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.
In cases where patients desire a significant amount of fat removal to take place, Dr. Bosbous may recommend that a liposuction be performed concurrently to the tummy tuck procedure. This is a common approach to tummy tuck and body contouring procedures, but may not be the best fit for all patients.
If you think you’d be a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bosbous. During your consultation, Dr. Bosbous will guide you through the procedure and the likely outcomes. He will also evaluate your overall transformational desires and recommend the best way to proceed to help you achieve your desired final look.
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
Most patients will experience a tummy tuck recovery timeline that looks like this:
- Day 1: Patients are allowed to return home following surgery (which is usually performed on an outpatient basis). Patients may have drainage tubes left in place and wear a compression garment in order to help control swelling. During the first several days after surgery, it is important that patients refrain from standing up straight or lying flat, so as to prevent strain placed on the incision.
- Day 10 – 14: Usually, at some point between day 10 and 14, the drainage tubes are removed. During this period, most of the initial discomfort has passed. Additionally, many people plan to return to work after the first two weeks after your procedure–although, it must be stressed that this will depend on how your body is healing.
- Day 21: After the first two-to-three weeks of recovery, you should start to feel more like yourself again. However, it’s very important that you refrain from lifting anything heavy (small children or groceries, for example), as this can compromise your recovery.
Most patients are able to return to their full daily lives after roughly six weeks of recovery, depending on the nature of their procedure. In most cases, patients will receive clearance from Dr. Bosbous before they are able to do the following:
- Returning to work
This list is not exhaustive, as there may be other activities that Dr. Bosbous will want to clear you for before you begin. If you have any questions about your recovery, you should contact our office to speak with Dr. Bosbous.
Tummy Tuck 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.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck
For patients who want to achieve a significant transformation of the abdomen, tummy tuck is often a successful and beneficial procedure. For those patients, there are tangible benefits to a tummy tuck procedure. Many, but not all, of those benefits are aesthetic in nature. Patients tend to look more slender and fit because there’s less excess skin to get in the way.
Many patients also look significantly more youthful after a tummy tuck procedure. That can be particularly appealing for patients who have excess skin because of pregnancy and who now want to reclaim some of that lost youth.
Additionally, patients who undergo a full tummy tuck may notice an improvement in their abdominal strength–not enough to change the way you lift weights, of course. But some patients may notice improvements to certain kinds of incontinence after their tummy tuck procedure.
Once their recovery is complete, many patients will also comment that tummy tuck surgery vastly improved their confidence and self esteem. If you want to know more about how you might benefit from a tummy tuck procedure, contact Dr. Bosbous’s office in Milwaukee today to schedule a consultation.
Tummy Tuck With Other Procedures
Tummy tuck is commonly performed on its own as a solitary procedure. But it’s also not uncommon for tummy tuck to be performed as part of a set of procedures. In some cases, tummy tuck is performed with a liposuction (some patients may have both excess skin and excess fat; other patients may have excess skin created by the liposuction if not for the tummy tuck).
Additionally, tummy tuck is often performed as part of a comprehensive transformation. For example, it’s not uncommon for a tummy tuck to be performed as part of a mommy makeover, which includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast lift (most commonly). These combined procedures can help patients achieve an entire body transformation and minimize the overall time necessary for recovery in the process.
If you have questions about what procedures you might compliment your tummy tuck, you can discuss all of your options with Dr. Bosbous during your consultation.