Also known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, which tightens the muscles of the abdomen. For anyone who is seeking a flatter, better-defined abdomen, an abdominoplasty is the right procedure for you. Patients who have concerns about large fat deposits, have loose or saggy skin, or have bodies that don’t respond to daily exercise should strongly consider this procedure.
Listen to what Dr. Byun’s body lift patient has to say about her procedure.
What makes Dr. Byuns approach different from other surgeons?
Dr. Byun uses precise incisions so that the resulting scars are minimized. He utilizes an incision along the bikini line so that the scar is hidden easily by undergarments. He then separates the skin from the abdominal wall and lifts the skin to expose the vertical muscles in the abdomen. The excess skin is then tightened and sutured, leaving behind nothing but a narrower waistline and a firmer abdominal wall. A temporary tube may also be inserted, if necessary to drain fluid from the surgical site.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Begin taking Citrocel as soon as possible when you get home from the surgery. This is a non-prescription stool softener obtainable from any pharmacy. It will aid in comfort as anesthetics and pain pills often cause constipation.
You will go home with two drains in place. They are stitched to the skin and will not fall out. They are in place to collect excess fluid from the operative site. At first, the fluids may be bloody but will get paler in color as time passes. Keep track of the amount of fluid you empty (right separate from left) and the time you empty them. Bring this information to your follow-up appointment. The drains will not work if the bulbs are not compresses. After emptying, compress the drain before re-inserting the tab. Some clotting may appear in the tubes by the 2nd or the 3rd day. In this case, pinch the tube above the clot, and with the other hand “milk” the clot down into the bulb. These drains will be removed at your follow-up appointment. This may be painful, so it it recommended you take a pain pill approximately half an hour prior to your appointment.
After surgery, you will have an abdominal binder on. This is attached with Velcro and can be adjusted as necessary. However, it is important to maintain compression to the operative site and needs to remain in place for the first week. Three days following surgery you may remove the binder briefly and shower. Do not take baths. Hold the drains up to avoid hanging. After you shower, place gauze or maxi pads over the incision and replace the binder snugly.
For awhile following surgery, it will be difficult for you to stand without bending at the waist. This is normal. Avoid stretching or trying to force an erect posture. This will return naturally in time.
For the first two weeks following surgery, sleep with a pillow placed under your knees. It is okay to sleep sideways in a fetal position, as well.
How much down time is involved?
Ten days after the conclusion of surgery, you’ll return to Dr. Byun for a post-surgery follow-up. Dr. Byun will address future instructions and remove sutures. Some sutures will remain until Dr. Byun feels sufficient recovery has occurred. Return to work varies on how rapidly an individual fully recuperates but usually happens after a period of two to four weeks. While light exercise is recommended, excessive exercise is prohibited. Initially, your scars may appear to worsen, but don’t fret! They will gradually diminish over time.