What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a procedure designed to reduce the amount of excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. The procedure, commonly referred to as an abdominoplasty, can also be used to repair the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck is a very versatile procedure that can be combined with other procedures for a complete body transformation. Dr. Schlesinger performs tummy tucks along with breast augmentation, liposuction, labiaplasty and other procedures for his Mommy Makeover patients.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
In general, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Hawaii if:
- You are in good overall physical health
- You have maintained a stable, healthy weight
- You are a non-smoker and can commit to staying so
- You have realistic expectations for the procedure
- You have specific goals in mind for your post-operative appearance
- You are persistently bothered by the aesthetic of your abdomen
- You have tried losing weight in the abdominal area with limited or no success
Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
Prepare yourself for your tummy tuck consultation by defining your surgical goals as descriptively as possible. With a thorough and complete understanding of exactly what you want from the procedure, Dr. Schlesinger can tailor a procedure plan specifically for you. Also, be prepared to share information about any medications you are currently taking and details about any previous surgeries you may have had. It is also recommended that you view Dr. Schlesinger’s before and after photo gallery to get an idea of what is possible with a tummy tuck.
Preparing for a Tummy Tuck in Hawaii
Dr. Schlesinger is Hawaii’s tummy tuck expert and will guide you through every step of the procedure. At your consultation, Dr. Schlesinger will evaluate your general health to confirm that you are fit to have the procedure, take photographs, discuss your full range of options and recommend a specific tummy tuck procedure. After consulting with Dr. Schlesinger, you may be asked to adjust any medications you are currently taking. It is ideal to stop smoking as soon as possible before the procedure and avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
Elements of the Tummy Tuck
Belly Button Surgery (Umbilicoplasty)
Belly Button Surgery is the re-creation of an aesthetically pleasing belly button during a tummy tuck. Most plastic surgeons ignore the belly button during a tummy tuck, but Dr. Schlesinger knows the aesthetic importance of a belly button. During a tummy tuck, the skin of the abdomen is moved downward. Dr. Schlesinger anchors the belly button to the muscle wall and creates a new opening for it to heal. Dr. Schlesinger’s unique belly button surgery requires no sutures placed at the junction of the abdomen to your belly button, with all other sutures placed either below the skin or hidden within the belly button to minimize scarring.
Rectus Diastis is the separation of the abdominal muscle during pregnancy. To repair this separation, permanent sutures are required as dissolvable sutures may dissolve too soon and erase the results of the corrective surgery. Dr. Schlesinger uses a very specific series of “figure 8” sutures to close the separation of the abdominal muscle, then sews over that with what is known as a running locking suture. Dr. Schlesinger has seen success with this technique in hundreds of patients.
Tummy Tuck Closure
For the most aesthetically pleasing tummy tuck, the closure must be as low as possible on the body – usually 8 to 10 inches of pubic hair and abdominal skin is removed. The lower the closure, the more likely it is any visible scaring will be covered by clothing or swimwear. Dr. Schlesinger’s unique closure procedure includes closure of multiple layers to minimize the appearance of scarring. The bottom layer of the incision is closed in the SFS (superficial fascial system) with thread. Above that, dissolvable staples and sutures are used, followed by traditional staples and sutures which are removed after three days. Then, the suture line is taped for 3-4 months to reduce scarring and redness.
Tummy Tuck Risks
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and possible complications with tummy tucks; however, Dr. Schlesinger has extensive experience and the best possible training to minimize these risks as much as possible. For a complete and thorough list of possible risks, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schlesinger. The best way to learn about your procedure is to meet with Dr. Schlesinger so he can give you a complete evaluation.
Typical Tummy Tuck Results
Tummy tucks provide a slimmer, firmer abdominal contour with the goal of matching the proportions of the rest of your body. The final results of your tummy tuck will be initially obscured by swelling and other factors, but do not be discouraged! Every tummy tuck patient has to wait a couple weeks before getting an idea of the final result. Be sure to view Dr. Schlesinger’s before and after gallery and make note of any specific patient results you would like to experience yourself.
Learn More about Tummy Tucks
The best way to learn more about tummy tucks is to schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Schlesinger and his wonderful staff. They will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and assist you in any way they can throughout your Hawaii tummy tuck. Dr. Schlesinger routinely serves tummy tuck patients from Honolulu, Maui, Kona, Hilo and across the beautiful state of Hawaii. If you’re tired of looking in the mirror and being embarrassed by your tummy, don’t hesitate to make an appointment today and be on your way to a new you that you’ll love!