The abdominoplasty, or more commonly called a tummy tuck, is an invasive procedure designed to restore a flat, smooth abdomen. The stomach can lose tone and shape over the years due to pregnancy and weight fluctuations. Those who have undergone a gastric bypass or extreme weight loss may also find they are left with large amounts of sagging skin along the waistline. No matter the reason, regaining a youthful figure through diet and exercise alone can be extremely difficult. The tummy tuck from the Naderi Center can bring back a taut abdomen, restoring confidence and self-esteem.
Abdominoplasty at the Naderi Center
Dr. Erica Anderson offers patients the latest options in body sculpting procedures, including the tummy tuck. By getting to know the unique expectations of each patient, Dr. Anderson can tailor the abdominoplasty procedure for the best surgical outcome. A trusting patient/surgeon relationship is key in obtaining the desired results. Dr. Anderson brings years of abdominoplasty experience and extensive technical skills to each procedure.
A tummy tuck can be performed on its own, providing excellent results. For optimal aesthetic benefits, the abdominoplasty can also be paired with any body shaping procedure, such as liposuction or a breast lift. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will explain all of the options to achieve desired results.
The Ideal Abdominoplasty Patient
Anyone who is frustrated with excess skin and fat above and below the belly button can benefit from the abdominoplasty procedure. An ideal candidate will be in good health, be at a stable weight, and hold reasonable expectations for their results. Patients should be nonsmokers, and fully understand the tummy tuck procedure, as well as the recovery requirements. The abdominoplasty can be particularly beneficial for those who have had a large weight loss, or following a pregnancy. Those with certain medical conditions, taking blood thinners, or other medications that may halt the healing process, should postpone their abdominoplasty procedure.
The Abdominoplasty Consultation
Men and women who are interested in the abdominoplasty technique should begin the process by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Anderson. This appointment will provide a time to get to know the surgeon, as well as to learn about the tummy tuck in detail. Dr. Anderson will review the patient’s medical history and perform a physical exam of the abdomen. During this appointment, Dr. Anderson will carefully listen to the candidate’s aesthetic desires. To assist in visualizing the potential results, she will then show before/after photographs of her most recent abdominoplasty patients. After answering any remaining questions, Dr. Anderson can assist in determining if the tummy tuck is right for the individual patient’s situation.
Once the abdominoplasty has been decided upon, Dr. Anderson will create a personalized surgical plan. She will explain the pre/post surgical instructions, as well as what to expect from the recovery period. During this time, the exact cost of the tummy tuck will be established, and all payment options will be explained.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Dr. Anderson’s abdominoplasty will be performed at an accredited outpatient surgical center. The surgery will generally take from two and four hours, depending on the extent of correction required. The procedure is performed using general anesthesia, and in some cases may involve an overnight hospital stay for maximum comfort.
To start the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Anderson will create a lower transverse incision, immediately above the pubic area, running from hipbone to hipbone. From here, she will excise unwanted skin and fatty tissues. Next, she may use the liposuction technique to further sculpt the abdomen. Dr. Anderson will then tighten the remaining muscles, and pull the skin taut, before placing sutures for proper healing.
There are several types of tummy tuck available today; the right one will depend on the patient’s physique and intended results.
- A full abdominoplasty removes excess tissue, and reconstructs the abdominal wall. The full abdominoplasty is the chosen technique for patients who have gone through pregnancy or experienced a dramatic fluctuation in weight.
- A mini-abdominoplasty involves removing only the stretched skin from below the belly button area. During this technique, Dr. Anderson will also tighten the lower abdominal muscles. The mini-abdominoplasty is best suited for those patients seeking minimal correction below their belly button.
Preparing for an Abdominoplasty
At the consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will provide detailed pre and post op abdominoplasty instructions. If any questions arise, patients should contact the office immediately. To ensure a smooth and successful recovery period, the following should be kept in mind:
- Arrange for a ride home from the hospital or surgery center; you will not be allowed to drive.
- Pick up any medications before the day of your tummy tuck; some may need to be started right away.
- Consider scheduling a friend or family member to stop by each day, helping you with light chores or errands.
- Recovery supplies such as extra pillows, reading materials, movies, and ice packs will make the first several day more comfortable.
- For several days, patients will be on a soft diet. Have a variety of items on hand.
- Important phone numbers should be within easy reach for emergencies.
- Take the recommended time off work to heal.
- Schedule all follow-up appointments with Dr. Anderson and do not miss them, no matter how good you feel.
- Be excited; fabulous results are on their way!
