More about Abdominoplasty
During Your Consultation
During your tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Davis will assess your concerns and examine your abdomen and back to make sure you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty. Depending on your individual goals and starting point, he may also recommend combining your tummy tuck with liposuction or with breast surgery as part of a mommy makeover.
Prior to going into surgery, Dr. Davis will mark your abdomen for the tummy tuck and where the scar will be placed discreetly beneath the bikini line. He will also mark any areas for liposuction which is commonly done in addition to the tummy tuck for the best result.
Often Dr. Davis will begin with liposuction, and this can be part of “lipo 360” if you are also having liposuction of your back. Next, after making the low incision, the skin and fat is elevated off of the abdominal muscles and the excess skin removed. The abdominal muscles are then tightened (this is what repairs the “rectus diastasis” or separation of the muscles), and the skin closed and the belly button positioned with the sutures on the inside of the skin to reduce visible scarring.
Long acting pain medicine called Exparel is injected throughout the abdomen to give you the best pain control after surgery. The surgery takes around 2 hours and is performed under general anesthesia.
After surgery you will be placed in a compression garment and will return to the office the next day for us to check on you. We will continue to check on you as you recover and are of course here and available any day if you have any questions or concerns.
Recovery from a tummy tuck takes about 2 weeks. That first week you stay bent at the waist so as not to stress the muscle repair or the skin closure; many patients like to sleep in a recliner or in a recliner position with pillows.
After the first week, you can gradually increase your activity level and stand up straighter. Most patients want a ride to their 1-week appointment but can drive themselves to their 2-week visit. Many patients feel up to returning to a desk job around 10-14 days but something more strenuous at 3-4 weeks. You can begin strenuous exercise, core muscle training, and rigorous activity at 8 weeks.
TUMMY TUCK QUICK FACTS
WHAT IT DOES
Removes excess skin and fat on the abdomen, tightens the abdominal muscles, and overall improves the waistline figure.
Dr. Davis believes that every patient is unique, and he uses a personalized, individual approach for each consultation and surgery. With his caring commitment to each one of his patients, he is dedicated to helping you achieve beautiful, natural results.
- Dr. Davis is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of experience. He specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body.
- His medical training and artistic eye blends art and medicine and science to create beautiful, natural-looking results.
- From the initial consultation to the last postoperative visit, Dr. Davis and his staff are committed to making every patient feel comfortable, cared for, and listened to.
Dr. Davis believes that every patient is unique. With his caring commitment to each patient, he is dedicated to helping you achieve beautiful, natural results.