If you are struggling with unwanted abdominal bulging that does not respond to dieting and exercise, you are not alone. Each year, thousands of clients consult a plastic surgeon about removing their unsightly belly fat for a slimmer, firmer torso and a more attractive fit in swimwear and eveningwear.
Our Saratoga abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. It cannot correct stretch marks unless the blemishes are located on the areas of excess skin to be excised. Individuals of normal body weight and proportion can treat loose and sagging abdominal skin caused by such conditions as:
Our dedicated, friendly staff can arrange for a consultation around the busiest schedules. This first visit is very important. You should come to your Saratoga Springs tummy tuck appointment focused on the matter at hand with a list of your expectations and concerns, as well as unguarded openness and honesty. Being up-front with Dr. Ridha is the key to a successful and safe procedure. With your active involvement, he can help you through every step of the process in confidence. Your first visit may include:
You will go into surgery with a detailed plan created by yourself and Dr. Ridha. Surgeries are unique to every patient, but most include the following steps.
A tummy tuck is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery. Also, someone must be with you for at least the first night following surgery.
The procedure is performed while you are sedated or under general anesthesia. A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision is determined by the required degree of correction. Through the incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed.
A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Internal incisions are closed with layered sutures, and ones close to the skin are closed with sutures, skin adhesive, surgical tape, or clips.
Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. Surgical incisions must not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during healing. Dr. Ridha provides easy-to-follow instructions to care for yourself after surgery, which includes a follow-up visit to our tummy tuck Saratoga Springs office.
The final results will become apparent within two weeks when swelling has subsided and you are able to stand fully upright.
For those clients whose abdominal trouble zone lies mainly below the navel, a mini tummy tuck may be the most appropriate procedure, saving the client downtime and resulting in less scarring.
Dr. Ridha will create an incision above the pubic area stretching from one hip to the other, with an optional second incision made at the navel. This incision is very much like the one used for a cesarean section during childbirth. It will be possible to neatly hide the scar within a bikini or other undergarment. Once the skin has been separated from the abdominal wall, the doctor will then tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess fat from the lower belly.
When excess skin and fat need to be removed from the upper portion of the abdomen rather than from the lower, a reverse tummy tuck is used to tone and tighten the area. The incision used is an inframammary one right below the breast crease, ensuring the scars are well-camouflaged. The reverse tummy tuck procedure is often performed in tandem with a breast augmentation since the incisions can be used for both treatments, sparing the patient extra downtime and discomfort.
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