For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat within the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to lose it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the primary reasons why someone may not be able to attain a tighter and slimmer abdomen. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that successfully transforms the stomach area, creating amazing results for patients. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Dorner performs abdominoplasty that varies on the individual’s cosmetic goals. This popular body sculpting surgery at Dorner Plastic Surgery allows patients the chance to have a redefined physique and renewed confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck in Columbus, Ohio can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles before contacting us for your consultation.
Abdominoplasty can be performed on both women and men. If you battle loose skin as well as excess fat in the abdominal region, this surgical treatment can help restore a tighter and slimmer physique. Dr. Dorner recommends you to be at a healthy weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure — it addresses loose skin. Liposuction is often implemented during surgery to remove fat. If your tummy section has healthy skin tightness, but you are still unhappy with your appearance even on a healthy diet, you may be a better candidate for liposuction. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy so that the surgical outcomes are not impacted.
Tummy tuck surgery in Columbus is performed using general anesthesia. There are several methods to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Dorner, which is tailored for the patient’s needs. For starters, the incision length is selected based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with severe sagging skin may require a full tummy tuck. This method places the incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. Other patients who have minimal skin laxity may be better suited for a smaller incision. These patients still benefit from tummy tuck surgery, but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the method, all tummy tuck procedures at Dorner Plastic Surgery involve the removal of loose skin and fat removal.
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to help control swelling. Walking and standing will be difficult at first, so you should rest for a couple days. Standing becomes easier once the muscles relax and the incision begins to heal. Most patients should be able to resume normal activities around two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to two months or when you are cleared by Dr. Dorner. The abdomen will feel sore and tight, but you will feel normal after recovering.
During your consult, Dr. Dorner will create your unique treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs. He will be better able to estimate your costs once the type of tummy tuck has been selected, what technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and more. To make sure you receive high-quality results from a skilled plastic surgeon, Dorner Plastic Surgery helps to make your tummy tuck as affordable as possible by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest medical financing.
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Dorner will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then, he can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to address issues in the upper and lower abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have problems below your belly button, like a “pooch.” An extended tummy tuck in Columbus, Ohio is designed to improve the abdomen as well as the hips and upper thighs.
The incisions needed for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Dorner makes the smallest, thinnest incisions possible to limit scars. He also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be easily concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it is important to follow your scar care instructions so your incisions heal flat and blend into your natural skin.
While you can still get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Dorner recommends that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Many patients combine another cosmetic surgery with a tummy tuck to get more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Dorner, talk to him about all of your concerns so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for a custom body contouring. If you are trying to improve your whole body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be a candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out abdomen that creates hanging skin. We know it can be a daily struggle — surgery is generally the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having the loose skin in your abdomen, regardless of the severity, tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Dorner in Columbus can help you achieve the look you want. Please contact Dorner Plastic Surgery to learn more.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.