Questions about Tummy Tucks

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What is a Modified or Mini-Tummy Tuck?

A modified tummy tuck involves removing excess skin from the abdominal area below the navel. Muscle tightening can also be performed. The scar may be shorter than with a standard tummy tuck. It is an ideal procedure for patients whose looseness is mainly below the navel. Dr. Kofkoff will often combine a mini tummy tuck with liposuction for better results.

What is a standard Tummy Tuck?

During a standard tummy tuck, excess fat is removed from the abdominal areas above and below the navel. Then the skin and muscles are pulled tightly and stitched. This provides a flatter abdomen with tighter muscles and a more contoured waist.

What is an extended Tummy Tuck?

In some cases, the patient may have more fullness that extends to the flanks and lower back. This may require the incisions used in a standard tummy tuck to be extended so that additional tissue can be removed.  If the incision is extended completely around the back, the extended tummy tuck could be considered a body lift procedure.

What happens during the healing process after a Tummy Tuck?

It is important after any cosmetic surgery procedure that you follow all of Dr. Kofkoff's directions thoroughly. In order to achieve the best results possible, you must give your body the time it needs to heal properly. Each patient heals differently, but as a general rule, bruising, swelling and discomfort should peak during the first week following your tummy tuck. You will be given a support garment that will aid in decreasing swelling.

During your second week, your discomfort should decrease and your drainage tubes and any sutures that are not self-dissolving will be removed. You will also begin increasing activities and will be able to resume driving.

Over the next few weeks, your energy level will steadily increase and you may begin normal activities and exercise gradually. Swelling will continue to decrease and you will not need the support garment any longer.

Over the next few months, your incisions will fade and swelling should resolve. Any remaining discomfort should be subsiding, and you will be able to enjoy your new appearance.

After receiving gastric bypass surgery, is a Tummy Tuck a good option?

Patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery often have a large amount of excess skin in the abdominal area. A tummy tuck is a good option for removing this excess skin and tightening the remaining skin. The abdominal muscles also have loosened due to lack of exercise over a long period of time.  During the tummy tuck, Dr. Kofkoff can tighten your muscles to create a flatter, more toned appearance to the abdomen.

If you are interested in learning more about tummy tucks or any other type of cosmetic surgery procedure, please do not hesitate to contact Richard L. Kofkoff, M.D., P.C. at his St. Louis, Missouri cosmetic surgery practice.