Discover the Tummy Tuck and Its Benefits in this Case Study
There are a number of cosmetic procedures that have the ability of reshaping the body. One of these cosmetic procedures is the tummy tuck, a procedure regularly executed by Dr Lanzer at his clinic. To learn more about the tummy tuck and its benefits, please read on to discover the information provided by Australia’s leading cosmetic surgery clinics.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck, also known as the abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure executed to make the abdomen thinner and more toned. The procedure could involve excess skin removal, fat removal from the abdomen, and the tightening of the abdominal wall muscles.
Tummy tuck procedures are often requested by patients who are struggling with a lot of excess skin, sagging skin or loose skin. These problems are quite common after a pregnancy or a considerable weight loss.
How Is the Abdominoplasty Performed?
An abdominoplasty can be performed in many different ways, given the fact that the abdominoplasty can be divided into a number of categories. The manner in which the tummy tuck is performed also depends on the extend of the procedure. For example, a full abdominoplasty could take up to five hours, while a mini-abdominoplasty usually takes up to two hours.
What Is a Full Abdominoplasty?
During a complete abdominoplasty, Dr Lanzer needs to make an incision from hip to hip, right above the pubic area. Once this incision is made, another incision is made to loosen the navel; this is done so the navel can be repositioned after the abdominoplasty.
When the incisions are made, Dr Lanzer will detach the skin from the abdominal wall; this will reveal all the underlying muscles and fascia. By revealing the underlying structures, Dr Lanzer will be able to tighten the muscles and fascia, reshape the tummy and achieve the desired appearance. In some cases, the transition zones of the abdomen need to be shaped to reach the desired goal. To reshape the transition zones, Dr Lanzer will use liposuction.
Before the end of the procedure, Dr Lanzer will remove any excess fluid from the abdomen. After the execution of a full abdominoplasty, a dressing will be applied. In some cases, Dr Lanzer may also use a compression garment.
What Is a Partial Abdominoplasty?
Partial abdominoplasty is better known under the name mini-abdominoplasty. During a partial abdominoplasty, a smaller incision is made to reach the desired area. The separation of the skin from the muscle fascia also happens in a less invasive fashion than with a full abdominoplasty.
What Is an Extended Abdominoplasty?
An extended abdominoplasty is a full abdominoplasty combined with a lateral thigh lift. For an extended abdominoplasty, Dr Lanzer will do an abdominal contouring with full abdominoplasty, but can also make improvements of the waist if they should be needed. During this procedure, Dr Lanzer will also be able to smooth the contour of the upper lateral thigh.
What Is a High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty?
The high lateral tension abdominoplasty is a more advanced tummy tuck that takes more than four and a half hours to execute. While a normal abdominoplasty will tighten the muscles vertically, a high lateral tension abdominoplasty will tighten the muscles horizontally and vertically. With this new technique, patients are able to obtain an abdomen that is considerably flatter with a well-defined waistline.
What Is the Floating Abdominoplasty?
The floating abdominoplasty is basically an extended mini-abdominoplasty. The technique allows the tightening and shaping of muscles through a smaller incision, which is not situated around the belly button.
With the floating abdominoplasty, patients can obtain a tummy tuck without needing to move the belly button.
What Is a Circumferential Abdominoplasty?
A circumferential abdominoplasty is the extended abdominoplasty combined with a buttock lift. Because of the specific areas treated, the circumferential abdominoplasty is also referred to as the belt lipectomy or the lower body lift.
The circumferential abdominoplasty is most commonly used in patients who had a tremendous amount of weight loss. Considering the fact that a high amount of weight loss can have a serious impact on the lower body, more specifically by the presence of a lot of excess skin, a circumferential abdominoplasty will be the recommended treatment.
Are There Combination Procedures for the Tummy Tuck?
In some cases, abdominoplasty procedures can be combined with liposuction. When this happens, the procedure is referred to as a lipotuck, which includes body contouring of the thighs, hips and buttocks.
How Long Does Recovery from Abdominoplasty Take?
Recovery from a tummy tuck is different for everyone, since there are a number of denominators to take into account. Firstly, recovery time will be subject to the problem area being treated and the surgical techniques used during that procedure.
As a general rule, patients should consider taking some time off work directly after their procedure. This can be anywhere between one week and four weeks, depending on the factors we briefly mentioned earlier. During this downtime, patients are advised not to do any heavy lifting.
Shortly after the procedure, most patients experience some mild discomfort, swelling and bruising. This is completely normal after an abdominoplasty. To reduce the swelling and bruising, Dr Lanzer may provide the patient with an abdominal binder or a compression garment, which will provide extra support for the repaired tissues. A compression garment can also aid the skin to conform to the new desired shape.
Up to one month after the procedure, patients should avoid all contact with nicotine. Nicotine, and subsequently smoking, may cause a serious delay in the recovery process and could increase the chance of infections.
Most patients make a full recovery between three and six months. The location of the incision may appear a little red for a couple of weeks, but this will heal and form a small silver line on the skin.
The patient in case study 2 experienced some overhang of the abdomen, caused by an excess fat deposit around the lower abdomen. From the photograph, you can derive that this patient was already around her target weight, but still suffered from excess fat that affected her figure. By getting a liposuction procedure, the overhang was removed by Dr Lanzer, which gave the patient a flatter abdomen. Any scarring remaining after the procedure is situated in a strategic location, which can easily be hidden underneath swim shorts or trousers.
While the excess fat has been successfully removed in this case study, the patient will have to maintain a healthy lifestyle after her surgery to maintain the results she has obtained. During a liposuction procedure, the surgeon removes fat cells from the body of the patient. Most patients mistakenly believe that the removal of those fat cells means that the patient cannot gain weight. Unfortunately, this is not the cause, because weight fluctuations and an unhealthy lifestyle could cause the fat to return to another location. To avoid this problem, make sure to follow the recommendations of your cosmetic surgery and visit your doctor regularly if you struggle with eating healthy or exercising. Your doctor could provide you with valuable advice, so you can maintain the results you have obtained from your procedure.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
All photographs represent one person's experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.
Best results are obtained when the procedure is combined with a balanced diet and exercise.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up.