Tummy Tuck in Portland
Abdominoplasty for Oregon
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, this is not a weight loss procedure, but is best 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. 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.
Dr. Kathleen Waldorf has been in practice for more than 20 years, during which she has performed many successful tummy tucks for her patients of both sexes and varying ages. The procedure is unique to each patient, requiring an expert eye and skilled assessment of which elements will be best combined to deliver the desired results. When handled by an experienced surgeon, an abdominoplasty is very effective way to get new contours that can impact a patient’s entire look 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. Dr. Waldorf believes in the importance of abdominoplasty candidates being well informed so they approach the procedure with an understanding of what it can and can’t do, 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 is the ideal choice for them, as well as in Dr. Waldorf as the surgeon to handle it. She examine your midsection, take your medical history and stats, and tell you what an abdominoplasty can reasonably accomplish.
Your Tummy Tuck Surgery
In a tummy tuck, the incision is generally low on the abdomen where the scar will stay hidden under most bikinis and underwear. Excess skin and fat may be trimmed, and stretched-out abdominal muscles are tightened as needed. Liposuction may be used to remove any excess fat from the area. The result is a flatter, firmer, smoother tummy and trimmer waistline.
The tummy tuck surgery takes 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 two weeks of recuperation. Most can return to strenuous activity levels in six weeks.
The recovery period 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.
In some cases, drains are 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 Dr. Waldorf.
More Than a Tummy Tuck in Portland
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.
Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight frequently find loose, hanging tissue on other parts of their body as well. An arm lift targets lax skin on the upper limbs, while a thigh lift or entire lower body lift tightens up tissues on the bottom half.
Contact the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck in Portland, Oregon. Call 503-646-0101, or inquire online, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.