Stretch marks and loose skin around the abdomen can occur as a result of rapid weight changes. Those who struggle with these issues could benefit from an abdominoplasty procedure. This operation, often called a “tummy tuck,” can create a tighter abdomen and minimize the appearance of stretch marks in the area. If you’re interested in this treatment, Dr. Bailey can perform it here in Newport Beach. Get in touch to schedule your consultation today.
If your abdominal contour is poor due to muscle stretching, exercise may not cure the problem. Particularly following pregnancy, the connective tissues between the muscles are permanently stretched, regardless of how strong the muscles become.
Also, if your skin is loose and flabby (the “prune tummy”), an abdominoplasty is the only procedure to help you. When a skin tone is excellent, the long incision can be avoided by repairing the muscles with an endoscope and removing excess fat by liposuction.
An abdominoplasty procedure requires a general anesthetic. While it can be an outpatient procedure, some patients need 1-3 days in the hospital or a post-surgical facility. If the muscles are fully repaired, the pain is comparable to a gall bladder operation or C-section. Drains will be placed under the abdominal skin for several days.
During the operation, an incision is made across the groins and the top of the pubic hair. The skin is separated from the muscles of the abdomen. Any muscle weakness is repaired, the umbilicus (belly button) is repositioned, and the skin is pulled tight. Extra skin and fat are then removed, and the incisions are closed.
Dr. Bailey typically places On-Q™ catheters on each side of the abdomen. These are very small tubes, about the size of an I.V. catheter, but longer, that pass a steady flow of the local anesthetic into the area of surgery for the first 3-4 days. They significantly reduce the pain and the number of painkillers you need.
Because the skin is pulled tight, you will remain slightly bent over for 1-2 weeks after surgery. There is usually bruising of the abdomen and upper thighs. Generally, as with other abdominal surgery, you will be off work for 2-4 weeks and should avoid heavy lifting for six weeks.
Since skin and muscle are adjusted and fat is removed, quite dramatic changes are possible. While people may not comment, they will certainly notice your trimmer profile in fitted clothes or a bathing suit.
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A tummy tuck procedure can significantly improve your midsection and confidence. Dr. Bailey can perform this operation in Newport Beach. To get started, simply fill out and submit the schedule form below or give our office a call by dialing (949) 650-6710.