Abdominoplasty “Tummy Tuck”
Abdominoplasty (“Tummy Tuck”) Without Drains! And now, much less discomfort and quicker recovery too!!!
Abdominoplasty helps to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin and fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles. The best candidate for this procedure has excess skin without too much excess fat. The procedure can also be useful for women with stretched skin and lax abdominal muscles from pregnancy.
Procedure & Recovery
The procedure takes approximately two to three hours and is performed with general anesthesia. Frequently, liposuction of the flanks is performed at the same time so as to achieve the most optimal contours. Recovery time ranges from two to six weeks. Of course, recovery is an ongoing process, so you will be able to do more and more gradually, but as a general guideline, we see patients driving in one to two weeks, and back at work in one to three weeks. Some do take longer to achieve these goals. It all depends on the individual, how motivated you are, and what type of work you do. The abdominal muscles are tightened in almost every case. In order to protect that muscle repair, we recommend not lifting more than 25 pounds or doing strenuous exercise for six to eight weeks.
With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. The incision for abdominoplasty will leave a permanent scar extending from hip to hip, although it should be low enough that most items of clothing will conceal it.
Dr. Epstein's Technique
Dr. Epstein performs the abdominoplasty procedure using a new technique in which bothersome drainage tubes (usually two of them) are no longer required after surgery! You will feel better, no longer encumbered by drainage tubes coming out of your body as well as needing to regularly empty them and record the amount of drainage.
With our new, special technique, there is dramatically less post operative discomfort than we have seen in the past! Several of our recent patients have noted ambulating with ease the same day as surgery and take only a few (2 or 3 to be exact!) pain pills the first couple of days. We use no bulky bandage dressings for the abodminoplasty (if you have liposuction of your flanks, there is a small dressing of your back). You can even shower the next moring after your procedure if you like. You will recover faster and more pleasurably and heal faster too.
Comprehensive Guide to Abdominoplasty
When I see patients in consultation for abdominal recontouring, I spend a fair amount of time with them to educate them. In an effort to enhance the patients understanding of what I am describing, I thought that a more detailed visual aid would be worthwhile, one that could be reviewed by the patient prior to meeting with me. That is how this section came to be. I have made extensive use of illustrations that I created with my medical illustrator, Kathleen Gebhart, to enhance the readers understanding of the textual information. I strongly encourage anyone considering undergoing this procedure to read through the information contained within so as to have not only a better understanding of the procedure, but this knowledge will enhance the value of your consultation experience with your surgeon. In short, reading the information I prepared here will be time very well spent.