A tummy tuck is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the
practice. I often do two, if not three, tummy tucks a week. And the reasons
women come in usually centers around several features and factors in their
First, being a Mommy comes with a great price. Post-pregnancy changes to a
woman's body include the development of loose skin, excess skin, sometimes
unsightly scars when they've had a C-section, focal deposits of fat, and
stretch marks, all which can displease them.
A tummy tuck can be designed to reverse many of these features and
qualities that they have acquired. You know, a tummy tuck is a major
procedure. And first and foremost we want to make sure that patients are
healthy and in good physical fitness.
Secondly, I think it's very important that if people are planning to shed
some weight that they do it prior to their tummy tuck. Most tummy tucks in
my practice are performed at my surgery center or at one of the hospitals
that I attend.
I think this is a very significant procedure, and in most cases have
patients stay overnight for nursing supervision. Almost every tummy tuck
that I perform has an on-cue pain pump placed at the time of surgery. This
device will infuse a local anesthetic across the regions of the scar and
the muscle to reduce their pain for approximately 72 hours. Since starting
to use this technology, almost a decade ago, I've watched patients'
satisfaction, the amount of pain they have, and their return to function
Well, you know, fashion dictates a lot of how incisions should be designed
in our world. But I've always felt that the lowest incision is the best at
making a tummy tuck. So I like to make our incisions low. I think that the
muscle repair is a huge, important factor in the final result. And we often
use liposuction to contour the love handles to ensure a smooth edge to the
Successful recovery from a tummy tuck involves many things. One, in
particular, being activity restrictions that need to be followed by the
patient. First and foremost, it's important to remember that when you have
your tummy tuck, all the slack has been removed from your belly, and the
skin has been closed with you seated up.
It is very important to realize in the first week into two weeks you will
be unable to stand straight and unable to lay flat. Because of this, we
have encouraged you to sleep in a recliner or a comfortable chair.
When rising from the chair to walk, it is very important to use your arms
to power your trunk up. Secondly, to place your hands or arms onto your
belly and stay hunched into your arms. As you walk, make sure that you have
good footing, and make sure that you have locked your knees straight. It is
very difficult to flex at your hips, and your trunk, and also your knees.
When it is time to sit back down, have a wide stance of your legs, use your
arms for balance, and slowly put your buttocks back down on the chair, not
using your core for anything. Following these instructions will insure that
no tension is placed on your incisions and a successful recovery.