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Abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”) surgery is one of the most common procedures we perform at Boston Plastic Surgery, and one that Dr. Samaha feels especially passionate about. After pregnancy or significant weight loss, the skin and tissue of the abdomen can stretch out and a person can be left with an undesirable bulge around his or her midsection. Abdominal muscles can also weaken or separate, making the situation even worse. A tummy-tuck, or “mini-tummy tuck” (what we call a modified abdominoplasty) can give you a flatter, firmer stomach and help to improve the way clothing fits and flatters your body.
What can a tummy tuck correct?
If you exhibit conditions like the following, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Boston.
- A stable body weight, but protruding midsection
- Excess abdominal fat under the skin, as opposed to internal fat.
- An inability to reduce the size of the tummy through diet/exercise
- Loose skin on the tummy from significant weight loss
- Loose skin on the tummy from past pregnancy
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgeries are usually performed under general anesthesia, though a mini tummy tuck may sometimes be performed using local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Samaha’s surgical techniques are tailored to each individual’s unique goals and anatomy, and involve a combination of removing excess fat and skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. In some cases, liposuction can be used to eradicate excess fatty tissue and sculpt a smooth, natural silhouette throughout the torso.
Am I a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?
Speaking with a board certified plastic surgeon is the only way to determine if a procedure is right for you, but there are some general criteria that must be met for cosmetic surgery to be performed safely and successfully.
- I am in overall good health.
- I do not have any underlying conditions that will impact healing.
- I am a non-smoker or willing to quit at least a month before surgery.
- I have reasonable expectations about my results.
If these statements do not apply to you, you may not be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery.
Where will the scar be located?
Dr. Samaha hides the incision precisely below the bikini or bathing suit line. While the scar is relatively inconspicuous, it often extends to both sides of the hips. The scar will be most prominent immediately after surgery, but should fade and flatten out over time and become less apparent. A mini or ‘modified’ abdominoplasty may be performed for those with less tissue to remove, therefore resulting in a shorter scar. Dr. Samaha is proficient in several abdominoplasty techniques and will recommend the approach that would best achieve each your goals. For the past few years, Dr. Samaha has been able to use technique modifications that have allowed him to avoid the use of cumbersome ‘drains’ post-surgery in the vast majority of his patients by nearly eliminating the incidence of fluid accumulation after surgery.
After Your Tummy Tuck Surgery in Boston
Because it involves muscular reshaping, abdominoplasty is one of the more involved plastic surgery procedures. Full recovery may take several weeks, depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Patients with stronger abdominal muscles often experience a relatively shorter recovery, as their body more easily adapts. It is advisable for patients to initiate a regular exercise regimen to get the best post-tummy tuck results. Read more about our abdominoplasty post-operative instructions. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of a tummy tuck at Boston Plastic Surgery.