Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in St. Louis
What Is an Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery gives St. Louis residents an opportunity to tighten lax abdominal muscles, remove extra skin and fat from the abdomen, or minimize stretch marks between the belly button and the pubic area. For certain patients, a tummy tuck can provide more dramatic results in the abdomen than any of the liposuction techniques currently available.
At West County Plastic Surgeons, our tummy-tuck patients – both women and men – have access to leading innovators in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Myckatyn serves as Director of Cosmetic and Breast Plastic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, specializing in all forms of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Tenenbaum also performs all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction, employing techniques acquired through working with some of the most respected cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the country. Our practice offers a patient-friendly atmosphere and a university medical-school reputation for cutting-edge techniques and technologies that lead to optimal results and patient satisfaction.
When surgical skill is paired with a clear understanding of each patient's needs and expectations, abdominoplasty can lead to increased personal satisfaction and self-confidence. To schedule your consultation for tummy tuck surgery, contact our St. Louis office by phoning 314-996-8800, requesting your consultation online, or emailing us today.
A standard tummy tuck typically results in two incisions: one low-lying incision that extends across the lower abdomen, and another incision concealed around the belly button. Most bathing suits, bikinis, and underwear will conceal these incision scars. However, every person is different, so scar length can be customized to each patient's contour goals. When a standard tummy tuck is not ideal, many St. Louis patients opt to have a short-scar mini-abdominoplasty or an extended abdominoplasty.
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Anesthesia: Tummy-tuck surgery is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
Length of procedure: 1 to 2 hours.
Estimated recovery time: Patients can expect to return to work 10 to 14 days following surgery, and they should avoid vigorous activity for 3 to 5 weeks. Visible bruising typically subsides in 1 to 2 weeks, and swelling begins to resolve within 1 month. To learn how to prepare for tummy-tuck surgery and what to expect afterwards, click here to download our patient instructions for abdominoplasty.
Side effects: Common side effects include bruising, swelling, a few spitting sutures, and some numbness, itching, and spasm of the abdomen. For 5 to 10 days after surgery, patients will have drain tubes, and they must walk gently flexed at the waist. To prevent blood clots, most of our St. Louis tummy tuck patients receive an injectable blood thinner called Lovenox® for 5 to 10 days following surgery. Click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that lists the risks and benefits of this procedure.
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Procedures That Complement a Tummy Tuck
- Breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty). Patients with redundant abdominal skin who desire larger breasts, or a more rounded shape to the upper part of the breast, may choose to undergo breast augmentation.
- Breast lift (mastopexy). Patients with excess breast skin and downward-pointing nipples may wish to consider a breast lift (mastopexy) to raise the breast tissue and nipples to a more youthful position.
- Simultaneous breast augmentation and breast lift (augmentation mastopexy). Some women may benefit from additional breast volume, tightening of the breast skin, and repositioning of the nipples to a more youthful position. This is often best achieved with a combination breast lift and a breast augmentation, also known as an augmentation mastopexy.
- Liposuction. Removal of fat from the sides, thighs, back, and buttocks with standard tumescent liposuction, ultrasonic-assisted liposuction, or SMART laser-assisted liposuction provides a nice complement to abdominoplasty.
The main focus of a tummy tuck at St. Louis' West County Plastic Surgeons is to tighten lax muscles and remove sagging abdominal tissue that creates the appearance of a pouch or gut. Though it may involve some small amount of liposuction for fine-tuning contours, a tummy tuck is most often chosen by patients who have lost a significant amount of weight on their own—whether by diet and exercise or surgery—but find that they're left with excess skin that continues to give them a flabby look. Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction is designed for patients who want to combine the fat-reduction benefits of a standard abdominal liposuction procedure with the tightening effects of a tummy tuck. Putting the two together allows patients to enjoy the results of both surgeries with only one recovery time afterward. This is ideal for people who are close to their target body weight but need a little extra help in achieving their desired shape. Note that the procedure is not intended for weight-loss purposes, but will provide cosmetic changes in the form of a sleeker, slimmer silhouette. To learn more about tummy tuck, liposuction, or other cosmetic procedures, contact the team at West County Plastic Surgeons.
Click here to read Dr. Tenenbaum's article on combining breast surgery and abdominoplasty.
To schedule your consultation for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), contact our St. Louis office by phoning 314-996-8800, requesting your consultation online, or emailing us today.