Have you had kids and just can’t stand that “bump” or excess skin? After pregnancy or major weight loss, the midsection can lose some of its’ natural tone and skin elasticity. Your abdominal muscles often times do not go back to their original position.
A tummy tuck is a comprehensive plastic surgery procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat, restoring a firmer, flatter abdomen. If you’re considering tummy tuck surgery in Des Moines, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Robbins would be happy to meet with you for a personal complimentary cosmetic consultation.
Some patients are candidates for CoolSculpting or skin tightening with Exilis. CoolSculping is a nonsurgical solution to reduce fat in the abdomen area. Depending on the amount of excess skin in the abdomen area, Exilis may also be a solution. Exilis provides some body contouring as well. A complimentary consultation is the best way to find out which solution or solutions will work best for you.
The tummy tuck incision pattern.
Abdominal muscles can become stretched after pregnancy
Dr. Robbins performs muscle repair to tighten the muscles and flatten the abdomen.
The goal of tummy tuck surgery is to redefine and reshape the abdomen through the removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of abdomen muscles.
You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have:
A tummy tuck can address both the upper and lower abdomen. It’s important to note that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for conventional weight loss. The best candidates will already be in good health and physical shape before electing surgery.
To perform tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Robbins will need to make a horizontal incision just above your pubic bone. Another incision is made inside the navel (to address the upper abdomen). Through these incisions, Dr. Robbins will be able to eliminate or reshape the underlying tissue. He will also tighten the abdominal muscles to produce a firmer, flatter midsection.
At Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, your surgery will be performed in our fully accredited operating room located at our office. Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires general anesthesia. The time necessary to complete surgery varies between 2 and 3 hours.
Liposuction is sometimes combined with tummy tuck surgery to address excess fat. Liposuction is often performed on the flanks to contour your midsection. After a tummy tuck, the stomach area is nice and flat, but the flanks (love handles) may be more pronounced. Liposuction of that area will contour your midsection and provide a more dramatic result.
You will need to make time in your schedule not only for surgery, but for recovery. The extent of your procedure, as well as your overall health and level of physical fitness at the time of surgery will determine how much time is necessary for recovery. Most patients require at least a week off from normal routines like work and social activity. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a month. A tummy tuck is more difficult to recover from than other surgeries because you use your midsection more than you think. Getting out of a chair, walking up stairs, getting out of bed, etc. are all normal daily routines that use your stomach muscles. These are very common activities you will need help with the first several days after surgery.
Because liposuction only targets unwanted fat, skin elasticity is usually a major deciding factor for most patients. If you do not have a significant amount of sagging skin, or you aren’t bothered by a small amount of post-surgical skin laxity, you may want to consider abdominal liposuction on its own. CoolSculpting is another option for fat reduction. It is a nonsurgical solution that targets pockets of exercise resistant fat. There are no needles and no downtime. Please see our CoolSculpting website for additional information and watch videos explaining the process.
However, if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight or if you’ve undergone multiple pregnancies, a tummy tuck may be necessary to address loose skin, stretched abdominal muscles and persistent fat deposits that remain despite diet and exercise. At your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Robbins, he will exam you to determine what is best for you and your personal goals.
If you’re overweight or obese, a tummy tuck may sound like a quick fix. Though not technically considered a weight loss tool, tummy tuck surgery can remove unwanted fat and skin from your abdomen. While being overweight won’t necessarily exclude your from being a candidate, it may increase the risk of surgical complications. The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate is to meet with Dr. Robbins for a personal cosmetic consultation. At Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, Dr. Robbins prefers candidates for surgery who are at their ideal weight. As a result, the results will be ideal. If you are planning to lose weight, it is best to do that first and then come in for a consultation.
Absolutely not. In recent years, tummy tuck surgery has seen a surge in popularity among male patients, especially those who have undergone major weight loss.
Do you wish you had a tight abdomen with no excess skin? Then it may be time to consider tummy tuck surgery in Des Moines. Dr. David Robbins is a quadruple board certified plastic surgeon specializing in a variety of body contouring procedures. To set up your cosmetic consultation today, please call us at 515-221-9999.