Tummy Tuck Philadelphia
ABDOMINOPLASTY FOR THE PHILADELPHIA AREA
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 can cause abdominal skin to lose its elasticity and abdominal muscles to weaken or separate. If this sounds familiar, choosing a tummy tuck at the Philadelphia-area Chapin Aesthetics can help you achieve a flatter, firmer, and tighter midsection that brings balance back to your body.
A full abdominoplasty is designed to remove excess fat and skin in the abdominal region, as well as tighten the abdominal wall. Abdominoplasty can yield beautiful results in those who eat healthy and exercise regularly, but who are unable to lose their stubborn belly fat or saggy abdominal skin. However, if you are pregnant, plan to get pregnant, or plan to lose or gain a substantial amount of weight in the future, you should postpone undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. This is because the physical changes caused by a growing baby or belly, followed by a loss of volume once the baby is born or weight is lost, can “undo” the effects of a tummy tuck by stretching out skin and other tissues again.
A tummy tuck can:
- Reduce stubborn abdominal fat that is resistant to diet and exercise
- Remove excess skin in the abdominal region
- Tighten and restore abdominal muscles and abdominal wall
- Firm and flatten the abdominal region
In Philadelphia, abdominoplasty cost is best discussed during an initial consultation, when Dr. Chapin can assess the scope of the individualized procedure and determine surgery details.
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. This surgery is a great option for those who have extra abdominal skin and fat due to significant weight loss, pregnancy, heredity, or other factors.
Generally speaking, the most suitable candidates are in good overall health, are at a stable weight and do not smoke.
OUR CUSTOMIZED APPROACH TO TUMMY TUCK
Dr. Scott Chapin will perform the surgery in a Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County or Doylestown AAAASF-certified cosmetic surgery facility. Before beginning full abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, he first administers either intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia, as discussed in your pre-operative consultation.
For optimal results, Dr. Chapin often suggests liposuction in conjunction with the tummy tuck procedure. If he is removing unwanted fat with this technique, he will do that at this point.
Next, Dr. Chapin makes a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen, hidden within the underwear or bikini line. Through this incision, he accesses and repairs weakened and separated abdominal muscles. He may also suture the restored muscles into place to create the appearance of an abdominal “six pack.” Lastly, he removes any excess skin, re-drapes the remaining skin, and repositions the navel before he closes the abdominoplasty incision with sutures or surgical adhesive.
Dr. Chapin and his team provide comprehensive care following your procedure to ensure your comfort.
Meet Dr. Scott Chapin
Dr. Scott D. Chapin blends medical science, artistry, and humanity in every procedure he performs. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, he specializes in aesthetic surgery, with a particular focus on breast surgery. His national reputation and commitment to excellence make him a top choice for Doylestown and beyond.
WHAT IS A MINI TUMMY TUCK?
Among the full range of body contouring procedures offered by Dr. Scott D. Chapin is a mini tummy tuck. Many patients opt for the full corrective result that a traditional abdominoplasty provides, but those who do not require comprehensive surgical correction are better candidates for a less-invasive mini tummy tuck.
At your consultation, Dr. Chapin will explain the traditional and mini tummy tuck procedures in detail, perform a physical examination of your abdomen, and learn about your concerns and goals. He will recommend the best-suited approach to meet your individual aesthetic goals.
A mini tummy tuck, also referred to as partial abdominoplasty, is similar to the more involved traditional tummy tuck procedure. However, mini abdominoplasty only treats the lower portion of the abdomen (the area beneath the belly button).
It is an ideal option for those who have smaller deposits of fat and excess skin around the abdomen area and do not require as extensive of a procedure as a traditional tuck. The advantages of the mini tummy tuck are that the procedure requires fewer incisions, leaves a smaller scar, and involves a shorter recovery time than its traditional counterpart.
Generally, a mini tummy tuck procedure also takes less time to perform than a traditional abdominoplasty, because it addresses a more limited area of the abdomen through a smaller incision.
During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Chapin makes a C-section-like incision right above the pubic area and removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen (below the belly button). He will redrape the remaining skin more tightly over the contours of the abdomen and close the incisions with sutures. Keep in mind that, unlike the full abdominoplasty, mini tummy tucks do not address weakened or separated abdominal muscles, so these muscles would not be altered in any way. The results will produce a flatter, tighter, and enhanced lower abdomen contour.
A mini tummy tuck can yield beautiful results in those who eat healthy and exercise regularly but are unable to eliminate excess skin and stubborn belly fat below the belly button. However—as with all body-contouring procedures—if you are pregnant, plan to get pregnant, or plan to lose or gain a substantial amount of weight, you should wait on a mini tummy tuck procedure.
THE DAY OF YOUR TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE
Patients go under general anesthesia at a Bucks County or Montgomery County AAA-certified facility for their tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Chapin and his team will go over the surgery details again with you prior to starting the procedure. This is the time to get answers to any lingering questions.
Tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that will require you to have a driver to and from the surgical facility. In many cases, Dr. Chapin may recommend that you stay the first night following the procedure at a hospital to monitor your progress.
Right after any type of tummy tuck, 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. 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 approximately a day or two after your surgery. You will be given instructions on how to care for the incisions sites and treated area and will get a prescription for pain medication to take if you experience any discomfort during your abdominoplasty recovery. He or his staff will also schedule follow-up appointments for you.
Your abdominal area may feel tender, uncomfortable, or numb for several days while your body heals. The treated area may also be red, swollen, or bruised. Although most abdominoplasty patients notice dramatic results right after surgery, the full aesthetic results typically take three to six months to become visible, after the swelling subsides. For a mini tummy tuck, the complete results are noticeable after one to three months.
A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter recovery than a traditional abdominoplasty, but you will need to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks or as directed. Plan to take about two weeks off from work after your abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck surgery. You should get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activity during that time. Try to remember that it’s important that you listen to your body as it heals. Dr. Chapin will provide complete preoperative and postoperative care instructions. He will monitor you and advise you on your gradual resumption of daily activities, including exercise.
BEYOND A TUMMY TUCK
Other body contouring procedures and treatments Dr. Chapin offers include Cellulaze® and SMARTLipo®, arm lifts, butt lifts, lower body lifts, facelifts, brow lifts, eyelid lifts, and more. A tummy tuck may be part of a larger collection of procedures known as a Mommy Makeover, intended to address post-baby contours.