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Tummy Tuck Philadelphia

Our bodies can change dramatically over time. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging can transform our bodies so that we feel the need to seek surgery to make us feel attractive again. Helping you regain your confidence in your physical appearance is the goal at Marchant Plastic Surgery. Whether you need a tummy tuck for that post-pregnancy abdominal pouch or liposuction for persistent pockets of fat that just won’t go away no matter how much you diet and exercise, Dr. Eric A. Marchant is ready to help you fight your “battle of the bulge.”

Other names for Tummy Tuck:

Abdominoplasty

Mommy Makeover (if performed with a breast procedure)

Procedure Expectations:

Remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower abdomen. Tighten abdominal muscles.

Procedure Limitations:

Liposuction is sometimes performed at the same time as abdominoplasty to enhance the results.

Abdominoplasty does not address the upper thigh or hip/flank regions.

Abdominoplasty does not address mesenteric or inner-abdominal fat that can make an abdomen look distended.

Surgical Time:

Two hours

Restrictions:

Abdominoplasty patients should refrain from any aerobic activity and lifting over 10 lbs for three to four weeks. Most patients return to more sedentary jobs within two to three weeks.

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is often the best solution for those with extra fat and skin in the abdominal area that cannot be reduced through diet and exercise. The abdominal muscles are tightened, excess fat and skin are removed from the lower abdomen, and the upper abdominal skin is stretched down to the lower abdomen for a more slender, athletic appearance.

General anesthesia is used to ensure patient comfort. Abdominoplasties are performed through an incision made horizontally from hip to hip. This incision will be made low, near your pubic area, so that the scar can be easily concealed. Dr. Marchant will then contour your skin, remove fat, and tighten muscles for a slimmer look. Drainage tubes may be placed under your skin for removal about one to two weeks following the surgery. Abdominoplasty patients walk semi-erect for the first week after surgery. Patients also wear a compression garment, supplied by the office, for three weeks. Abdominoplasty patients remain sore for several weeks after treatment. Most abdominoplasty patients are extremely satisfied and enjoy their results for a lifetime with proper care.

Women with stretched-out skin from pregnancy and those who have lost significant amounts of weight can benefit from this surgery. If you plan to become pregnant again or lose a significant amount of weight, it may be best to postpone abdominoplasty surgery. This is because an abdominoplasty will tighten skin and abdominal muscles and the benefits of abdominoplasty may be undone if this region changes drastically in size following surgery.