Tummy Tuck Liposuction Procedures
Tummy Tuck Liposuction Procedures
As a dermatologist and cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Lanzer has a long-standing interest in skin tightening and fat reduction. For over 25 years, Dr Daniel Lanzer has performed thousands of procedures and also offers the latest abdominoplasty method, which is referred to as tummy tuck liposuction or lipectomy.
Dr Lanzer had hands-on training for this surgical procedure in America with Dr Marco Pelosi II and III, cosmetic surgerys located in New Jersey. Dr Pelosi has extensive experience in abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, fat transfer and gynaecology services.
The knowledge and experienced passed on by Dr Pelosi allowed Dr Lanzer to continue his practice in a holistic way, allowing him to give patients the procedural option most suited to them. Now, Dr Lanzer can offer liposuction in combination with an abdominoplasty to achieve smoother and flatter results, but also more visible abdominal muscles for a toned aesthetic. For those who are simply suffering from some loose skin, Dr Lanzer can perform the Mini tummy tuck Liposuction, which does not require the removal of the belly button from the abdominal wall, has a smaller incision, and solely focuses on the lower abdomen.
Dr Lanzer chose to be trained by Dr Pelosi II and III, as they are the co-founders of the International Society of Cosmetogynecology. Their abdominoplasty technique combines tumescent liposuction, which is Dr lanzer’s expertise, with skin removal. Traditional abdominoplasty procedures have been linked to numerous complications, such as trauma and compromised blood supply. Drs. Pelosi have incorporated the tumescent anaesthesia technique for numbing the area and reducing bleeding; this also means the procedure can be executed under local anaesthesia and not all procedures will require an anaesthetist. They also incorporate some liposuction when performing an abdominoplasty, named the “Abdominal Lipoplasty”. This has meant that traditional requirements of blood transfusions is not seen by them. It also means that some patients can have the procedure under a local anaesthetic, thereby reducing the recovery time. They also do not admit the patient to hospital for aftercare.
As an advocate for Tumescent anaesthetic used in tummy tuck liposuction, Dr Lanzer has seen the benefits of this type of anaesthetic for many years. Benefits include reduced blood loss, patient comfort and reduced pain post-procedure and a reduced need for heavy analgesia or pain medication after the surgery.
Dr Lanzer’s nursing staff has been provided with the skills to ensure your questions are answered. Their knowledge has been developed to cover all aspects of your cosmetic surgery, including preoperative considerations and post-operative care. They will be available to you assist you at any time throughout your journey to ensure both your comfort and peace of mind.
About the Procedure:
A “tummy tuck liposuction” is the procedure whereby excess skin and fat is removed from the abdomen and on occasion the underlying muscles are also tightened. It can be a solution for sagging and wrinkled abdominal skin. With this kind of aesthetic surgery procedure, Dr Lanzer and his associates can restore the abdominal area and deliver a flatter more toned appearance.
There are two main reasons one may be a candidate for an abdominoplasty. The first is pregnancy and the second is a weight gain or loss of + or – 10%. These cause wrinkling of the skin and stretch marks, excess fat tissue and Rectus Muscle Diastasis, whereby the muscles of the abdomen have separated. When the muscles have been stretched to such an extent, it is highly unlikely that diet and exercise alone will give you the results you desire. Depending on the requirements of the patient, treatments such as the full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck could be discussed.
Liposuction is still a surgical procedure. Patients should always contact Dr Lanzer and his associates to discuss any body contouring and the removal of fatty tissue, as these procedures always carry some degree of risk. It is also recommended to get a second opinion and discuss your treatment with a licensed health professional before you go ahead.
There are Three Types of Abdominoplasty
Full Abdominoplasty: This cosmetic procedure targets skin wrinkling, excess fat and muscle diastasis. This allows for the skin to be pulled very tight, giving the appearance of a smooth, flat stomach. This procedure can be paired with tumescent liposuction to curve the hips and waist for optimal results. This procedure involves a long incision made along the bikini line, just above the pubic area. The belly button is then separated from the surrounding skin. The skin and fat are then lifted up and the separated rectus muscle is then sutured together. The excess skin is then stretched down and excess skin and fat removed. There is a new opening created for the belly button and a drain is inserted to remove excess fluid and blood. The incision is then sutured together neatly, with every attempt to keep the scar hidden in the bikini line.
The full abdominoplasty is often obtained by patients who experienced massive weight loss. It can be combined with procedures such as the breast lift, or be a part of a treatment called the “mummy makeover”. The “mummy makeover” is a series of treatment offered at the Dr Lanzer Clinic, which are personalised from patient to patient. In some cases, the full abdominoplasty can be a part of a full body lift, which can be used by patients who once again lost a significant amount of weight.
Mini Tummy Tuck: A mini tummy tuck liposuction is also referred to as a “mini abdominoplasty”. This procedure does not require the belly button to be repositioned and is most suitable for patients who have a pouch of fat and loose skin under the belly button. It involves an incision being made along the bikini line, suturing of the muscle and removal of excess fat and skin. It can be used in conjunction with Liposuction around the area (upper and sides) to create an aesthetic appearance. The advantage of a mini tummy tuck, if it is suitable for you, is that it is a smaller incision and less invasive than a full abdominoplasty.
Please note that the mini tummy tuck cost can be variable. Always speak to your cosmetic surgery to get an accurate estimate for your procedure, but also to be informed about the potential risks that accompany your procedure. If you have any questions about the potential risks or the procedure itself, do not hesitate to contact Dr Lanzer and his associates.
