Make sure your doctor will tighten the muscles (I do this almost always) Look at the pre/post photos. The abdomen should be flat, the scar hidden below the bikini line, and there should be no dog ears (bulges at the sides). Look for natural-looking belly-buttons.
– Dr. Reagan
An abdominoplasty or tummy-tuck involves a few basic maneuvers to achieve a flat, contoured abdomen. First, the skin is released off the abdominal wall exposing the underlying fascia and musculature. Second, the laxity of the abdominal wall is then tightened using permanent sutures. Finally, the skin is redraped, redundancy is trimmed, and the incision is closed. The umbilicus (belly button) is brought through at its new site to complete the procedure. Often liposuction is performed to the flanks to achieve best results. How each of these steps is performed is highly surgeon-dependant and ultimately determines the outcome. Drains may or may not be used depending on the patient.
At True Beauty, Dr. Reagan is a true expert in performing abdominoplasty. The procedure takes 2-3 hrs. Recovery is 2-3 weeks, gym activity at 4 weeks, and no restrictions at 6 weeks. Scar management will be utilized to achieve the best possible scars.