Whether you’ve lost a large amount of weight, have experienced the effects of pregnancy, or have noticed that age is simply catching up with your body, achieving a toned and well-contoured tummy can become increasingly difficult. The loose skin and outstretched muscles often leave you with a persistent pooch despite your best efforts in the gym and kitchen. Dr. Holley recommends tummy tuck surgery for those who are living a healthy lifestyle, but who have been unable to slim and tighten their abdomens through traditional methods.
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Tummy tuck patients need to make a number of decisions in order to reach their goals, and Dr. Scott Holley wants to help you understand the value and available options for each choice you make. He will take the time to explain the surgical process in advance and address any concerns you may have. He will also make himself and the staff at West Michigan Plastic Surgery fully available to answer your questions at any point during the recovery process.
Each patient deserves the highest levels of safety and comfort for their cosmetic surgery procedure. In your consultation, Dr. Holley will perform a physical examination to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure, and, because patient education is a key component of a successful recovery, he will take the time to explain the reasoning behind each recommendation. Dr. Holley is committed to ensuring that you understand what to expect from every stage of your procedure and healing.
The two most common approaches to tummy tuck include:
Traditional tummy tuck: Using proven techniques, this procedure can flatten and tighten the abdomen to create a dramatically more toned, fit appearance. A tummy tuck begins with a thin incision from hip to hip, through which Dr. Holley will tighten the loose abdominal muscles and remove excess fat. He then removes loose abdominal skin and tissue and adjusts the position of the belly button before closing the incision for a firmer, natural result.
Tummy tuck combined with another procedure: Pregnancy, weight loss, and other causes of belly flab can often damage the shape of other areas of the body—not just the tummy. If another procedure makes sense for your situation, Dr. Holley will be happy to develop an individualized treatment plan that includes the changes you need to meet your goals. A tummy tuck can often be combined with liposuction to reduce stubborn fat, and also with breast enhancement surgery for mothers looking to get back their pre-pregnancy figures.
At West Michigan Plastic Surgery in Kalamazoo, tummy tuck procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Before your procedure, Dr. Holley will provide specific recovery instructions and answer any questions you may have. During your recovery, our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help answer your questions and ensure a safe healing process.
Tummy tuck patients can get back to many of their daily activities after just a few days, although strenuous exercise and physical labor should be avoided for a few weeks. Healing speed depends on many different factors, such as your age and health. While most patients will feel fully healed within a few weeks, others will need a little extra time for their body to adjust comfortably.
As you make choices about tummy tuck surgery, it’s important to ask questions. This will help you understand what to expect from your abdominoplasty surgery, during your recovery, and when assessing the results. Below are a number of common questions about tummy tuck surgery. Kalamazoo area plastic surgeon Dr. Holley encourages you to bring any additional questions to your consultation.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR TUMMY TUCK SURGERY?
Anyone with stretched abdominal skin or muscles who hasn’t had success with diet and exercise may be a good candidate. You must be healthy enough for surgery and should have realistic expectations.
CAN’T I JUST EXERCISE TO TONE MY ABDOMEN?
Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and age lead to permanently stretched abdominal skin and muscles. Exercise may help, but it might not sufficiently correct skin laxity and separated abdominal muscles. Dr. Holley will help you determine whether surgical options are a good choice for you.
WILL I HAVE VISIBLE SCARS FROM A TUMMY TUCK?
While abdominoplasty will give you a flatter abdomen, you will have a scar. Most traditional tummy tuck scars reach from hipbone to hipbone. The scar usually sits beneath most undergarments or swimwear. With time, scarring will fade. You can help diminish the appearance of scarring by protecting it from sun exposure or with treatments such as laser skin resurfacing or dermabrasion.
CAN I CHOOSE TO HAVE ABDOMINAL LIPOSUCTION INSTEAD OF A TUMMY TUCK?
Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery treat different conditions. The fat reduction of liposuction will not correct loose skin. Conversely, abdominoplasty alone may not adequately address excess fat, especially if outside the abdomen.
CAN I COMBINE A TUMMY TUCK WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?
For men and women, tummy tuck surgery is often combined with liposuction or as part of body contouring after weight loss. Many women combine a tummy tuck with a breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction in a combined procedure known as a mommy makeover.
SHOULD I LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE A TUMMY TUCK?
You should get at least within a few pounds of your ideal weight. Keep in mind that any significant weight fluctuations can negatively affect your results. Dr. Holley likes to remind patients that tummy tuck surgery is not a weight-loss procedure.
HOW LONG WILL RESULTS LAST?
As long as you keep your weight stable and remain fit, your abdominoplasty results should last for many years. If you plan on having more children or are not at your ideal weight, Dr. Holley recommends that you wait so that you can enjoy your contoured figure indefinitely.
Portage and Battle Creek board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Scott Holley, and the team at West Michigan Plastic Surgery understand that each patient has different motivations and goals for his or her procedure. Experience for yourself the advantages of high-quality care, natural and beautiful outcomes, and an understanding surgeon when you contact West Michigan Plastic Surgery today at (269) 222-1611, or online by clicking the button below.Contact Us