Many women after childbirth have excess abdominal skin and stretch marks that don’t disappear with time or exercise. Their muscles may have also separated or weakened. In other cases, men or women may have a similar representation after losing a significant amount of weight. The presence of excess skin and fat can become a nuisance; it may interfere with one’s ability to wear certain clothing, be intimate, feel comfortable in a bathing suit or engage in physical activity. In extreme cases, some patients may even suffer from skin irritations beneath the excess skin.
What is a tummy tuck surgery?
A tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes the excess fat and skin, giving your abdomen a slimmer and firmer appearance that is proportional to the rest of the body. In cases where there is a weakening of the abdominal wall, usually due to pregnancy, a tightening of the abdominal muscles is performed to improve the waistline. If a small hernia is present, it is repaired at the same time. Dr. Motakis has expertly performed countless such procedures allowing his patients to live a comfortable, confident and active lifestyle.
Who is a good candidate for an abdominoplasty?
You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck surgery if your body has experienced significant alterations due to pregnancy and/or weight loss. There is no specific chronological age to have this surgery. Most women consider this as early as two years after giving birth. For any candidate that has lost significant weight, this procedure can be performed at any point during their adulthood provided their weight has been stable for at least 6 months. The best candidates are those who are in good health, don’t smoke and have realistic expectations. Patients that undergo this surgery find the results to be life-changing, displaying an increased level of confidence, self-esteem, and comfort in social settings. Dr. Motakis though the use of his artistic skills and advanced surgical techniques will provide the candidate with a natural, refreshed and youthful body appearance.
The Abdominoplasty procedure
Generally, a tummy tuck surgery takes between 2.5-4 hours, is performed under general anesthesia and in most cases the patient is required to stay at our Avenue Road fully accredited on-site surgical facility overnight after the procedure. During a Tummy Tuck, the excess skin and fat of your abdominal wall is removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened if necessary. The incision is hidden very low above the pubic area and is hidden by the underwear. The length of the incision depends on the excess of skin present; the greater the skin excess, the longer that horizontal scar. While incision lines are permanent, they are hidden wherever possible, and usually, significantly fade and improve over time and often become imperceptible. In some cases, there are also, two drains are used that serve to remove any excess fluid produced during the early stages of healing. These drains are usually removed one week after the procedure. To minimize scarring, Dr. Motakis uses only internal dissolving sutures and is careful to conceal incisions in the lower part of the abdomen below the level of the underwear.
Before and After Abdominoplasty
What is the recovery period after a Tummy Tuck?
You will receive instructions from Dr. Motakis concerning caring for your incisions while you recover from surgery. On average, it takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks for a complete recovery from a tummy tuck procedure. A supportive garment will be provided to you that will need to be worn for a few weeks after the surgery. Initially, you should expect a few days of swelling and bruising with discomfort which is treated with mild analgesics such as Tylenol. You will likely be able to resume light activities 48-72 hours after your surgery. However, it is recommended any physical activity such as exercise only be resumed only after the fourth week. You will likely need one week off from work.
What are the risk factors of abdominoplasty surgery?
Dr. Motakis makes every effort to execute the procedure in the most meticulous way, however, as with any surgery, bleeding, infection, changes in sensation, reaction to anesthesia, or clot formation are among the risks of mommy makeover surgery, although these are very rare. Every precaution is taken during and after the procedure to minimize these risks. Dr Motakis and his team will discuss these risks in detail during your consultation.
Are there any alternatives to abdominoplasty surgery?
In cases where the skin excess is minimal, skin tightening may be accomplished with the use of a radiofrequency device known as Forma Plus©. Although multiple treatments are required, the skin will become visibly firmer over the period of a few months. This non-invasive procedure is painless and requires no downtime. In the case of stretch marks, a multitude of treatments are available. These include fractional CO2 laser (SmartSkin ©), Fractora©, micro needling and platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) or IPL. You will need to see Dr. Motakis in consultation to discuss which treatment is best suited for you. In cases where there is significant muscle separation, and excess skin though, abdominoplasty surgery remains the best option available.
Can tummy tuck surgery be combined with other procedures?
Many of Dr. Motakis’ patients combine their abdominoplasty procedure with other cosmetic procedures offered at the clinic. These procedures frequently include breast augmentation or breast lift, among others.