Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck Tacoma

abdominoplastyWhat is a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck procedures in the Pacific Northwest are increasing in number because the patients in this area have witnessed firsthand how this procedure works to improve body shape and overall body tone. Dr. Roy Semlacher says that tummy tucks are now one of the most sought after techniques to improve the appearance of the patient’s abdominal area because it is able to remove excess fat and skin, as well as tighten the underlying muscles in this region, giving the patient a stronger abdominal profile

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

  • Tummy tucks are a great option for patients who have an excessive amount of skin accumulating around the area of the belly button. This condition is very common for patients who have undergone drastic weight-loss but whose skin has become too overstretched, leaving it sagging across the abdominal area.
  • As a person ages, it is common to see protruding abdomens that are caused mainly by fat accumulation and by the loss of skin elasticity. As the lower abdominal walls begin to weaken, the abdomen starts to sag.
  • Mothers that have delivered their children via C-section often experience retracted scarring that can be alleviated with a tummy tuck procedure
  • Liposuction is one of the most well known methods for fat elimination. However, in cases when this technique does not go very well, a tummy tuck can provide the patient with a quick recovery action to improve the appearance of the abdominal area where liposuction has failed. These two procedures are often used in combination for best results.

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What happens during a tummy tuck?

After the administration of general anesthesia, the surgeon will make a horizontal incision running across the patient’s pubic hairline. This gives the doctor access to the abdominal area so that he can remove excess fat and skin. The muscle fascia of the underlying abdominal muscles will also be tightened during the procedure to strengthen the abdominal wall and give the patient a stronger abdominal profile afterwards. After the excess skin has been trimmed off, the remaining skin will be draped across the abdomen, and the belly button will be repositioned accordingly. The incision will then be closed using stitches, ideally following the patient’s natural bikini line to make the scarring less obvious.

What should I do during recovery?

It is recommended that the patient be in an upright, slightly raised position for a few days after the surgery to help reduce swelling, bruising, and tenderness of the treated area. Normally, drainage tubes will be put in place to help drain out excess blood and fluids from the surgical site. The patient will be advised to avoid rigorous activities during recovery to avoid any complications. Compression garments are also recommended for a few weeks after the surgery to help reduce swelling and give the patient extra support during recovery.