Abdominplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure utilized to create firmness of the abdomen. The procedure involves removing skin and fat from the abdomen, so that the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall tighten. Although many people undergo the process of receiving a tummy tuck, it is most frequently undertaken by patients who have given birth or experienced significant weight loss after being overweight. The surgery can vary in scope, and tends to generally be divided into different types of subcategories. Two of the most common are the complete abdominoplasty, and the partial abdominoplasty (also known as the mini abdominoplasty). A complete abdominoplasty involves general anesthesia, and can take between one and five hours depending on the individual conditions of the patient. In this procedure, one incision is made from hip to hip, while another incision is carried out in order to free the belly button from the surrounding area. Next, the surgeon will detach the skin from the abdominal wall, tighten the fascia with sutures, remove excess fat (typically using liposuction), replace the skin and navel, and then dress the area with a compression garment and drain the area in order to remove excess fluids. A mini abdominoplasty can involve only local anesthesia, and take anywhere between one to two hours to complete; with smaller incisions and a more limited detachment of the skin from the fascia, this procedure is slightly less invasive. After, the skin is extended downwards, and the excess is removed. Occasionally, the belly button will be place lower down, and the fascia wall will be tightened much like the complete abdominoplasty. Liposuction may also be used during a mini abdominoplasty. Finally, the skin will be replaced, stitched, and covered. In regards to recovery time, a mini abdominoplasty involved one to four weeks without strenuous activity or work. Although some bruising and discomfort may occur, symptoms can be managed with pain medication. A full abdominoplasty recovery period is approximately between three to six months, with scars fading over time. Although the procedure is considered to be safe and effective, there are risks associated with it, much like any other surgery. Tummy tucks can have complications, which should be discussed in full with the surgeon who will be performing the procedure. Dr. Baker strives to aid patients in obtaining their desired results for procedures, and places the utmost importance on the safety and health of all his patients. Some other procedures that can enhance the results of abdominoplasty are liposuction and breast augmentation, however, Dr. Baker will never pressure patients to undergo multiple surgeries. Unlike other cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Baker understands how important it is for patients to feel safe and comfortable. When considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure, payment options can be a huge concern. Although cosmetic procedures are not typically covered by insurance companies, our office has many ways to assist you in financial aspects of the procedure. Through the form on our website, we can help you learn more about financing programs offered by Fifth Third Bank, and Fairwinds Credit Union. You may also call our office at 407-960-6036, for more help.
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