Tummy Tuck Pensacola, FL

A tummy tuck is the ideal procedure to give you a tight mid-section and help restore firmness to your abdomen. Liposuction is often done in conjunction with a tummy tuck to help define the waistline and enhance the final results of a tummy tuck.

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Typical Timing/Age

>35-65 years old

Problem

Excess abdominal skin and subcutaneous fat. Abdominal wall muscle laxity. This is usually caused by pregnancy, weight fluctuations and aging.

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ummy Tuck by Dr. Leveque

 

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Procedure

Through a horizontal incision on your lower abdomen excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed. Also through this incision your abdominal wall muscles are sutured together to improve your abdominal contour. There are no sutures to remove as they are all internal. The resultant scars are a horizontal scar across your lower abdomen and a small scar around your belly button. Depending on your abdomen, one or two drains will most likely be placed to aid in the healing process.

Goal

To improve abdominal contour.

Facility

Surgery Center or Hospital

Preparation

Patients should be at a stable weight and cannot be using any nicotine containing substances.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia

Tummy Tuck by Dr. Butler

 

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Recovery

Hospital stay

This is out-patient surgery.  In the vast majority of cases, patients go home after surgery.

Positioning

After an abdominoplasty, you will need to keep your hips flexed at all times for 1-2 weeks to help minimize the tension on your skin incision. This means walking around a little hunched over and sleeping in a recliner or in bed with pillows under your back and your knees.

Assistance

You will need someone to help take care of you after surgery as you will not be able to lift children, heavy items, etc.

Walking

You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.

Showering

After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.

Exercise

You will need to wait 2 weeks for light exercise, 4 weeks for regular exercise and at least 6 weeks for abdominal exercises.

Sex

Wait 2 weeks because you don’t want to stress your incisions or increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.

Work

1-2 weeks depending on your type of work.

Swelling

 

Bruising

Usually subsides after 2-3 weeks

Risks & Complications

Hematoma, Seroma, Infection, Poor scarring, Dehiscence, Delayed wound healing, Skin necrosis, Asymmetry, Numbness, Thromboembolism, Contour irregularities, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.

Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque, Dr. Patterson

*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571

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