MINI TUMMY TUCK
PROCEDURE TIME: 2-4 HRS
RECOVERY TIME: 7 DAYS
TUMMY TUCK BELLEVUE
Men and women alike struggle with the look of their abdomen. Age, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and many other factors impact the tummy’s appearance. A flat stomach can be nearly impossible to achieve with diet and exercise alone when these other factors contribute. A tummy tuck can correct and address many concerns that patients have. From removing extra skin after weight loss to repairing the abdominal muscles after pregnancy, an abdominoplasty in Bellevue can achieve many goals. Dr. Ludwig Allegra at Northwest Face & Body offers the best tummy tuck Bellevue provides.
OVERVIEW: TUMMY TUCK SURGERY IN BELLEVUE
A tummy tuck is a body contouring surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It also usually repairs diastasis recti. Diastasis recti is the medical term for the separation of the abdominal muscles. Men, women, and even children can have diastasis recti, though it is especially common after pregnancy. Sometimes diastasis recti will correct itself. When it does not, surgical muscle plication is usually the only option to fix it.
The main function of a tummy tuck is to remove extra skin. Extra skin can accumulate along the lower abdomen for many reasons. Age, weight loss, weight gain, and pregnancy are just a few. During an abdominoplasty, Dr. Allegra removes extra skin and tightens the remaining skin to provide a lither contour to the abdomen.
It is not uncommon for Dr. Allegra to perform liposuction with a tummy tuck. Liposuction can improve tummy tuck results through the removal of unneeded fat. It can also address areas that the abdominoplasty alone may not provide an improved result. Areas you may target with liposuction to improve results may include the waist, back, and thighs.
Tummy tuck surgery offers many benefits advantages. While an individual patient may experience unique upsides given their situation, tummy tuck patients often experience benefits like:
- Improved body contour
- Removal of extra skin
- Correction of saggy and loose skin
- Removal of stubborn fat pockets
- Repair of the abdominal muscles
- Flatter, tighter tummy
- Scarring easily hidden with clothing
- Remove or reduce stretch marks
- Highly customizable procedure
- Improved posture
- May correct or improve some medical conditions such as incontinence, back and neck pain, and hernias
TYPES OF TUMMY TUCK
Abdominoplasty surgery comes in many forms. Since every patient’s needs and desires vary, various tummy tucks address certain circumstances. Dr. Allegra can conclude which type of tummy tuck will best meet your needs.
Arguably the most sought after tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck consists of a shorter scar. This minimal incision does mean that Dr. Allegra cannot remove as much skin or repair the muscles to the same extent a standard tummy tuck allows. The mini procedure can repair the abdomen from the belly button down and does not reposition the belly button. Dr. Allegra may recommend this procedure if you need only a small amount of extra skin removed from the lower abdomen.
The standard tummy tuck technique, a full tummy tuck, repositions the belly button, removes extra skin, and repairs diastasis recti. This is the most common tummy tuck procedure performed and suits most people looking to improve the appearance of their abdomen. The incision usually extends from hip to hip. However, it may be slightly shorter or longer given the specifics of your surgery.
An extended tummy tuck follows the same incision as a full abdominoplasty, only the incision extends around the love handles. This procedure addresses the entire abdomen, hips, and flanks. Patients that benefit most from this procedure typically are those who have lost large amounts of weight and require skin removal in those areas. An extended tummy tuck often provides a dramatic result.
The least common type of tummy tuck, the reverse tummy tuck, inverts the procedure. The incision is located below the breasts, often near where a bra would sit. This surgery will benefit patients who need correction only in the upper abdomen. Sometimes a reverse abdominoplasty works well as a revision procedure. It is also easy to pair with breast surgeries such as a breast lift.
THE BELLEVUE TUMMY TUCK JOURNEY
Finding the right plastic surgeon for your Bellevue tummy tuck surgery can offer a notable challenge. At Northwest Face & Body, we provide a friendly atmosphere where you can feel comfortable asking all of your questions. Schedule a consultation to begin your tummy tuck journey with us.
Consultation With Dr. Ludwig Allegra
When you attend a consultation with Bellevue plastic surgeon, Dr. Ludwig Allegra, it will start with a conversation. First, Dr. Allegra will want to understand your concerns, worries, and goals. Knowing what you don’t like and what you want from the procedure lets Dr. Allegra personalize your procedure. Next, Dr. Allegra will ask about your medical history and lifestyle. This may include a discussion of previous surgeries, whether you smoke, and what medications you take.
Finally, Dr. Allegra will physically examine your abdomen and surrounding structures. He will then determine whether you are a viable candidate for a Bellevue tummy tuck. If you are a good candidate, Dr. Allegra will explain the procedure and which abdominoplasty is right for you.
