Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Many people, both men and women, at times feel like their body isn’t reflective of who they are or how they wish to present themselves. Perhaps you’re a mother who wishes to get her pre-pregnancy body back, maybe you wish to cover past scarring, or just want to feel more comfortable in your own skin. If dieting and exercise alone haven’t helped get your body where you feel it should be, speak with your doctor to see if abdominoplasty–better known as a tummy tuck–is right for you. We can help.
What is Abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck is the removal of unwanted fat and skin around the abdomen, even at times strengthening the muscles to create a flatter, firmer appearance. It is not a weight loss technique and we do not recommend it as such. Tummy tucks are for people who are around the size they wish to be but want to remove fat and skin specifically in the lower abdomen. If you wish to remove
How is it Done?
Before the procedure, Dr. Khan will explain the whole process to you and show you the size of incisions, discuss anesthesia options, and take you through the aftercare steps.
The procedure will start by either using general anesthesia or through intravenous sedation, depending on the patient. Next, Dr. Khan will make two incisions: one below your belly button and the other above your pubic hairline. The size of the incisions will depend on your body type, the amount of excess skin, and what you decide you want done. Next, he will remove the excess skin, tighten your muscles, and if need be even performed liposuction to rid any unwanted fat.
Lastly, when the skin has been pulled to the desired area, he will suture together the skin, apply any necessary skin adhesives, and place the dressings over the healing areas. As your skin will be pulled down, he may create a new hole for your belly button if need be, Dr. Khan may place a very small tube to allow any extra fluid to drain out. If this is the case, you will be informed how to take care of this area and the recovery time.
This is a surgery, so after the incision heals, you can expect a scar. With most patients, it should fade after time. If you’re concerned about scarring or the healing process in general, talk to our office about your options.
Depending on the patient and how much work was done, recovery time varies. Swelling, soreness, and even some draining is all normal and can be tended to by either topical or oral medications, as discussed with Dr. Khan. You may be given a large binding bandage to stretch around your abdomen. This will help decrease swelling and keep your incision safe for the first few weeks. After about two weeks, you should be able to engage in light activity and move around more comfortably. You can expect not to engage in strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks after your surgery, to allow your muscles and stitches time to heal completely. It is imperative that you follow the post-care instructions given to you by our office, so your recovery is quick and as painless as possible.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call or come into our Detroit-area office:
* Numbness in the area after healing
* Prolonged swelling
At our Detroit metro area office our main concern is that our patients leave our offices feeling re-energized and understood. Dr. Khan’s goal is to earn your trust in order to have the opportunity to change your life. Please never assume anything about a medical procedure. Ask a lot of questions and pay attention to the answers. It is imperative that you receive qualified medical advice about any plastic surgery procedure. You should discuss your health needs at every stage of the process from the initial consultation all the way through recovery. An initial consultation with Dr. Shaher W. Khan (M.D.) will offer you an opportunity to chat about any and all of the questions you have about the process and the surgeries we offer. Dr. Khan serves the entire Detroit metro area. Call 734-419-1615 or contact us to get started finding the right course of treatment.