Patients that consult in our office for abdominoplasty (more commonly known as a tummy tuck) typically complain of fatty areas, stretched or loose skin, potential hernias and weakened abdominal walls, along with lower abdominal skin that is resistant to tightening through diet and exercise. We are seeing more and more patients suffering from the repercussions of weight fluctuation following quarantine. Poor sleep patterns, changes in dietary habits and exercise routines, high stress and anxiety have sparked what we and others playfully call “the Quarantine 15”.
This comes at a unique time as advancements in tummy tuck and liposuction surgery have created an opportunity for those seeking surgery, to be able to recover quickly, with minimal scarring, while focusing on a more holistic approach. Over the years we have completed thousands of abdominoplasties and we were the first practice in the Bay Area to implement the drainless tummy tuck procedure.
Even though gyms are back open and workout routines have been re-established, there is no number of sit-ups that can bring the abdominal wall back into its normal, unstretched position without being surgically repaired. Tummy tucks are performed in our fully accredited surgery center, here in Blackhawk, several times each week. The use of a slow-release, long-acting anesthetic, combined with surgical techniques to allow for quicker healing, permits our patients to have an overall positive experience. After surgery, patients are released home to begin their recovery the same day. Within a matter of weeks, swelling begins to dissipate and patients are left with a more beautifully contoured midsection.
Tummy Tuck surgery is often enhanced with other procedures such as high-definition liposuction to highlight the muscular contours for a more athletic core, along with breast augmentation and/or breast lift. The best way to determine if you are a suitable candidate for abdominoplasty or any other surgical procedure is to schedule a complimentary consultation where we can review the options together and answer all your questions. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our office at 925.736.5757. Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you!
By Dr. Stephen J. Ronan, MD FACS, Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa