Dr. Genaro Valladolid understands that the abdomen can be very difficult to tone and tighten, particularly after certain life events like pregnancy. He offers the popular tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure, which is designed to restore a flat, firm quality to the abdomen. He uses a drainless tummy tuck technique which eliminates the need for drains after surgery. An expertly performed tummy tuck can create a slimmer, sleeker waist for an overall more proportionate figure.
For the most attractive results, tummy tuck should be performed by a fully trained plastic surgeon such as Dr. Valladolid. He stays up to date on the latest advances in technique and technology so he can offer patients the very best. Under his care, patients can achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen and a more balanced physique.
Appropriate candidates for tummy tuck are individuals who want to improve the appearance of a flabby or protruding abdomen caused by pregnancy, dramatic weight loss, aging or prior surgery. Tummy tuck can correct the appearance of the following:
Tummy tuck candidates should be in good general health and close to their ideal weight. The procedure is not a weight loss solution and patients will see the best results if they are at, or within a few pounds of, their goal weight.
Dr. Valladolid consults with every candidate to evaluate their needs and determine whether tummy tuck is the most suitable solution.
Tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Valladolid uses liposuction to eliminate unwanted pockets of fat from the abdomen; he can also perform liposuction on the flanks and hips to define a better contour. Then creates a horizontal incision low on the abdomen, right above the pubic hairline. Through the incision he separates the skin and subcutaneous tissues from the underlying muscles. Dr. Valladolid repairs the muscles of the abdominal wall, suturing them into position, which helps to give the waist a narrower appearance. Repairing the abdominal wall can also help strengthen the core for patients with rectus diastasis.
Once the muscles have been repaired and fat has been removed, Dr. Valladolid pulls the abdominal skin downward, trimming the excess skin. Depending on the amount of excess skin, he may need to create a new opening for the belly button.
Dr. Valladolid uses a drainless technique for abdominoplasties. This allows tension relief on the skin suture line and postoperative drains are not needed with this approach.
Finally, the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures.
After surgery, the abdomen is usually swollen, bruised and tender. A compression garment should be worn for several weeks to control swelling and help the healing tissues. Activities and range of movement should be very limited in the first few weeks after surgery; short walks are encouraged to help promote good blood flow.
Most patients resume work after one to two weeks or more, depending on the nature of their work. Light exercise is usually fine after three to four weeks, but more strenuous activity should be avoided for up to six to eight weeks.
For more information about tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Valladolid, please contact our Scottsdale or Mesa offices by calling (480) 770-5015 and request an in-person consultation.