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Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty

"Dr. Moor is amazing! The office is beautiful, and his staff is friendly and helpful. Every time I called for anything someone was there to help me with any questions or concerns that I was having. I am very pleased with my results and so happy that I chose Dr. Gene Moor as my plastic surgeon"

The Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck, removes the excess skin and fat from the middle and lower stomach and aids in improving the abdominal profile by tightening the abdominal muscles and creating a “corset”. The appearance of the abdomen changes as the patient ages, after pregnancies and possibly after prior surgical procedures and is influenced by smoking and heredity. It is a preferred procedure for Patients who have lost a lot of weight after lap band surgery or other bariatric surgery or have achieved weight loss through diet and exercise. The best candidate is a healthy non-smoker who has lower abdomen saggy skin and fatty tissue, who has stretch marks after pregnancy or after weight loss. Often times these changes can only be improved with the cosmetic surgery of abdominoplasty. There are occasions where the patient still weighs more than the optimal weight, but the abdominoplasty gives you a kick start towards a healthier lifestyle.

If you anticipate significant weight loss or a pregnancy in the near future, Dr. Gene Moor may suggest that you postpone your surgery to get optimal final results.  For post bariatric weight loss patients, Dr. Moor recommends that your weight should have been stable for the last 6-12 months prior to surgery. The abdominoplasty, which is a cosmetic surgery, is done at Grandview Medical Center or at Brookwood Medical Center here in Birmingham and lasts 2-3 hours. The incision is made as low as possible on the abdomen at the level of the pubic hair (bikini line) to make it as inconspicuous as possible.  The incision extends horizontally across the abdomen toward the hip bones.

The abdominal skin and fat is elevated off the abdominal muscles, the weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, and the excess skin and fat is excised. The skin is pulled down, but the navel remains in the same position on the abdominal wall.  The navel is brought out through a new skin opening. The incision is then closed with dissolvable sutures. Post-operatively you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to reduce swelling and provide abdominal support. Resolvable sutures are used. The drainage tubes placed during surgery are closely monitored and are removed early in the post-operative period. Dr. Moor will you detailed post surgical instructions that will help speed up your healing process and recovery. Normal activities can be resumed in two to four weeks in most cases and strenuous activity (sit ups and heavy exercise or lifting, etc.) may be resumed in two to three months.  It may take up to 6-12 months for the swelling to completely resolve and you are able to appreciate the final result.

The end result should be a flatter contoured abdomen with tighter skin and a better overall contour. The scar is inconspicuous at the bikini level. The abdominoplasty results can be complimented with other cosmetic procedures such as Liposuction of the love handles and waist for a better lower body contour as well as a Mommy MakeOver, hysterectomy, corrective or reconstructive surgery or breast rejuvenation.

 

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