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Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a very powerful body contouring procedure. The main goals of an abdominoplasty are to restore shape and function to the abdominal core. This procedure is one of more invasive cosmetic procedures performed with a higher overall risk level. Your selection of a highly qualified and skilled surgeon is a must when approaching higher risk surgeries. Dr Papillion is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as general surgery. Dr Papillion is well equipped to provide you with amazing results in the safest manner possible.
Below the quick facts, Dr. Papillion has answered the key questions you need to know about abdominoplasty. Keep reading to learn more!
Downtime: 8-14 days
Pain Scale 1-10: 6-8
Also known as: Tummy Tuck, Mommy Make Over, Mini-Tummy Tuck
When I decided to get my mini-tuck I visited a few plastic surgeons in Nashville and never had a good first impression or felt comfortable with them. My quest to find a plastic surgeon was coming to an end and I almost gave up until I found Dr. Paul Papillion. My initial visit with him was perfect. He was such a down-to-earth guy and I immediately felt comfortable with him which was one of my expectations. I couldn’t have found a more professional and caring physician. The day of surgery he was so reassuring and made me feel right at home, despite me really being scared to death. (It was my first time under general anesthesia). After my surgery was complete he was right there and again was the most professional person I could have asked for. My follow-up visits with him were just as great as the first. He makes you feel so relaxed and so at ease. Now let’s talk about my results and recovery. If you would ask me would I do it again, my answer would be YES 100 times over and over! I could not have asked for better results!!!!! I work in the medical field and I have a background as a nurse Practioner, so I feel that I can say Dr. Papillion is the real deal. I would 100% recommend him to anyone looking for plastic surgery.
Do you repair the muscles or diastasis?
Yes, repair of any muscle separation is a standard part of abdominoplasty. A rectus diastasis is when the connective tissues that hold the muscle together separate. This occurs mostly with the process of pregnancy. Repair of the separation can give more shape and contour to the abdomen and realign the muscle of your abdomen.
How is an abdominoplasty performed?
The basic steps of an abdominoplasty are very straightforward. Once you are safely anesthetized under general anesthesia, the abdomen is cleaned sterilely and covered with sterile drapes. After this, a lower abdominal incision is made. The loose abdominal skin is raised up to expose the abdominal muscles. If the abdominal muscles have any separation, they are repaired with suture. After muscle repair, the loose abdominal skin is pulled in a downward fashion to estimate how much skin is to be removed. The skin is marked, and trimmed away. The lower abdominal incision is then closed with suture.
Do you have drains?
I use drains commonly in abdominoplasty. When you lift up the loose abdominal skin and then close the lower incision, you create a space under the skin where fluid can accumulate. This fluid, if not drained, will collect and oftentimes form a capsule around the fluid, where it can remain trapped for a prolonged time period. The drains are there to prevent the buildup of fluid and to allow the abdominal skin to heal back to the muscles.
Do you perform drainless abdominoplasty?
Yes, I do perform drainless abdominoplasty, but I prefer not to. When you perform drainless abdominoplasty, you must place many more sutures to attach the abdominal skin back down to the abdominal wall. The extra sutures take more time to heal, you often have dimpling of the skin, and the more suture and suturing, the higher risk for infection sites and bleeding sites. And even with all the sutures, you can still collect fluid requiring draining of abdominal fluid in the end. So, yes I do this procedure when desired, but I prefer to use drains when possible.
Is liposuction done at the same time as Abdominoplasty?
Liposuction can be done at the same time as abdominoplasty. Liposuction is often used to help shape the hip and flank regions to give an improvement in coutour to those regions. The combination of an abdominoplasty and trunk liposuction often combine to give an enhanced shape of your core.
Abdominoplasty combined with hip and flank liposuction.