Tummy Tuck Philadelphia
If you are frustrated with stubborn fat or loose, excess skin in your abdominal area, abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, may be able to help. Factors such as major weight loss, pregnancy or heredity may cause abdominal skin to lose elasticity and abdominal muscles to weaken or separate. If this sounds familiar, undergoing full abdominoplasty may help you achieve a flatter, firmer midsection.
Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
If you eat healthfully and exercise regularly but still cannot get rid of stubborn belly fat or saggy skin on the abdomen, then you may be a suitable candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tuck surgery is a great option for those who have extra abdominal skin and fat due to significant weight loss, pregnancy, heredity or other factors. However, you should wait to have tummy tuck surgery if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant again, or if you plan to lose (or gain) a substantial amount of weight. Generally speaking, suitable tummy tuck candidates are in good overall health, are at a stable weight and do not smoke.
What Is Involved in Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Chapin will perform the surgical procedure in a Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County or Doylestown AAAASF-certified cosmetic surgery facility. Before beginning full abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Chapin first administers either intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia, as discussed in your pre-operative consultation. If Dr. Chapin is performing liposuction to remove unwanted fat, he will do that at this point.
The expert Philadelphia tummy tuck surgeon then makes a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen, which will be hidden within the underwear or bikini line. Through the incision, Dr. Chapin accesses and repairs greatly weakened or separated abdominal muscles. He may also suture the restored muscles into place to create the appearance of an abdominal “six pack.” Dr. Chapin lastly removes any excess skin, re-drapes the remaining skin and repositions the navel as necessary before he closes the incision with sutures or surgical adhesive.
What Is the Recovery Period for Tummy Tuck?
Note that you will need someone to drop you off at and pick you up from the surgical facility. Tummy tuck surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. In rare cases, Dr. Chapin may recommend that you stay the first night following the procedure at a hospital to monitor your progress.
Immediately following tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Chapin or his staff will dress the incision sites and place a compression garment around your midsection, to minimize swelling and offer added support as you heal. You will need to wear a compression garment for three weeks or as directed by Dr. Chapin. You may also notice that Dr. Chapin has placed a tiny tube under the skin to drain excess fluid from the area. Drainage tubes are temporary and will be removed a day or two following surgery. Dr. Chapin will tell you how to care for the incision sites and treated area, as well as recommend any needed medications. He or his staff will also schedule follow-up appointments for you.
The treated area may be red, swollen or bruised. It may also feel tender, uncomfortable or numb for several days while your body heals. Although some patients notice results immediately after surgery, it typically takes three to six months to see the full aesthetic results, as that is how long it takes for swelling to subside fully.
You should expect to take about two weeks off from work. You should rest and avoid any strenuous activity during that time. You will gradually resume your normal activities (including exercise) as advised by Dr. Chapin.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Chapin, voted Best Plastic Surgeon of Bucks and Montgomery County, please call 267.880.0810 or complete our “contact us” form.
To learn more about the other body contouring procedures Dr. Chapin performs in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Bucks County and Montgomery County, please visit their respective pages or read our tummy tuck testimonials:
- Partial Abdominoplasty (Mini-Tummy Tuck)
- Mommy Makeover
- Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
- Thigh and Buttock Lift
- Post-Bariatric Body Lift
- Plastic Surgery for Men