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Tummy Tuck Edina

If your still not getting the tummy you want after consistent diet and exercise you likely have excess skin and fat (ugh –flab) on your abdomen that does not respond to exercise or improving your diet. You may want to consider a tummy tuck, which plastic surgeons refer to as an abdominoplasty. The surgery is designed to flatten the abdomen by getting rid of the extra skin and fat while tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall. It is different from liposuction, although many patients choose concurrent liposuction with an abdominoplasty.

Ideal Candidates

Women who have been through pregnancy will find an abdominoplasty incredibly powerful for tightening the abdominal muscles and reducing the excess skin. It is also a great option for both men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight and still have loose skin or fat unwanted deposits around their belly.

Who Shouldn’t Consider It

Women who are planning to get pregnant should postpone the abdominoplasty surgery until after they are done having children. The vertical muscles in your abdomen are tightened during the surgery, and the result can be compromised by future pregnancy.

If you are currently obese and desiring to lose weight, then a tummy tuck might not be the best option for you. It is not an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise.

How to Prepare for the Procedure

During your consultation at our office, you will be able to discuss your abdominoplasty options with Dr. Jacobson. They include:

  • Complete Abdominoplasty – While performing this procedure, the surgeon will create an incision on the abdomen from one hipbone to the other and will then alter the muscle, fat, and skin as needed. Typically, this surgery involves moving the belly button, and you will need to have drainage tubes placed under the skin for a few days.
  • Mini, or Partial, Abdominoplasty – Partial abdominoplasties are usually performed on people who have fat deposits just beneath their navel. It’s best for dealing with excess tissue on the lower abdomen specifically. This surgery does not involve displacing the belly button and might take a few hours, depending on your particular case.

If you are currently smoking, you will need to quit for at least 4-6 weeks before and after the surgery. Bear in mind that it is not enough if you just cut down on the smoking. You need to stop completely, as smoking can lead to surgical complications and slow down the healing time.

Do not start a crash diet before you go for the surgery. Make sure that you eat complete and well-balanced meals. A healthy diet with plenty of protein also promotes faster healing.

Make sure that you tell your surgeon about any medications that you are taking, including herbal medicines, prescription drugs, and other supplements. Your surgeon may instruct you to stop taking some of them for a specific time period before and after the surgery.

The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, but your surgeon might ask you to stay in the hospital overnight depending on your situation.

Schedule Your Abdominoplasty Consultation

For more information on the abdominoplasty procedure, arrange a consultation with Dr. Jacobson by contacting our office. Dr. Jacobson will be happy to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

 

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