Phoenix Tummy Tuck
Dr. Marouk performs cosmetic abdominoplasty procedures, often referred to as tummy tucks, on patients in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. A tummy tuck surgically removes fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen. The procedure also tightens the abdominal wall muscles and can noticeably reduce a protruding abdomen’s appearance.
The best candidates for Abdominoplasty are men and women in Arizona who are in relatively good shape, but are unable to get rid of large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin through diet or exercise. The surgery is especially useful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal without surgical assistance. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients as a result of slight obesity may also be improved through the skillful application of Abdominoplasty.
Patients who intend to lose a substantial amount of weight should postpone the surgery; along with, those who plan to have more children.
Dr. Marouk specializes in the tummy tuck procedure, and operates at the Cosmetic Surgical Art Center in Chandler, Arizona, just 20 minutes outside of Phoenix. View before and after photos of Phoenix tummy tucks.
Most-commonly, the surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With a partial Abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not need to be moved.
Next, the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribs to reveal the vertical muscles of the abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new tighter position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline.
The skin is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. A new hole is cut for the navel and then stitched in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched. Dressings will be applied, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain the excess fluid from the surgical site.
The procedure does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extent from hip to hip. Post-operative complications such as infection and blood clots are rare but do occur. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics. Blood clots can be minimized by resuming an active lifestyle as soon after the surgery as possible.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
For the first few days, the abdomen will likely be swollen and pain and discomfort will need to be controlled with medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, patients may be released within a few hours following their surgery. In general, stitches will dissolve without the need to be removed, and the drain tubes will be removed about one week after the surgery.
It may take up to two months to feel back to normal, and those who start out with strong abdominal muscles tend to recover from Abdominoplasty much faster. Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate.
For more information about the tummy tuck procedure for patients in the greater Phoenix, AZ area, contact Dr. Robert Marouk at the Cosmetic Surgical Art Center today.