Plastic Surgeons in Arizona for Abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck, Phoenix plastic surgeons explain, is a type of plastic surgery that can reduce the sagging or protruding abdominal skin and fat that often accumulates as a result of genetics, the natural aging process, one or more pregnancies, or massive weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery, can also be used to tighten the abdominal muscles, helping to tone and reshape the midsection, allowing those seeking a tummy tuck a chance to have a smoother, more youthful midsection.

Specialy trained plastic surgeons can choose different surgical techniques as necessary for both men and women. The Phoenix area plastic surgeon you choose for your tummy tuck will work with you to select the best tummy tuck procedure based on a number of different factors including the size and shape of your abdomen and the amount of excess tissue that will need to be removed. The best tummy tuck for your needs should provide you with substantial body sculpting results, while minimizing the degree of scarring. The most common types of abdominoplasty include: traditional abdominoplasty mini- tummy tuck, endoscopic abdominoplasty, and what is known as an extended tummy tuck.

Traditional Abdominoplasty is best for male and female patients with medium to large amounts of excess abdominal tissue in need of removal. A traditional tummy tuck begins with plastic surgeons making a horizontal incision across the pubic area extending from hip to hip. Next, the navel (belly button) will be removed and abdominal muscles will be tightened and sutured into place. Excess fat and skin is then removed allowing the plastic surgeon to take the remaining skin and stretch it downward to create a new belly button and close the incision. Plastic surgeons generally use temporary drainage tubes post tummy tuck surgery to help drain any accumulation of fluid which aids in the recovery process.

Mini Tummy Tuck: This surgery is designed for those with a small amount of excess abdominal skin and very little protruding muscle. This procedure uses a small horizontal pubic incision and typically does not require removing and repositioning the navel. The rest of the procedure is similar to a traditional abdominoplasty.
Extended: Can help improve the appearance of the abdomen, “love handles,” and the lower back. In this surgery, the incision spans the entire length of the abdomen and continues around to the back of the hips. Excess skin and fat is removed from all areas, abdominal muscles are tightened, and the navel is repositioned or reconstructed.

Endoscopic: is best for someone with a protruding abdomen and limited amounts of excess skin. In this procedure, no skin is removed, and there is minimal scarring involved. The plastic surgeon utilizes specially designed instruments to make several small incisions along the pubic bone and in or around the navel. Abdominal muscles are then tightened and sutured into place.

Right For You?

Generally speaking, one is a good candidate for abdominoplasty if they are physically and mentally healthy, over the age of 18, and do not have a condition which would make surgery or general anesthesia contraindicated.
You are not a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you are uncomfortable with the possibility of permanent scars or plan to get pregnant in the future. In addition, if you have significant scarring from previous abdominal surgeries, you may not be an appropriate candidate for this procedure.

Abdominoplasty procedures are typically performed in a hospital or surgery center setting, under general anesthesia (i.e., while you are completely asleep) and generally last a few hours or more, depending on the procedure required to achieve the desired results.

After tummy tuck surgery, patients should expect to stay in the hospital or surgery center for a few hours, or longer depending on the type of abdominoplasty performed. Patients will likely experience some temporary swelling, bruising, and pain that usually can be controlled with oral medication or through the use of a small pain pump.

Phoenix area plastic surgeon, Sumer Daiza, MD is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Before opening Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, she completed her residency in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital here in Phoenix. Read more