I was so very impressed with Dr. Naderi. I appreciated his guidance, and his opinion re: to not do any other procedures. Too bad there are not more people like him “out there.” Very professional indeed.
Potential Risks of the Tummy Tuck
Dr. Anderson has years of experience with the abdominoplasty procedure. She utilizes today’s most cutting-edge techniques to provide ideal results. When patients choose a skilled provider, such as Dr. Anderson, the abdominoplasty is considered a rewarding procedure.
The tummy tuck is an invasive procedure, meaning there is always a small risk for complications to occur, even with the most meticulous surgeon. Risks from the procedure, although rare, include excess bleeding, infection, scarring, and nerve damage. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will review all of the potential abdominoplasty complications.
The Tummy Tuck Recovery Process
The abdominoplasty recovery period will take from seven to fourteen days. Most people are feeling well enough to return to work in about a week, although vigorous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for up to eight weeks.
At first, patients will note bruising and swelling; these will resolve over the following two to three weeks. Moderate pain is not uncommon. Dr. Anderson will prescribe necessary medication for a comfortable recovery. A compression garment will need to be worn for the next several weeks, as well. This will assist in keeping the swelling to minimum and will promote proper healing.
Some benefits of the abdominoplasty will be noticeable immediately. However, full results from a tummy tuck will take from four to six months to appear. As the swelling slowly resolves, and the healing process progresses, the tummy tuck’s complete benefits can be appreciated.
Getting Started on Your Abdominoplasty with Dr. Erica Anderson
If you are still considering the benefits of an abdominoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Erica Anderson at the Naderi Center. For patient convenience, Dr. Anderson sees appointments at both the Herndon, Virginia office, as well as the Chevy Chase, Maryland location. Speak with a patient coordinator in Herndon at 703.481.0002 or in Chevy Chase at 301.222.2020. For anyone outside of the immediate Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. area, virtual consultations with Dr. Anderson can also be arranged.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
What is an abdominoplasty?
The abdominoplasty, often referred to as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to smooth and tighten the abdomen. By removing excess fatty tissue and stretched, loose skin, Dr. Anderson can create a youthful, slender stomach.
How long will I need to be away from work, after my tummy tuck procedure?
Patients generally feel well enough to return to work five to seven days after their abdominoplasty procedure, as long as their job does not require heavy lifting.
When can I work out after my tummy tuck with Dr. Anderson?
Patients should wait for at least four to six weeks, after their tummy tuck, before undertaking any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.
What are the risks of Dr. Anderson’s tummy tuck?
While problems associated with a tummy tuck are rare, especially when performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Anderson, there is still the small chance for complications. These can include bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, and permanent numbness in the surgical area. Dr. Anderson will discuss these risks further during your consultation appointment.
What are the differences between a standard and an extended tummy tuck?
The length and extent of the incision line is what separates a standard versus an extended tummy tuck. You can expect to see scaring from hip to hip with a standard tummy tuck, whereas an extended tummy tuck will be extended to the flank area. This allows the surgeon to remove more excess skin and is usually better suited for significant weight loss patients.
Can I get an abdominoplasty if I have had a C-section in the past?
Yes, previously having a C-section does not cancel you out as a candidate for a tummy tuck. Plenty of tummy tuck patients have undergone cesareans in the past. However, all procedures are patient specific so it is important to book an in-person consultation with an experienced Board-Certified plastic surgeon in order to decide what procedure is best for you.
When is the right time for a tummy tuck after weight loss?
Your results will be significantly better if you have reached your goal weight and are not fluctuating. If you are still planning to lose more weight, then you should hold off on an abdominoplasty until you have met a stable goal weight that you are able to maintain. This will also decrease the scar length and risks associated with the procedure. Sometimes despite diet and exercise some areas of fat or adipose tissue around the abdomen are stubborn and may require liposuction in order to achieve the best cosmetic results possible with your tummy tuck. Dr. Anderson will be able to assess if is time to move forward with an abdominoplasty, as well as how much more weight you should attempt to lose before undergoing surgery.
When is it okay to schedule a tummy tuck after having had a baby whether by c-section or natural birth?
Recovering from pregnancy, whether it was natural child birth or a c-section, can take a year or more for your body to heal. Many changes occur in the pregnant body both from a physiological, hormonal and physical standpoint. This healing time is extended if you choose to breast feed your child after pregnancy. It takes some women months to a year to return back to their pre-pregnancy weight if that is what they desire. However, it is never too early to schedule a consultation with a Dr. Erica Anderson to gain information and explore your option for abdominoplasty in the future.