A tummy tuck performed by our Phoenix plastic surgeon, Dr. Craft, can greatly improve the appearance of the stomach where the loss of elasticity (due to pregnancy, excess weight loss, or genetics) has caused loose and sagging skin.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Pregnancy or significant weight loss can cause the abdominal muscles to separate and become very weak. This can make it extremely difficult to correct this area with diet and exercise, which can be very frustrating—especially if you’re a new mother trying to restore your body, or if you’ve lost a lot of weight and want your new body to look its best. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) slims, contours, and flattens the belly, creating a more attractive and sculpted look.
Abdominoplasty surgical details
A abdominoplasty in Phoenix is performed with the patient under general anesthesia, and takes between one and five hours to complete. The incision is made at the bikini line, where it will be covered by clothing and swimsuits.
During the surgery, the skin is detached from the underlying tissue, the abdominal tissue is sutured, and excess skin is cut away from the area. If the tummy tuck requires muscle repair, Dr. Craft will restore them to their anatomical position.
This addresses the stomach bulge and slims the waist. Dr. Craft will often utilize liposuction during the operation to contour the waist and love handles. Dr. Craft will discuss with you during your consultation whether or not you will need liposuction and muscle repair during your procedure.
Besides going over your recovery during your consultation with Dr. Craft, you will also be given thorough post-op instructions so your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
A tummy tuck is usually an outpatient procedure, but be aware that you will need someone to help you move around and take care of daily tasks for a week after your operation. You will be given a compression garment to wear for up to six weeks (this garment will be fitted for you before the surgery). You may also have a drain placed. This will also be discussed during your consultation.
Patients typically return to work within 10 to 14 days after their tummy tuck, as long as the work isn’t too physically demanding. You will also need to limit exercise for six weeks, and you should not lift anything over ten pounds for the first four to six weeks (including children). Our Phoenix patients are usually fully recovered from a tummy tuck procedure at six weeks.
Tummy tuck benefits
- Gives your body the restoring boost it needs
- Improves loose excess skin from pregnancy or weight loss
- Addresses the “distended” stomach that can occur after childbirth
- Restores weakened or separated muscles
- Creates a smoother, firmer abdomen
- Addresses the bulge that a C-section scar can cause inside clothing
Why choose ACARA?
If you’re interested in undergoing a tummy tuck in Phoenix, please schedule a consultation with us. Dr. Randall O. Craft at the Arizona Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Aesthetics has the credentials, the experience, and the artistry to carry out safe tummy tuck operations that give his patients a new confidence and quality of life. As a double board-certified, Harvard-trained surgeon, Dr. Craft combines his distinctive training with a sense of artistry that provides better outcomes for his patients. To schedule a consultation, please call or contact us online.