Dermolipectomy: This is a procedure whereby excess skin and fat is removed from the abdomen without suturing the muscles back together. It is ideal for women who are slim and toned, however have slight wrinkling or excess skin. The scar is in the same area of the Full Abdominoplasty and Mini Tummy Tuck.
It is important to note that a tummy tuck Liposuction procedure will not eliminate all stretch marks, and that if there are stretch marks present these may just be shifted further down the stomach. You will have a scar running along the lowest part of your abdomen, the length of this will vary depending on which type of Abdominoplasty you elect to have. If you have a Full Abdominoplasty, you will also have a scar around your belly button. The belly button will also look different to as standard belly button. The scar can take up to a year before it flattens out and fades, however the final results are individually based. You can obtain some indication as to how you will heal by comparing it to other scars you have had previously.
As with any procedure, there are risks involved. We address and attempt to minimise each risk to ensure the safety of our patients. These risks will be discussed with you in more detail upon your consultation.
The procedures are Day Procedures, meaning that you will be admitted in the morning and discharged later that night. The procedure can be performed under either a local or general anaesthetic which takes 1 to 3 hours, however you need to allow more time for admission, recovery and discharge. There will be sutures in place for 5 – 7 days which will be removed by one of our nurses. A drain tube is inserted for 2-10 days post procedure which is very easy to manage. A simple dressing with compression garment are then put in place.
Generally, patients are able to return to a desk job 1 week post surgery and may resume physical activities after 4 weeks.
The final result of the procedure becomes evident after the scar heals, which can take between 6 – 12 months, although patients are able to already notice a big difference prior to this.
It is important for you to thoroughly discuss with us your expectations so that we can ensure we deliver your desired outcome. Our dedicated staff are here to support you every step of the way, so please take advantage of their knowledge and support.
Discover Tummy Tuck Liposuction Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for Tummy Tuck Liposuction procedures. The other advantage of using this method is that often less skin needs to be lifted and on the upper stomach this means less risk to the blood supply of the skin.
If you’re looking to remove fat from the face, get a free consultation at Melbourne Tummy Tuck Liposuction clinic with Dr Lanzer.
COMMONLY ASKED TUMMY TUCK LIPOSUCTION QUESTIONS:
What is the difference between a TUMMY TUCK LIPOSUCTION and a LIPO-TUCK. The lipo-Tuck means that a large part of the operation is performed using the safest method of liposuction called tumescence. Dr Lanzer has experience of some 15,000 cases. This allows him to numb the skin and reduce or stop bleeding. The fluid also reduces the risk of infection. It finally allows a more limited surgical tuck that should be safer.
Will I have a big scar?
Yes the scar is across the lower stomach about 6-8 centimeters from the vagina. It is usually below the bikini line.
What will happen to the loose skin?
The loose skin is excised and surgically removed
Do I always have to move the belly button?
This is a decision you will make with Dr Lanzer. Often the answer is no but if you have a lot of loose skin it will need to be shifted
Do I get a new belly button?
No. It’s your belly button but moved.
How do I know if I need suturing of the deep muscles?
You can do a simple test and lie on your back and whilst you lift your head and chest off the bed feel the central muscle especially above the umbilicus. You may feel either a split in the muscle of an unusual bulging.
Do I need to go to hospital?
Dr Lanzer does NOT admit his patients to hospital as a routine. Patients do need to consider some recovery time after liposuction. While patients can resume their normal activities relatively quickly after a lipo treatment, patients must avoid heavy physical activities for a couple of weeks until the area has healed.
Do I need private insurance?
No you do not. An item number may be applicable for your health insurance depending on your situation. Dr Lanzer will discuss with you all the Tummy Tuck Liposuction costs as well as additional topics such as potential medicare rebate, private health insurance and other things associated with procedural cost.
Can I have liposuction and consider a Tuck later?
Yes this is a common choice and Dr Lanzer waits 6 months.
What are the risks?
All surgery has risks of infection, bruising and swelling.
The scar is a risk and everyone heals differently. DVT clots to legs and its potential complications are a risk. Additional risks include skin necrosis and haematoma. Dr Lanzer takes measures to reduce this chance.
How do I decide if I should have the Tummy Tuck or the Liposuction?
Dr Lanzer offers a free no obligation consultation so you can understand your options.
Dr Lanzer warns all surgery has risks and seek a second opinion.
Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that could be obtained after a period of considerable weight loss, but only if the patient has maintained his or her weight loss over some time. It is also a procedure for women who have tried to get back into shape after a pregnancy, but struggle with some persistent fat deposits and excess skin despite regular exercise and a healthy diet. The procedure can help to redefine the waistline and restore the natural silhouette of the patient.
To discover if you could benefit from a tummy tuck procedure, it is recommended to make an appointment with Dr Lanzer, who is one of Australia’s leading Dermatological surgeon where liposuction procedures are concerned.
A tummy tuck could also be suitable for patients who have separated muscles (muscle separation). Separated muscles can lead to physical complaints, including back pain. By using reconstructive techniques on the muscles of the abdominal region, patients often experience a reduction in physical pain. In some cases, back pain can be caused by other things such as large, heavy breasts. In these cases, a breast reduction or breast surgery with excision could provide some relief. Underlying conditions such as hernia can also cause back pain, so it is important to always seek a second opinion when it comes down to back pain.
Your suitability for a tummy tuck procedure depends on the aesthetic problems you are facing and the results you want to obtain. Patients must have realistic expectations to benefit from a tummy tuck procedure and must fully understand the risks involved as well. The information about the procedure, as well as an overview of the risks the patient should consider, will be provided by the Dr Lanzer Clinic and the medical team. However, if you have some questions about the procedure before coming in for your initial appointment, do not hesitate to contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic beforehand.
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