Tummy Tuck Procedure Process Explained
At Omni Cosmetic, we understand that every patient considers abdominoplasty for highly personal reasons. Every tummy tuck surgery is pursued for various reasons, and there is no standardized method when considering a tummy tuck.
At Omni Cosmetic, we strive to give each of our patients a high level of joy and satisfaction. We start with an in-depth free consultation to ensure we personalize your tummy tuck design and follow the best course of action for you. Our surgeons will thoroughly discuss your goals for tummy tuck surgery, including areas of the abdomen to be targeted, procedural and incision options, and compatible procedures to enhance results. Our tailor-made consultation ensures we accurately achieve a suitable direction for your cosmetic ideal before the tummy tuck procedure.
Omni Cosmetic’s approach to abdominoplasty starts with open two-way communication and a comfortable environment where you may ask as many questions as you need about your tummy tuck. This initial consultation is the first and most important step. Omni Cosmetic can explore solutions to your concerns, accurately design your aesthetic vision, and plan the mechanics of your tummy tuck that will ultimately grant you improved confidence and a more slender midsection.
During your consultation, which takes about 60-90 minutes, one of our expert surgeons will:
- Meet with your surgical coordinator
- Listen to your personal motivations and learn your cosmetic goals
- Perform a thorough examination
- Discuss your procedure plan in detail and the reasons behind every step
- Open a line of communication regarding financing and procedure concerns
- Review your options and alternatives for improvement
- Customize your plan with liposuction to problem areas
What Steps Should I Take to Prepare for a Tummy Tuck?
Designing a complex surgery such as abdominoplasty can be overwhelming and may cause worry or angst. To help you relax and gain peace of mind, we focus on thoroughly educating our patients in preparation for this life-changing body contouring procedure.
Before your tummy tuck surgery, you will be asked to:
- Undergo a medical evaluation or lab testing
- Adjust current medications or start taking new medications
- Stop smoking well before your surgery
- Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs, which may increase bleeding
How Long Do Tummy Tuck Procedures Take?
While every tummy tuck surgery is unique, the process generally takes about 2-3 hours depending on the anesthesia used, size of the patient, and tummy tuck procedure used (mini or traditional).
What Is a Tummy Tuck Like During Surgery? Is It painful?
Omni Cosmetic’s fully equipped clinic in Minneapolis and St. Paul has a recipe to minimize the pain or discomfort during your tummy tuck surgery. In fact, the most common complaint after surgery is, “it just feels so tight.” We understand. You are welcome!
A traditional tummy tuck procedure involves making a horizontal and indiscrete incision right above the pubic area (bikini line), from hip to hip. Most of the excess skin or fat in the “pooch” area is then removed in a horizontal oval or elliptical shape, effectively tightening and contouring the stomach area. Your surgeon may also often use internal sutures after removing the skin to create a firmer abdominal figure, to restore stomach muscles in place (normally lost through pregnancy). After removing excess skin and fat, the belly button is repositioned to align with the new contour of the abdomen. The surgeon will then dress and close the incision with layers of suture, skin adhesive, and surgical tape. They will put you in an elastic binder for comfort.
Anesthesia administered by our team is a straightforward process that guarantees you will feel no pain or discomfort during your tummy tuck procedure. Here at Omni Cosmetic, we have a saying, “if we can’t do it safely, we can’t do it at all.” Our staff is highly trained in providing a high level of comfort, attention to detail, and ultimate patient care throughout every phase of the abdominoplasty process.
What Should I Expect in Terms of Recovery After a Tummy Tuck?
In most cases, a patient will be able to return to work within 1-2 weeks. Patients should have a ride home and commit to bedrest the first few days after their tummy tuck procedure. As this is an invasive cosmetic surgery, expect swelling and soreness of the abdomen for a few weeks and religiously follow your surgeon’s maintenance and physical activity schedule. Anticipate a more slender and contoured stomach after a few weeks as the swelling disappears. Full tummy tuck results are seen between 4-6 months after the procedure.
Omni Cosmetic will give clear instructions on how to maintain your tummy tuck in a post-op visit. We will walk you through:
- Caring for your incisions and bandage changes
- Proper diet, sleeping, and bathing habits
- Management of oral pain and antibiotic medications
- Gentle restorative exercise post-surgery
- Instruction for compression garments