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Are you spending half your life in the gym and not seeing the flat tummy you wish you had? Sometimes no amount of exercise and diet can achieve what a tummy tuck can. Even if you have normal body weight and proportion your belly can be loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
Pregnancy – Aging – Significant fluctuations in weight – Heredity – Prior surgery
The thought of the discomfort, down time and scarring have stopped many women from having a tummy tuck. It is absolutely not true that a tummy tuck needs to be painful or associated with a long recovery time
This advance in tummy tuck surgery involves limiting the surgical portion and combining it with laser-assisted liposuction. If the surgery is limited to only the areas necessary and made with as little little trauma as possible, healing and discomfort are minimized. Dr. Studin has used this procedure successfully in hundreds of patients.
Another piece of the mosaic involves anesthesia. A long-acting local anesthetic is used to decrease the need for pain medicine, because if you wake up comfortable, the need for pain medicine is MUCH less and you just feel BETTER! This will be followed by carefully planned medication to stop the pain BEFORE it happens. If you meet a past patient, the vast majority will tell you that this combination allowed them to have their reduction with remarkably little discomfort.
Tummy Tuck surgery usually takes only one to one and a half hours in my practice and is done in my accredited private surgery center with a board-certified anesthesiologist. The anesthesia is very short-acting so you wake up quickly and feeling much better than with older types of anesthesia. Managed properly, there should be very little pain. You go home the same day. In most cases, you are back to work or school in 7 – 10 days! Exercise is usually deferred for 3-4 weeks.
Liposuction removes excess fat beneath the skin. While Smartlipo, laser liposuction is better than traditional liposuction, it cannot tighten the muscles or remove extra skin. You should have a consultation with Dr. Studin to see which procedure is best for you.
Abdominoplasty is frequently performed as part of a “Mommy Makeover”. Abdominoplasties are often coupled with breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or liposuction. Undergoing these procedures at the same time is often desirable get the best result and avoid multiple surgeries.
When the abdominal muscles become weakened and separate, exercise will not repair the abdomen. The gap that develops needs to be surgically repaired to return the muscles to their natural position. Following this repair, patients will see the results of diet and exercise as the normal position of the muscles is restored.
In almost all cases Dr. Studin combines liposuction with the tummy tuck to contour the hips, flanks and love handle area.