An Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck procedure.
A tummy tuck procedure, removes extra skin and exercise resistant fat from your abdomen. As many of us have a difficult time obtaining a toned abdomen, a tummy tuck can offer alternative means to the solution you desire.
An ideal solution for that post-baby pooch
Many women are unhappy with the tone and shape of their abdomen after pregnancy. A tummy tuck is an ideal solution for removing the excess skin, stretch marks and fat pockets that are nearly impossible to eliminate through diet and exercise or creams.
As a key part of an overall Mommy Makeover an abdominoplasty in combination with breast augmentation and some targeted liposuction can restore that pre-pregnancy body you once had. Tummy tuck Baltimore expert surgeon Dr. Brent Birely is known for his natural results that turn back the clock with finesse. He is a perfectionist who blends a keen artistic sense with his highly developed skill as a surgeon.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
There are a few distinct characteristics that are ideal for tummy tuck candidates. If you suffer from the following problem areas, or find these descriptions accurate to your own body, you may benefit from surgery.
- Excess skin around the abdomen not reduced with diet or exercise
- Sagging areas caused by massive weight loss
- Bulges or unshapely looking stomach post pregnancy
- General displeasure with the appearance of your abdomen
Once you have considered the procedure, a consultation Dr. Birely, a top provider of the tummy tuck Baltimore, can help you along. Dr. Birely can address any questions or concerns while determining if a procedure could help you reduce your problem areas.
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What Can I Expect during my Baltimore Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Also, during your consultation for a tummy tuck, Dr. Birely will go over the surgery and the steps you can expect. The consultation will cover any medical conditions and drug allergies that you may have, while also covering any other surgeries you have gone through in the past. At that time, treatment options will be discussed based upon your previous health records. According to your individual needs, the techniques and needs of your tummy tuck surgery will be determined. However, most tummy tuck surgeries follow a similar method. Patients will be under a general anesthesia or sedation during surgery. While you are sleeping, Dr. Birely will tighten stomach skin and restore damaged muscle. Your belly button may need to be recreated, depending on the amount of skin removed during your procedure. Your surgery will be complete once the incisions are closed and anesthesia wears off.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis at a certified surgical center fully staffed with top tier medical personnel. When you arrive, you be taken into the surgical area. You will be made comfortable and have an opportunity to speak with Dr. Birely before you receive the general anesthetic. You will be on some of the most capable hands for a tummy tuck Baltimore can provide.
The procedure is straightforward and will take approximately 2 hours. During surgery, Dr. Birely takes great care placing incisions in areas where they will be well covered with underwear or a bikini. Dr. Birely will remove excess fatty pockets from the abdomen and then repair sagging and separated muscles which will create a flat tummy and also provide greater stability in the lower back and abdomen.
Excess skin is removed at the bottom of the incision which also removes most of the stretch marks. The navel will likely need to be repositioned and then the incision is carefully and meticulously closed using advanced suturing techniques to maximize healing success. Dr. Birely enjoys the artistry of plastic surgery and as such provides the finest tummy tuck Baltimore residents could hope for. All you need to do is follow his post operative instructions carefully to ensure your incisions heal to a fine, almost invisible line and to ensure you do not develop any complications.
You will be constantly monitored by the anesthesiologist to ensure your comfort and safety and once surgery is over, you will recover for a few hours in the recovery suite.
Once you are awake and alert, you will be examined and cleared to go home. Someone will need to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours to help you as needed with meals, medication and to deal with family matters so you can rest.
You will have been given comprehensive post operative instructions before surgery as well as a pain medication prescription. You will see Dr. Birely a few days after surgery so he can check your progress.
What is the Recovery Process after Tummy Tuck Surgery?
After your surgery, bandages and dressings will be applied to the incisions. You can expect a small tube to be placed under the skin for drain purposes. This helps to reduce any excess fluid from the procedure. Additional medications may be prescribed to alleviate and minimize pain. A compression garment may also be required for abdominal support. Guidelines may also be given to you with the following instructions:
- When and how often to empty surgical drains
- Activity levels to maintain (walking is recommended)
- How and when to shower or clean your incision site
- Checking your temperature
- What sleeping positions reduce incision stress
These and more instructions will be given to you for your benefit. In regards to scarring, the final healing will take up to a few months. Some patients return to work within a 2 week time frame. You can expect healing and results after 1 or 2 months. If you have any additional questions about the procedure, please schedule a consultation Baltimore tummy tuck surgeon with Dr. Birely today. He will be able to answer questions specifically to your body.