Dr. Steve Laverson is passionate about sexy tummy tuck results. Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure performed for women wanting improved abdominal shape and tightness after aging and/or pregnancy. Tummy tuck narrows your waist, removes loose abdominal skin and excess fat, and remodels abdominal surface contour to be youthful and fit appearing.
Childbearing, especially multiple births, pregnancies in the late 30’s and 40’s, and twin pregnancies stretch abdominal skin and deep tissue. Recovery of skin and muscle tone after pregnancy is often incomplete. Healthy diet and regular exercise are helpful, but often not enough to restore abdominal shape and tightness. Tummy tuck may be the only way back to your pre-pregnancy body.
Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure, but surgically creates fit, youthful contours. Results are best for women who are at a healthy weight level, but the procedure is also valuable for women (and men) with disproportionate excess fold(s) of abdominal skin and fat. Extra skin is removed surgically. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) requires recovery time (pain medication and 1-3 weeks before returning to work) and a scar across the lower abdomen. Dr. Laverson always tries to minimize the prominence of your scar by keeping it as short as possible, as low as possible, and as obscure (behind clothing lines) as possible. Before scheduling your procedure, review scars on “after” photographs of Dr. Laverson’s past patients to be sure you understand the size, location, and expected appearance of your scar. The scar fades over time and is usually concealed beneath swimsuit or panties. Dr. Laverson sometimes recommends a “delay procedure” two weeks before tummy tuck. Performed in the office, this allows him to lower your scar level and to sculpt fit abdominal contours. Dr. Laverson incorporates special techniques for a natural belly button and feminine shape. Many women combine tummy tuck with breast lift, breast augmentation, and/or liposuction (“Mommy Makeover”). Revisions to improve the result, most often office procedures at minimal charge, are sometimes indicated for your best long term result.
I hadn’t worn a bikini in thirty years,and never thought I would again, but just bought and wore one last week. It looks fantastic, thanks Dr. Laverson!
Your Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) Care: What to Expect
You’ll be inactive for one to two weeks following tummy tuck, so arrange child care if necessary and reschedule physically demanding obligations. Dr. Laverson will prescribe pain medicine (analgesics), and if needed, muscle relaxer and/or sleeping medication. After tummy tuck, deep breathing and walking around the home are important. You’ll awake from anesthesia with soft padding and a snugly applied, high quality, latex-free Dale abdominal binder supporting your tightened waist. Adjust tension of your binder by gently unfastening the velcro and repositioning the binder securely and comfortably low around your hips and covering your waist also. Refasten the velcro and the drain bulbs. These bulb reservoirs should be emptied two to three times daily into the measuring cup provided by our office. Time of emptying and volume of drainage from each bulb is recorded. After emptying the reservoir, collapse it completely and re-cap to restore suction. Secure reservoir to binder with the blue clip, a safety pin, or velcro strip through the loop atop each bulb. Bring written record of drainage to follow up appointment so Dr. Laverson knows when to remove each drain. If you went home from the surgery center with a urine catheter, it may be removed when you are able to comfortably get up from bed or chair to restroom.
Do not remove bandages or shower after tummy tuck until you’ve seen Dr. Laverson in the office following your procedure, and then only if he has indicated you may shower. Until your first office appointment following tummy tuck, sponge bathe only (no shower or bath), and keep bandages clean and dry. Excessive blood on bandages, bleeding, or drainage from the surgical area are unusual, and should be reported to Dr. Laverson at 858-295-4001. Dr. Laverson will supply a large roll of clean padding to take home and apply beneath your Dale abdominal binder after each shower. Our post-tummy-tuck-scar-management-program includes the application of, Hypafix® tape across your lower abdominal closure for two to three months following tummy tuck to produce the best possible (least visible) scar. We use specialized silicone sheeting to minimize scar, and provide second stage compression garments to maintain your shape during the critical three months following tummy tuck.
Frequently Asked Abdominoplasty Questions
Does Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck/mommy tuck) eliminate “stretch marks” from my pregnancy?
If the stretch marks (striae) are located in on the lower abdomen (below the belly button) then they will be removed by abdominoplasty. Typically, all of the skin from just above the navel to the pubic region is removed. This skin often contains stretch marks and redundant skin. The upper skin (above the belly button) is then stretched down to the pubis to cover the entire abdomen, contoured, trimmed to fit, and closed. If stretch marks are above the belly button or on other areas like the hips and/or buttocks, tummy tuck may move these stretch marks and decrease their visibility.
What is unique about Dr. Laverson’s tummy tuck procedure?
Dr. Laverson performs an advanced, highly evolved version of conventional tummy tuck that shapes abdominal surface contours in ways the traditional procedure performed by most surgeons does not. Before deciding upon Dr. Laverson, compare his results (gallery) with other surgeons to be sure this shape is what you want. Skin and fat are sculpted and re-positioned to simulate the appearance of a youthful, lean, physically fit abdominal wall. Dr. Laverson strives for the result to match your other features. His ability to shape your abdominal surface depends on many factors, including your abdominal wall compliance, thickness of fat layer, position of belly button, previous abdominal surgery, and others
Does Dr. Laverson do “lipoabdominoplasty?”
Lipoabdominoplasty implies the addition of liposuction (fat removal by suction cannula) to conventional abdominoplasty. On occasion, if you want and will benefit from liposuction of flanks, thighs, waist, or other areas, YES, Dr. Laverson will reduce this excess fat by liposuction at the time of abdominoplasty to improve your satisfaction with the shape of your body. Regarding liposuction of the abdominal wall, NO, he does not, because Dr. Laverson believes liposuction superimposed upon abdominal wall surgery increases risks without significantly improving results. Instead, he contours the deep surface of the abdominoplasty under direct vision to produce the fit look he’s known for, believing this more effective and advanced than lipoabdominoplasty.
When can I return to normal activities after tummy tuck?
You will walk slowly around your home during the week after tummy tuck. Walking outside the home, driving, and light activities are resumed the second week following your procedure. More vigorous walking, weight training with upper and lower body, and other sporting activities not involving exertion of your core abdominal muscles usually begin four weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Intense exertion such as distance running, athletic dancing, active sports, competition, and core exercises are possible beginning three months following tummy tuck.
What is an abdominoplasty?
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure in which the abdomen is tightened and flattened. It is a popular option for patients who are interested in repairing some of the effects of aging and pregnancy. Tummy tuck narrows the waist, removes excess lower abdominal skin and fat below the belly button, and shapes the abdominal surface for a more youthful, fit-looking contour.
Is abdominoplasty a suitable option for me?
Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure. It is best suited for patients who are at a healthy weight level, but who struggle with disproportionate excess folds of abdominal fat and skin that remains despite healthy diet and regular exercise. Tummy tuck may help women who have endured one or more pregnancies, especially demanding pregnancies, and have a stretched out abdominal wall with or without extra loose skin and/or extra fat.
How long does recovery from abdominoplasty take?
Abdominoplasty usually requires three weeks of recovery time before return to sedentary work and non-strenuous daily activities. Non-core fitness may be resumed by about six weeks after tummy tuck. Core exercises and competitive sports are not usually comfortably resumed until three months (or longer) after tummy tuck. Although Dr. Laverson always minimizes scarring, you can expect a scar across the lower abdomen. The more skin that must be removed, the longer the scar. Generally, it’s well hidden behind or along bikini bottoms (and you WILL be wearing one after your tummy tuck). The scar fades over time. If the scar or any feature of the scar is a problem (if it’s dark, too high, too wide, raised, or otherwise problematic) it is revised in a minor office procedure six to twenty-four months after the original tummy tuck.