You will undergo a thorough consultation prior to your tummy tuck surgery, during which you will discuss your expectations, preferences, and medical history to help develop a customized treatment plan. You should quit smoking six weeks prior to your surgery and shouldn’t take blood thinning medication for two weeks before your procedure. Stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet leading up to your surgery to provide your body with the essential nutrients needed for healing.
Dr. Lickstein performs high lateral tension tummy tucks that use thin, discreetly placed incisions. A lower abdominal incision, slightly above the pubic region, is placed from hip to hip, which can be easily concealed using clothing. A secondary incision is created around the navel. Both incisions are placed to provide the best access to the underlying abdominal structures while minimizing scar visibility. In some cases, there is no scar around the belly button.
To create the new shape of the abdomen, the excess skin is separated from the abdominal muscle wall. An internal corset technique sutures the abdominal muscles together to tighten the patient's core. Excess skin is excised from around the lower abdomen. The remaining tissue is draped over the new contours of the abdomen, and the navel is repositioned to ensure a natural appearance. Temporary tubes are placed to drain fluids, and your incisions are closed.
Liposuction can be added to any tummy tuck procedure to enhance abdominal definition. It can be utilized across the abdomen and around the hips to craft more attractive curves. Liposuction gently eliminates excess fat that may cause a flabby stomach appearance. Liposuction only removes stubborn deposits of fat and should not be considered a weight-loss tool.