Before leaving the office, you will receive a finalized price quote and financing information. At this point, it is up to you whether or not you want to proceed with your tummy tuck at Northwest Face & Body
Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you choose Northwest Face & Body for your abdominoplasty, you will then come to our state-certified ambulatory surgical center in Kirkland. After checking in, clearance for surgery, and surgical markings, a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia.
Dr. Allegra will begin the surgery by making the incision. Generally, a tummy tuck incision is made under the panty line from hip to hip. It may vary based on the type of abdominoplasty you undergo. Through this incision, Dr. Allegra will remove extra skin and tissue. He may also repair the abdominal muscles, pulling them tight. Finally, once Dr. Allegra achieves the ideal contour, he will stretch and tighten the skin over your new abdomen. Suturing the incision closed, you will then begin to wake up from surgery.
Recovery And Results
On the first day of recovery, you will need a caretaker to care for you for the first 24 hours. They will help you with daily tasks, walking, and other necessary tasks. Dr. Allegra will provide you with pain medications to keep you comfortable. Likely, you will still feel groggy and tired for the first day.
Over the coming days, you should start to feel better. Tummy tuck patients usually remain hunched over and sitting up for a good portion of their recovery to prevent damaging the incision. Side effects can include pain, discomfort, bruising, swelling, and numbness. These usually begin to subside within the first week and usually massively improve or go away in two weeks.
Patients often return to work after about two weeks. Depending on your healing process and the specifics of your abdominoplasty, you may return sooner or later. Most daily activities can resume at around two weeks. Some light exercise may begin at around the same time. More strenuous exercise will need to wait longer. Usually, after about six weeks, you can begin most activities again.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can You Get Pregnant After A Tummy Tuck?
It is safe to become pregnant after a tummy tuck. It is important to note that future pregnancies can reverse tummy tuck results. Therefore, Dr. Allegra and most plastic surgeons will recommend waiting until you are finished building your family before you have a tummy tuck in Bellevue.
How Long Will I Be Hunched Over?
The average amount of time patients spend hunched over is around two weeks. Although, this will depend on how tight the skin is after surgery and how quickly you heal. Some patients may spend as little as a week, while others may find themselves hunched over for more than two weeks.
Does A Tummy Tuck Leave A Scar?
One of the factors that impact a patient’s decision to undergo a tummy tuck is the scar. Generally, a tummy tuck scar will extend from hip to hip. Dr. Allegra places the incision low enough that most undergarments and swimsuits will cover it. However, there will be a scar following tummy tuck surgery.
If you are concerned about the scar, you can discuss this with Dr. Allegra during a consultation. He makes every effort to describe the surgical process and use techniques to minimize scarring. Dr. Allegra can also recommend ways to promote a faded scar after surgery.
How Much Weight Can You Lose With A Tummy Tuck?
A common misconception about tummy tuck is that they are a weight loss procedure. Most tummy tuck patients are at, or near their ideal weight. In fact, many patients undergo an abdominoplasty to remove extra skin after a weight loss procedure. Most patients who have a Bellevue tummy tuck will not lose a significant amount of weight.
That said, some patients may see some moderate loss following surgery. In general, no more than ten pounds of fat can be safely removed during abdominoplasty surgery. If major fat removal is part of your tummy tuck, Dr. Allegra will discuss this with you. Generally, it is recommended that you are within ten to twenty pounds of your goal weight before tummy tuck surgery.
Is It Safe?
Tummy tuck surgery is a safe surgery when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Ludwig Allegra and on an ideal candidate. Dr. Allegra takes many precautions to reduce the risks associated with a tummy tuck. This includes thorough patient screening, sterile surgical technique, and post-operative medications.
How Much Is A Tummy Tuck?
The cost of a tummy tuck ranges based on the type of abdominoplasty and the specifics of your procedure. For example, a mini tummy tuck and extended tummy tuck have different price points. Also, if you require muscle plication or liposuction, this can affect the price.
The most accurate price will come from a consultation at Northwest Face & Body. To help you get an idea of the starting cost of a tummy tuck in Bellevue, we offer our price list and Price Simulator™ app.
BELLEVUE’S BEST TUMMY TUCK AT NORTHWEST FACE & BODY
Northwest Face & Body is located minutes away from downtown Bellevue and Kirkland. Having served the Eastside for decades, Northwest Face & Body provides the gold standard plastic surgery experience. As Bellevue’s top destination for plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures like BOTOX, Northwest Face & Body offers the best tummy tuck Bellevue offers.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra is an accomplished plastic surgeon who has performed hundreds of cosmetic procedures. Along with accomplishments as a surgeon, Dr. Allegra is also a talented injector with an eye for aesthetics. He brings together scientific and analytic skills with a deep understanding and affinity for aesthetics.
To learn more about tummy tucks and schedule a consultation with Dr. Allegra, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also connect with us online via our contact forms, Price Simulator™, and chat.