Tummy tucks are one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in the United States. The procedure has grown in popularity because of its success in removing excess skin, eliminating unwanted fat, and tightening muscles of the abdomen. Whether your reason is past pregnancies, weight loss, or natural aging, you can improve your body contours with a tummy tuck from Dr. Mark H. Tseng – Plastic and Aesthetics in Kirkland, WA.
Candidates for tummy tucks
You may be wondering; how do I know if I need a tummy tuck or liposuction? Liposuction is an extremely effective procedure at removing excess fat, but it will not address the tightening of the muscles or excess skin. In general, individuals with extra skin, loose muscles, or muscles that have separated are great candidates for tummy tuck surgery.
The tummy tuck process
Tummy tucks are done under general anesthesia to ensure that you are pain-free during the surgery. During a full tummy tuck, Dr. Tseng will make an incision from hip to hip in the lower abdomen so that any scarring can be hidden underneath swimwear or underwear. The next step is to tighten the muscles and stitch them together if they are separated. Then, any excess fat is removed with liposuction and any excess skin can be excised. The final step is to re-shape the belly button to ensure a beautiful, natural-looking abdomen.
In a mini tummy tuck, a small incision is made above the pubic mound so that the loose muscles can be tightened, and excess fat or skin can be removed. Mini tummy tucks are good for addressing a lower abdominal “pooch.”
Recovery from tummy tucks
After your surgery, the entire area will be bandaged, and you will be given compression material to support the abdomen and minimize swelling. It is normal to experience some swelling and the ability to stand fully upright for a couple of weeks following surgery. Patients should contact us immediately if they are unable to manage pain or notice any warning signs of an infection.
Book your consultation today!
If you are in the Kirkland, WA area and would like to learn more about the benefits of tummy tucks or any other cosmetic procedures that we offer, call our office today at (425) 414-8553 to schedule an appointment.