Tummy Tuck, Abdominoplasty in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ
Tummy Tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat in the abdominal region to produce a firm and tight abdominal wall. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 150,000 tummy tucks were performed in the US in 2012. This makes an abdominoplasty one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed by plastic surgeons. The procedure targets excess fat, skin, and weakened muscles. The goal when targeting these three abdominal features is to remove a large amount of lower abdominal skin and fat while tightening the rectus abdominis muscles. As a result, the upper abdominal skin is redistributed over the entire abdomen. Procedures (and results) vary substantially between surgeons so it is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with body contouring procedures such as Dr. DeVito.
Who gets a Tummy Tuck?
The ideal candidate is a healthy, non-smoking individual who has excess skin, fat and/or muscle laxity of the lower abdomen that’s unresponsive to diet and exercise. You should be at a stable weight and have reasonable expectations for the type of results an abdominoplasty can provide. There are a wide variety of reasons to undergo abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. It is most common to perform on those who have undergo massive weight loss and post-partum women following multiple pregnancies. If you are a man or woman in the Phoenix area considering an abdominoplasty, setup an initial consultation with Dr. DeVito at her Scottsdale office to discuss the results you desire. The expert advice you receive can help you make an informed decision about getting the body you want.
What to expect after a Tummy Tuck:
After the procedure you should expect to have a certain degree of pain and swelling in the days following surgery. You may also experience soreness, numbness, bruising and/or overall tiredness for several weeks after undergoing a tummy tuck. Patients typically take up to a week off from work following a tummy tuck. You may gradually resume your excise regimen within 4-6 weeks following the surgery. As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications associated with undergoing surgery. Though they are rare, complications can include infection, bleeding, or blood clots. You may carry an increased risk of complications if you have poor circulation, diabetes, or heart disease.