An abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck,” is one of the most popular surgeries today. The procedure shapes, flatten, and contours the tummy, so you can show a shapely belly. The procedure consists of reducing the amount of fat in the area, tightening the abdominal muscles, and removing any excess skin.
Considering a Tummy Tuck? You've Come to the Right Place
In some women, pregnancy causes “rectus diastasis” or the separation of the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can correct this. All our patients have one thing in common – a deep appreciation for Dr. Stanley Harper’s adept skills and care. Plus, they have all told us how much they love their new flat and taut stomachs.
Weight Loss and Tummy Tucks
If you are losing weight, we encourage and recommend that your weight stabilizes for at least three months before undergoing an abdominoplasty. Any fluctuations in weight over shorter periods can yield suboptimal results from the tummy tuck surgery.
The best and most ideal patients for a tummy tuck in Fishers, Indiana, are those who do not use nicotine or are nicotine-free and are within ten pounds of their ideal body weight. Those patients who are not within their ideal body weight can still benefit from a tummy tuck surgery, but they must understand that the results will be diminished and not be as prominent.
Are You the Right Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for tummy tucks in Fishers, Indiana, are those who do not smoke and are in excellent physical condition. Older people who still have some elasticity left in their skin can also benefit from this procedure. People who have gone through massive weight loss – like those who have undergone gastric bypass procedures are good candidates for a tummy tuck.
Women who have had one or more pregnancies can get back in shape with a tummy tuck. The muscles and skin that were stretched during pregnancy usually need surgical treatment to get them again as they were before pregnancy. Stretch marks that form between the belly button and pubic area can be removed via this procedure. Please remember that another pregnancy might diminish the results. A repeat procedure might be required to correct any recurrences in stretch marks. So, this procedure is best suited for women who do not plan on getting pregnant in the future.
While insurance might cover a tummy tuck procedure, it is the patient’s responsibility to ensure all expenses are covered.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure & Recovery
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 2.5 hours. Dr. Stanley Harper conducts all tummy tuck procedures at SHarper the Medical Spa. He will make low incisions along the waistline. One incision will be made from one side of the hip to the next, and another around the belly button or umbilicus. Next, he will lift the fat and skin together from the abdominal muscles and stitch them into place. That will result in a firm abdomen and flanks. Dr. Harper will then stretch the skin flap down over the tightened muscles, remove the excess skin, and reattach the navel in a much more natural-looking position.
Finally, the abdomen is closed with hidden/buried sutures. Drains are placed to minimize any swelling.
The patient is encouraged to move around by the afternoon, and once every hour after that. That will help the healing process and also ensure maximum circulation.
The “Mini Tummy Tuck” or Short Scar Abdominoplasty
Patients who have only a small amount of excess skin can benefit from the mini tummy tuck or short scar abdominoplasty. This procedure makes use of a shorter incision (about the length of a C-section scar) to tighten the tummy skin. The skin is gently lifted to the level of the belly button and redraped. Any excess skin is removed, and liposuction is used to help sculpt the remainder of the abdomen.
Tummy Tuck Results
A tummy tuck leaves a scar that spans the lower abdomen from hip to hip, as well as a scar around the belly button. However, the lower incision can be concealed by underwear or conservative bathing suit bottoms. When the procedure is followed up with a balanced diet and regular exercise, you can ensure you maintain striking and long-lasting results.
Risks of a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
Post-operative complications are rare but could include blood clots, infection, and poor healing that might require further surgery. To reduce these risks, postoperative instructions must be followed. Patients might notice that old scars are raised, stretched, or more noticeable after an abdominoplasty. Dr. Harper will discuss all the risks of the procedure with you.
The Cost of Abdominoplasty in Fishers, Indiana
Every patient’s needs are different, and so costs will vary from one patient to the next. You also don’t want to be looking for the cheapest plastic surgeon but one who has the best record and who can deliver the results you desire – like Dr. S. Harper. We suggest you come into our clinic for a personalized consultation with Dr. Harper himself and get an estimation of how much the procedure will cost you SHarper the Medical Spa.