Tummy Tuck Surgical Procedure: What To Know

Gaining weight is almost unavoidable for some, and according to experts, it is a normal phenomenon that happens as we age. The stomach area is one of the most vulnerable areas to weight gain as well as loose sagging skin. However, board-certified plastic surgeon DR. EMILE BROWN is able to remove this excess fat and tissue on the stomach through a procedure known as tummy tuck surgery.

What is a tummy tuck?

The scientific term for TUMMY TUCK surgery is abdominoplasty, which involves removing the excess skin and fat in the tummy to achieve a toned appearance. After the surgical procedure, patients will notice that their weakened and separated stomach muscles look firmer and smoother, which improves the profile of their waist.

What is a drainless tummy tuck?

In the past, traditional tummy tuck procedures required drains to be placed after the surgery, which was bothersome to patients during their recovery. However, Dr. Brown uses a more modern tummy tuck technique that involves the placement of multiple layers of deep “quilting” sutures, which eliminates the need for drains. This method of suturing also tightens the abdominal muscles which may have been weakened during pregnancy or natural aging.

When should you consider a drainless tummy tuck?

Most patients prefer a flat abdominal area that is toned and well-contoured. For those who do not want to undergo surgery, the best thing that they can do is to exercise daily to reduce stubborn fat. Despite all this hard work, sometimes exercise alone is not enough. This is often because once the skin is stretched out, it does not always shrink back, leading to sagging and loose skin. This is often due to DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS, pregnancy, or aging. For these individuals, a tummy tuck procedure can help them find relief.

Drainless tummy tucks are an especially great option because you can achieve fantastic results with less recovery time compared to traditional tummy tuck surgery.

What causes sagging abdominal skin?

One of the primary causes of a saggy and loose stomach would be aging. As we grow older, the skin becomes loose and wrinkled, and it will cause a saggy appearance on the stomach area. It can also be hereditary or genetic, and when it happens, the condition is almost unavoidable because the genes are the ones causing it. Pregnancy can also be a trigger to a loose and saggy stomach, and it happens because the skin on the stomach area was stretched when the child develops inside the uterus. Stretch marks on the lower abdomen can also be improved since this skin is removed.

Because of so many possible causes, tummy tucks are an incredibly popular procedure at our practice. A consultation with our plastic surgeons is necessary to determine whether people are good tummy tuck candidates.

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Dr. Ira D. Papel is certified in Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Papel earned his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from Boston University of Medicine. He completed a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Papel is considered an international expert in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and facial aesthetic surgery.