Drainless Tummy Tuck
What is it?
A tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, is a helpful surgery to address excess skin and/or separation in the six-pack muscles (rectus diastasis). Dr. Hartmann also includes liposuction of the flanks to bring in the contour, resulting in a more hourglass figure. The incision is usually from hip to hip and will often help with lifting the mons area as well. There is usually another incision around the belly button and the rectus muscles are repaired. Dr. Hartmann has gone through specialized training to perform a special technique of internal stitches (progressive tension sutures), which results in no need for drains (allowing for a much more pleasant recovery). Other types of abdominoplasty a patient may desire are a mini abdominoplasty (skin of lower abdomen removed only), or a reverse abdominoplasty, which addresses skin excess that only presents on the upper abdomen (this is done with an incision line under the breasts). Candidates who chose to move forward with this surgery find it to be truly transformative.
Am I a candidate?
Candidates for this surgery must be at their optimal weight (for them) and stable for at least 3 months. The upper abdomen must be evaluated to assess how much fat is on the inside, around the organs. If there is too much fat inside the abdomen you may be asked to lose weight prior to surgery in order to become a candidate. Likewise, if you have a hernia you may be asked to see a general surgeon prior to seeking an abdominoplasty.
Before & Afters
What is recovery like?
Recovery time varies by patient. You will be placed into a compression binder for 6 weeks. Restrictions include 2 weeks without exertional activity (house work, yard work, lifting greater than 15 lbs). At 6 weeks, you will be allowed to return to the gym, and to all other activities, with your new tummy. All stitches will be dissolvable and supportive scar tapes will be used in the first 4 weeks. You will be followed closely for good healing and given scar therapy options as necessary. Swelling will take 3-6 months to subside. The incision line will take a full year to turn white.
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