At our Richmond, Virginia plastic surgery facility, we are dedicated to providing an experience that exceeds expectations and provides results that will help improve your overall confidence. The goal of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is to flatten, tighten, and reshape the abdomen, effectively creating a tighter and smoother appearance that enhances your body image and confidence.
This includes the removal of excess skin, fat, and the tightening of the deeper muscle layer that has been stretched from weight gain and/or childbirth. There are a number of options in the tummy tuck procedure, depending on the patient’s needs and desires.
Based upon your examination, Dr. Lynam will recommend the best option for you to achieve the desired end result. No amount of diet and exercise will shrink skin or tighten stomach muscles if they have been stretched after pregnancy.
While there are a few women who have no stretch marks after pregnancy and whose muscles have stayed together, most women – even if they get back to pre-pregnancy weight – will still notice a bulge and extra skin in the lower tummy region.
Candidates for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure
Good candidates for this procedureare healthy non-smokers with a positive outlook and realistic goals.
At the time of your consultation we will discuss your goals, the procedure, and the routine post-operative healing process. Your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you are a healthy candidate for surgery and we will answer any questions you may have about this procedure.
The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure
Dr. Lynam of our Richmond, Virginia facility offers a number of options. The first procedure is the traditional tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) that removes the skin from just above the belly button down to the pubic hair region. The belly button is saved and reinserted through the skin that has been pulled down. The abdominal muscles are tightened and some minimal liposuction may be performed.
Tummy Tucks are done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and take approximately 3 hours. Two small drains, known as Jackson-Pratt drains, are placed to remove any small amount of fluid collection for 7-10 days following surgery. As an added benefit to our patients, Dr. Lynam recommends a long-lasting numbing medication called Exparel. This non-narcotic medication is injected by Dr. Lynam at the time of surgery to help reduce overall pain allowing your body to have more energy to heal. Ask Dr. Lynam about using Exparel for your abdominoplasty.
The second option is a mini-abdominoplasty. This is an operation that removes a crescent of skin and fat from the bikini line region, tightening the lower abdominal muscles and leaving the belly button in place.
Liposuction is performed above and laterally. The mini-abdominoplasty is done on an outpatient basis, taking 2-3 hours and is also performed under general anesthesia. Two drains are placed to remove any small amount of fluid collection for 5-7 days following surgery.
The third option is an endoscopic tummy tuck, an operation for those who need tightening of the muscles and liposuction but do not need skin removed. This procedure is minimally invasive using endoscopic techniques. A small incision in the bikini line is all that is needed. The endoscopic tummy tuck is done on an outpatient basis taking 1-2 hours and is performed under general anesthesia.
After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery
Your abdomen may be swollen, bruised, and sore for several weeks. One week after your surgery, you will be placed in an abdominal binder.
You will wear this binder 12 hours per day for four weeks to aid in the healing process. Scars created to perform the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) are permanent but will fade with time. It may be difficult to stand up straight for 7-10 days as your body adjusts to the newly tightened skin and muscle. Vigorous exercise routines may resume as early as 6-8 weeks following surgery. Most patients return to work within 2 weeks.
Some patients may elect to spend the night in a hospital or have a nurse go home with them. We can assist you in arranging this post-operative careif you wish.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure is to schedule a consultation. During your consultation with Dr. Lynam, you may discuss your desires and you will learn what to reasonably expect.
“I have been wanting to have a mommy makeover since my twins were born almost 8 years ago. Needless to say, less than 2 years later I was pregnant with baby number 3. I was 100 lbs. when I got pregnant with twins and at delivery was pushing 170 lbs. During my Iast pregnancy I put on 50 lbs. I am 37, 5’4″ and weigh 115 lbs. I am planning on having a full tummy tuck with umbilical hernia repair and breast lift with augmentation. My surgery is scheduled for December 27th so I can play Santa and take advantage of my husband being off work. He is off work until January 6th. The boys will go back to school on January 6th so hoping I will be okay to get up and about to some degree at that point. I have enjoyed reading everyone’s reviews and look forward to all the updates. I will try to attach some pictures so everyone can see what I am dealing with for my mommy makeover.”
– Tummy Tuck Patient