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Abdominoplasty

(Tummy tuck)

Abdominoplasty


Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a commonly performed surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The majority of patients undergoing abdominoplasty are females, and the weakened or separated six-pack muscles created by pregnancy are repaired creating an abdominal profile that is flatter and firmer. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.

Dr. Derderian’s Goals for Your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Patient’s who seek abdominoplasty because they feel that their current body shape does not math their self-image. This is frequently the case for women after pregnancy but it holds true for most patients. Dr. Derderian’s goal is to improve your abdominal contour and figure to restore your body-image and self-esteem.

Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

The best candidates for tummy tuck are healthy, non-smokers who have excess skin of the abdomen due to pregnancy or weight loss.

What Happens at the Consultation?

It is important to have clear goals for your procedure. Dr. Derderian will listen to your specific concerns and perform a history and physical exam. His plan for your treatment will be customized to your anatomy and your goals for improved appearance.

How is the Surgery Performed?

An incision is required to remove the excess abdominal skin. The goal of incision placement is to keep the resulting scar low in the waistline so the scar will not be visible with pants or shorts on. The length of the incision is dictated by the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. The abdominal skin is lifted up off the muscle up to the ribs. This allows the abdominal muscles to be assessed and repaired if needed.

The skin is pulled down to the incision and the excess skin is removed. The belly button is brought out through a new opening in the abdominal skin and sutured into position. Dissolvable sutures, skin glue and tapes are used to close the skin. Drains may be left in place for a brief period of time after surgery.

What is the Recovery Period?

An abdominal binder is frequently used to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals following surgery. Patients often feel more comfortable bent forward at the waist for the first few days after surgery. Patients usually return to work after 10-14 days and are encouraged to not perform any vigorous activity for 2-3 weeks. After 3 weeks patients may slowly resume low-impact exercise with a goal of returning to full activity by 6 weeks after surgery. Dr. Derderian prescribes silicone sheeting for 4-6 months, until the pink color of the scar fades.

WHEN IS THE FINAL RESULT APPRECIABLE?

Patients are happier with their abdominal contour within 2 weeks. The majority of the swelling has resolved by 8 weeks, but the final result is not fully appreciated until 6-12 months after surgery when the scar has fully softened and normalized in color.

WHAT DOES A TUMMY TUCK COST?

Dr. Derderian’s team will discuss the surgical costs in detail. Costs include:

  • Anesthesia fees – cover the anesthesiologist, their staff and medications
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs – covers the operating room, staff and equipment
  • Surgeon’s fee

WHY CHOOSE DR. DERDERIAN?

Dr. Derderian had extensive training in cosmetic surgery at New York University and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH). After completing his residency Dr. Derderian did a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in Dallas in 2011. Dr. Derderian is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and he frequently performs abdominoplasty at his Dallas practice.

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