- How is a mini tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) performed?
- What is endoscopic abdominoplasty?
- What are the risks of having tummy tuck surgery?
- How long is the recovery period?
How is a mini tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) performed?
For years, Dr. Grady Core has been one of the country’s leading teaching cosmetic plastic surgeons and is considered an innovator in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. During a mini tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Core will make a small transverse incision just above your pubic area of about 6-8 inches in length. Then, a small amount of skin is removed, and the area is liposuctioned. A small amount of undermining is done below the umbilicus; the muscles are re-tightened with sutures in the lower abdominal midline. To prevent the buildup of tissue fluid in the pocket, a small drain is placed for approximately 8-10 days. Typically, patients return to full activity in two weeks. This procedure is best for patients who have minimal excess skin laxity of the lower abdomen and/or minimal laxity of the abdominal muscles.
What is endoscopic abdominoplasty?
Dr. Core, one of the early investigators of this procedure, has been performing endoscopic abdominoplasties since 1993. Dr. Core has taught this procedure to plastic surgeons throughout the United States and is proud to provide his patients with this exciting tummy tuck surgery. Endoscopic abdominoplasty is reserved for patients who have no skin problem and who have only muscle laxity. The procedure involves a small incision of about one inch being made just above the hair-bearing area of the pubic area and in the umbilicus. The skin “envelope” is elevated to reveal the underlying musculature, which is then repaired under direct endoscopic vision. The skin then retracts into place. A drain is placed, and patients typically fully recover within two weeks. In addition to women who have good skin but stretched muscles, this procedure can be performed on men who have not had trouble with excess fatty tissue but who have a separation of muscles in the midline (a condition called diastasis recti), which can be repaired endoscopically by bringing the muscles together.
What are the risks of having tummy tuck surgery?
Thousands of people undergo abdominoplasty each year with no adverse effects and with great results. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is an inherent risk. Some of the risks associated with tummy tuck surgery include blood clots, the effects of anesthesia, swelling, infection, bleeding, and pain or discomfort. Thankfully, these complications are rare and can usually be avoided. Dr. Core will review these risks with your prior to your surgery. By carefully following your pre- and post-operative instructions, you can considerably reduce the risk of complications. Being a respected teaching cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Grady Core is not only knowledgeable about endoscopic cosmetic surgery, he’s an innovator in this field. He provides his patients with the most up-to-date procedures and technology available and even practices special pain relief techniques. Dr. Core’s experience and knowledge is second to none.
How long is the recovery period?
Recovery periods will vary from patient to patient depending on the condition of your health. You will usually be advised to avoid heavy lifting and similar vigorous activities while you are recovering. A light exercise program will help you heal better and can help avoid medical complications such as excess swelling and blood clotting. Like most scars, it takes about a year for it to mature and form a subtle pale line.
At Core & Associates Plastic Surgery you will receive the best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private abdominoplasty surgery consultation, please contact us today.