An Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck procedure.
A tummy tuck procedure may be necessary if diet, exercise, CoolScupting and other non-surgical methods have not worked in getting rid of the loose skin and resistant fat on the abdomen.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck surgery, or more accurately an abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat and, can be done to restore weakened and or separated muscles resulting in an abdominal profile that is smooth and firm.
Some people with a mostly normal body weight and proportion can develop a tummy that protrudes or is loose and saggy creating a 'pot belly' look. This is most commonly the result of:
- Previous Surgery
- Significant Weight Fluctuations
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. 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 which makes him one of the most sought after for performing a tummy tuck Baltimore has to offer.
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, to dicuss the best approach your particular situation. Dr. Birely can address any questions or concerns while determining if a procedure could help you reduce your problem areas.
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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 in 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.
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. This is why he is one of the most popular destinations for a tummy tuck in Baltimore, Maryland.
What to Expect?
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.
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 for a tummy tuck with Dr. Birely today. He will be able to answer questions specifically to your body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cosmetic procedures often involve a combination of medical necessity and personal desire. If you are unclear about what a tummy tuck can and cannot do, it can be difficult to make a decision. The first step is to fully understand the procedure and how it can create a smoother, firmer abdomen.
Is a Tummy Tuck a Replacement for Weight Loss?
A tummy tuck is not a surgical alternative to weight loss. This is a procedure that is best suited for those who have already achieved their weight goals, but now want to address excess or sagging skin, stretch marks, split abdominal muscles and other problems that resulted from pregnancy or past weight gain.
Will I Have to Make a Lifestyle Change?
In order to sustain the benefits from your surgery, you need to be willing to continue to focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle, and an exercise routine. You can't expect surgery alone to be a lifetime fix.
Will I Have a Scar?
Who wouldn't be worried about surgical scars? The fact is that the incision required for this surgery is made below the panty line and will be invisible in underwear or a bikini bottom. Moreover, our skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Birely employs a variety of surgical techniques that make the scar as thin, fine and light as possible.
Is Liposuction Required?
Each person's situation is unique. Not every tummy tuck procedure includes liposuction. Whether your procedure will require this treatment will be based upon your individual condition, and your aesthetic goals for your body shape.
Can I Have a Pregnancy After a Tummy Tuck?
Not everyone who considers a tummy tuck has had a child. If you have concerns that having this procedure before you have a baby will cause problems, you need not be concerned.
While it's true that a tummy tuck does not impact on your ability to have a healthy pregnancy, it is also true that pregnancy will cause skin and tissue stretching. While many women don't have any repercussions, others may find that the abdomen does not fully return to its pre-pregnancy, post-surgery firmness.
Is a Tummy Tuck Only for Women?
Men don't bear children, but it is common that they develop loose and sagging abdominal skin and excess fatty deposits in the abdomen as they age. Exercise alone may not be enough to give you the taut stomach you envision. A tummy tuck can restore your abdomen to a firmer, more youthful, athletic appearance.
Why Dr. Birely?
You don't just want a "good" result from your surgery. You want the best result possible.
One of the measures of a successful cosmetic procedure is that it looks natural. Achieving this kind of result involves exceptional surgical skills and experience, including a deep understanding of skin, muscle and tissue structure that comes from both scientific knowledge and practical experience.
A board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience, Dr. Birely brings skill and compassion to his work. Patients in the Baltimore area who are considering a tummy tuck are truly fortunate to have access to his services.
“Dr. Birely explained everything to us step by step and was very patient with our questions. One of his staff members had a tummy tuck and I was able to ask her questions too. Dr. Birely did not hide anything. He told us how I would feel with the surgery and what to expect as I recovered. The cost of the surgery and operation cost were so much less than I expected it to be. The cost also included the following visits after the surgery too. I was very surprised about that. I felt confident that this is what I needed and something that was affordable. I made the surgery date and had the surgery as an outpatient. I also had a little liposuction to my hips to blend the curves.“
“Dr. Brent Birely has a wonderful bedside manner and is an excellent surgeon. He explained everything to us. He answers your questions directly. His staff is great they are very caring from the time of your first visit, through the surgery, and then your recover and follow up appointments. This was a great experience and the only thing I would change is doing it sooner than later.“
Signed, Flat Tummy in Baltimore
“I got a Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck about a year ago. I just went out and bought my first bathing suit in 15 years. For the first time in a LONG time, I did not feel like a freak. My husband said I looked hot and my daughter said I looked skinny. I feel I just look normal. THANK YOU!!!!“
Patient from Baltimore
“I want to thank all of you for being so caring and helping me reach my goals. Your genuine concern went a long way and made a real difference in my life. I felt very comfortable and confident with all of you. I am grateful to have you all sharing my journey. I will forever be grateful to you.“
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