. If liposuction is part of your procedure, you may experience swelling and bruising in those areas for several weeks. Moving about will help reduce your complications, and you will be given detailed postoperative instructions after your tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Bosbous takes pride in helping his Milwaukee tummy tuck patients reach their body contouring goals and can help you achieve a slimmer, more shapely abdomen with an abdominoplasty procedure.
To get started on your tummy tuck procedure, contact us today for a confidential and complimentary plastic surgery consultation.