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Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

Tighten & Flatten Loose Skin with an Abdominoplasty at Our Portland, OR, Practice

A tummy tuck at Portland’s Waldorf Center is a plastic surgery procedure that contours the tummy and waistline, primarily by removing excess skin and fat. Also known as an abdominoplasty, the procedure is not intended to achieve weight loss, but is most suitable for people who are very near their ideal weight and dealing with loose, sagging belly skin; weakened abdominal muscles; and a small amount of stubborn fat that does not respond to diet or exercise efforts.

A tummy tuck is often performed on patients after bariatric surgery or as part of a post-pregnancy Mommy Makeover to eliminate lax tissue unable to conform to new, slimmer contours. Male patients also visit our practice with concerns of a “spare tire” or “beer belly” as their abdominal muscles become weaker (to the point where they are no longer responsive to exercise) and skin loosens with age.

The procedure performed is unique to each patient, and requires an expert eye and skilled assessment to consider which elements may be the appropriate combination to deliver the desired results. When handled by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, an abdominoplasty can be a very effective way to contour and tone the abdominal area to impact a patient’s entire physique for the better.

Contact The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck in Portland, Oregon. Patients in the Vancouver and Salem areas and beyond can call 503-646-0101 or 1-800-310-7901 today. You can also inquire about a visit online.

Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

A tummy tuck begins long before the surgery, with patient education and a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon of choice. Our board-certified plastic surgeons believe in the importance of abdominoplasty candidates being well informed so they approach the procedure with an understanding of what it can and cannot achieve, as well as how to prepare before the surgery and what to expect from recovery afterward. A solid relationship with a trusted doctor is key, which is why communication and comfort are emphasized at The Waldorf Center.

Patients are encouraged to make their decision after their questions have been answered and they feel confident that a tummy tuck with one of our plastic surgeons is the right choice for them. During your consultation, the surgeon will examine your midsection, note your medical history and stats, and tell you what an abdominoplasty can reasonably accomplish.

What Could a Tummy Tuck Surgery Entail?

In a tummy tuck, the incision is generally low on the abdomen where the scar will stay hidden under most bathing suit bottoms and underwear. Excess skin and fat may be trimmed, and stretched-out abdominal muscles are tightened as needed.

Liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck to remove any excess fat from the area.

Depending on the concerns being addressed, a second incision may be made around the belly button to target skin, muscle, or fat at the upper abdomen.

Patients who have experienced significant weight loss (whether with the assistance of bariatric surgery or otherwise) may opt to receive a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck. This procedure includes the typical lower abdominal incision along with a second one made vertically down the midsection to address lax abdominal tissue more comprehensively.

The length of this second incision depends on the extent of correction required, but typically does not extend above the breastbone. The belly button may also be repositioned to a more proportionate level on the abdomen.

On the other hand, a mini tummy tuck may be all that is required for some patients to achieve their desired results. Many women find that after pregnancy and childbirth, they develop lax skin and muscle at their lower abdomen.

Unlike a standard tummy tuck, the mini version only addresses the lower abdominal area, removing its excess skin and tightening lower abdominal muscles.

A tummy tuck surgery normally takes about one to two hours, and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Most often, Waldorf Center patients spend one night recovering in our accredited surgery center before heading home.

Dear Dr. Waldorf,
Thank you so very much for your outstanding job on my "tummy tuck!" I am so pleased with the results! You have an amazing skill, wonderful bed-side manner, super staff, beautiful office, and fabulous service to all of us women! I feel younger and more enthused to be healthy. I've been talking about you to my friends. You've made a difference in my life!

— 57-year-old female patient

Recovering from Abdominoplasty

Recovery after tummy tuck surgery is relatively quick, and most patients find they are able to resume a regular work or home schedule after about two weeks of recuperation. Most can return to strenuous activity levels in about six weeks after surgery.

The recovery period typically involves some bruising, soreness, and swelling. You may also find it hard to walk completely straight for the first few days. You can take pain medication to manage any discomfort, but keep in mind that some mild residual swelling will remain for a few weeks to months. After these effects subside, the result is a flatter, firmer, smoother tummy and trimmer waistline.

In some cases, drains may be placed at the time of a tummy tuck surgery to collect excess fluid as you heal, and you may be instructed to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks. If drains are used, they will be removed along with your sutures during a post-operative visit with your plastic surgeon.

During your recovery period, it is important to get enough rest, and avoid positions that stretch or strain the fresh incisions or sutured abdominal muscles. Once your surgeon clears you to resume all activities, it is important to make habits of healthy eating and regular exercise to sustain the results of your tummy tuck long-term.

Alternative or Complementary Options to a Tummy Tuck

As noted above, liposuction may be an element of a tummy tuck, but the surgical fat removal can also be performed as a standalone procedure on many areas of the body, from the belly to the buttocks to the pocket that causes a double chin.

In fact, your plastic surgeon may recommend liposuction as a standalone procedure instead of a tummy tuck if you experience larger deposits of diet- and exercise-resistant fat in the abdominal area, but do not have much excess, loose skin.

Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight frequently find there is loose, hanging tissue on other parts of their body they would like to have addressed as well. An arm lift targets lax skin on the upper arms, while a thigh lift or comprehensive lower body lift can tighten up tissues on the bottom half.

Contact The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck in Portland, Oregon. Inquire online or call our practice directly at call 503-646-0101, or inquire online, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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