Many people who seek a slimmer abdomen and want to improve the contour of their bodies come to Sun Valley’s Dr. Crais for abdominoplasty surgery.
What is an abdominoplasty’?
An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure commonly known as a tummy tuck. Tummy tucks are perfect for patients who wish to lose excess skin and fat from their abdominal area, especially in areas that don’t seem to respond to dieting and exercise. Through a tummy tuck, the abdomen is flattened as extra skin and fat are removed. The muscles in the abdominal wall are also tightened in this procedure.
Who are good candidates for an abdominoplasty?
Ideal candidates for abdominoplasty are in good overall health and do not smoke. Smoking can affect the healing process, as well as the results of the procedure.
Women who have undergone multiple pregnancies are good candidates, due to their stretched abdominal skin and muscles. Patients who were once obese but have lost a great deal of weight can benefit from the procedure to remove the saggy, excess skin and tighten the abdomen. It’s important to remember, though, that abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure.
How will I prepare for an abdominoplasty?
If you are a smoker, Dr. Crais will likely advise you to stop smoking for a certain time before and after the procedure. Smoking slows recovery and healing, and increases the risk of complications in the future.
Otherwise, Dr. Crais will discuss with you everything you need to know in your pre-operative consultation.
What happens during an abdominoplasty?
Dr. Crais will put markings on your abdomen to serve as guides for the incisions. You will be either under local or general anesthesia and sedation. There are different approaches to abdominoplasty, and the method chosen will depend on your condition and preference. Incisions are made on the abdominal skin and muscles, the skin is pulled tight, and any excess is removed. The skin is then anchored to deep muscle tissue or bone and the incisions are closed with sutures or staples.
What can I expect after an abdominoplasty?
Pain and swelling are normal after the procedure. Dr. Crais will prescribe pain medications to address any discomfort. There can also be numbness, bruising, and fatigue. For several weeks to months after the procedure, you may experience soreness in the treatment area.