Tummy Tuck in Reading PA
In Berks County and anywhere else, a flat stomach is important to a physically fit appearance. However, a healthy diet and regular exercise don’t always eliminate accumulations of excess fat and loose, sagging skin in the abdominal area. If you would like a flatter, firmer stomach and have not been able to achieve your goals through lifestyle changes, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) may be a good choice for you.
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Is a Tummy Tuck Right for me?
Tummy tuck surgery has helped millions of people feel and look their very best, but it’s not a one-size-fits all procedure. If you have any of the following concerns, you would likely benefit from a tummy tuck:
- Excess or loose, sagging abdominal skin
- An abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of the body
- Abdominal muscles that have been weakened by pregnancy or aging
- Excess fat that is concentrated beneath the abdominal skin
However, before you decide to move forward—and before Dr. Reedy or Dr. Lindsay can agree that you should—you need to understand (1) what will be done, (2) what you can expect during post-surgery recovery, and (3) the risks that come with this or any similar elective surgery.
The best way to find out if this is the right procedure for you is to have a personalized consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.
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What to Expect from Tummy Tuck Surgery
The specifics of your tummy tuck will depend on your natural anatomy, severity of your concerns, and your ultimate goals. Your surgeon will thoroughly and realistically discuss your goals during your complimentary consultation, and together you will determine what specific procedures will be performed.
“Dr. Reedy does excellent work! He told me he wants me to be happy with the results and would do what needs to be done to accomplish that…Attentive, caring, very knowledgable, accessible, prompt, professional, an artist. Thanks to Dr. Reedy and all his office staff, I can absolutely say Bye Bye fat tummy.”*
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You may choose to have a full abdominoplasty, which addresses the entire abdomen, or a partial abdominoplasty (or “mini tummy tuck”), which only flattens and tightens the lower belly. Generally, the partial procedure does not require the navel to be separated from tissue below it, while the full procedure does. An abdominoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as liposuction, so that the hips can be shaped to match the smaller tummy.
You should plan on your surgery taking several hours or more, depending on whether you are undergoing a full abdominoplasty or partial abdominoplasty, or are receiving other plastic surgery procedures at the same time. Your surgeon will create an incision that runs along the lower waist line and then will remove excess fat and skin. The abdominal muscles will then be tightened and set into place. The recovery period for the partial procedure is normally shorter and results in a smaller scar. It is important to note that our surgeons work with a board-certified MD anesthesiologist.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
After your surgery, you will be sent home in compression garments and with drains to promote optimal healing. For the first few days, it is normal to experience discomfort, but this is usually managed easily by prescription pain medication. Swelling, redness or bruising around the incision sites, and tenderness will occur for the first week or so, with recovery typically taking several weeks.
Normal activity can be slowly resumed as your stamina builds, but you will need to avoid strenuous activity for the first few weeks. You will be fully advised about a safe exercise program, which can help speed the recovery process.
Risks and Complications
There are risks and possible complications associated with any surgery. Your surgeon will discuss with you thoroughly the risks of an abdominoplasty, so you can make an informed decision about whether a tummy tuck is right for you. While very unusual, abdominoplasty complications can include a bleeding episode, infection, loss of skin sensation, skin contour irregularities, wrinkling of the skin, excessive scarring, and other undesirable results.
For these reasons especially, our surgeons take great care to evaluate each patient individually. They will advise you of your own unique risk profile, and enable you to compare it with that of abdominoplasty candidates in general, before determining whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
If you live near Allentown, Pottsville, Reading or Lancaster, the tummy tuck specialists at Berks Plastic Surgery can help you get the results you are looking for! To schedule an appointment or to learn more about abdominoplasty, please contact us today.