Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a common surgery for men and women who are seeking a more toned stomach. A tummy tuck removes surplus skin and fat tissue from your abdomen, leaving you with the slim stomach you've been yearning for. Maybe you are having a difficult time getting rid of excess fat and skin after losing a large amount of weight or giving birth. Exercise and diet can only take your body so far. This is where types of body contouring, like an abdominoplasty, can help you reach your ideal body goal.
The first step towards the smooth and flat stomach you've always longed for is to schedule an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Paul Angelchik. The American Board of Plastic Surgery ensures that surgeons stay up to date on modern techniques and technologies. If you're wondering if you're a candidate for a tummy tuck, contact Dr. Angelchik at (602)-761-7887 in Glendale, Arizona to schedule an appointment today.
Types of Tummy Tucks
There are several forms of abdominoplasties. Which tummy tuck is right for you will depend on your health and desired results. After your initial consultation, Dr. Angelchik will recommend one of these variations:
- Standard Tummy Tuck. This is the most common surgery, which tightens all of your abdominal muscles while removing fat tissue and skin.
- Mini-Tummy Tuck. A less invasive surgery that focuses on smaller rolls or muscle bulges. The mini abdominoplasty strengthens a small portion of your abdominal muscle wall and focuses on the skin and fat below your belly button. This will leave you with the smallest scar of all of the surgical variations.
- Extended Tummy Tuck. This involves tightening all of your abdominal skin and muscles, but also includes your sides and flanks.
- Saldanha Lipoabdominoplasty. The most aggressive form of a tummy tuck. Saldanha Lipoabdominoplasty includes extensive liposuction and deep muscle contouring to give you the maximum amount of body sculpting. Dr. Angelchik is the only plastic surgeon in West Valley who performs this procedure.
What to Expect
When you meet with Dr. Angelchik, you will be asked for a complete medical history including past surgeries, medical conditions, pregnancies, and allergies. Remember to disclose all herbal supplements or vitamins you are taking. Supplements like Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, and green tea can heighten your risk of complications during and after surgery. Some of your medications or vitamins could cause a problem during surgery, and you might be asked to discontinue them for one month prior and one month after your abdominoplasty.
Dr. Angelchik will inspect your abdominal muscle and skin elasticity during your initial appointment, and could require you to have routine blood work and cardio testing done. He will also take a before picture to add to his before and after gallery. Dr. Angelchik will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your tummy tuck.
Your hospital stay will depend on the extent of your surgery. If you've undergone a mini-tummy tuck you could be able to leave the hospital on the same day. Major forms of abdominoplasties will require a hospital stay of 1-2 nights to ensure you begin healing correctly. You will most likely feel groggy from the general anesthesia.
Dr. Angelchik will tell you when it's okay to resume your daily exercise and activities, but you could be showing off your new tummy within 1-3 months. There will be significant bruising and swelling for at least ten days. Residual bruising could last for several months. Tummy tucks come with risks like all forms of surgery, but many of these complications can be avoided by following your aftercare instructions.
If you're interested in an abdominoplasty, contact Dr. Paul Angelchik today at (602)-761-7887 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Angelchik serves patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona.