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There are different conditions in which different patients can benefit from a tummy tuck in Scottsdale. Firstly, patients who have had a significant weight loss frequently encounter their skin losing its memory for contraction. Secondly, women who have finished with pregnancy have a stretched and sagging abdominal wall, in addition to the skin stretched with significant laxity from the growing fetus. In these conditions, a surgical strategy is the best option to restore a patient’s youthful and optimal body contour.
“I feel alive again. Wish I would have made this decision a long time ago. Dr. Lille’s skill and professionalism transformed my life. Dr. Lille and staff were always willing to answer any questions I had about the surgery and the care after surgery. The surgery center, the dr’s office and the overnight stay were all clean and very professional. I felt that I was in the best hands during the entire procedure, before, during and after.”
Dr. Lille will give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
A full tummy tuck is utilized to remove excess skin and fat and to tighten the sagging abdominal wall. An incision is made from one hipbone to the other, and an incision may also be made around the navel to provide greater access to the tissues. It may take two to four hours to complete this surgical procedure.
While a full abdominoplasty is more invasive than a mini tummy tuck and involves larger incisions, it also creates more dramatic results and gives a more contoured and defined look to the abdomen.
A mini tummy tuck is a less-invasive variation of the standard abdominoplasty technique. It is an effective way to get a tighter and firmer lower abdomen. Also called a partial abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck is often suitable for people who are in need of a smaller degree of contouring. It takes about two hours to complete.
A mini tummy tuck is utilized when the excess skin with or without a weak abdominal wall is predominantly located in the lower abdomen below the navel. The incision is made just above the pubic hairline and is much shorter than that of a full tummy tuck. The incision can vary depending upon the amount of excess skin. With this procedure, the navel is not altered, and no incision is made around it.
Because the procedure is less invasive and involves a shorter incision, the mini tummy tuck requires less downtime than a full abdominoplasty. It also results in less bruising and swelling in the treatment area.
Immediately after surgery, the patient who underwent a full or a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck will be transferred to a recovery care center, where the nursing staff will attend to all the immediate medical needs and comforts of the patient. Patients will usually be discharged the following day to home. Mini tummy tuck patients are discharged home following their surgery. For those visiting from out of town, arrangements can be made with assistance from our staff at nearby hotels or motels.
When at home, patients will be resting and sleeping in recliner chairs and walking slightly bent over to relieve the tension at the incision sites. Activity restrictions are in place and follow up evaluations with me personally will be conducted at 1 and 2 weeks with a possible appt on the 3rd week following the surgery. A final follow up is usually conducted at 3 to 4 months after surgery. Once recovery is complete, patients can enjoy their results. Look over tummy tuck before and after photos in our gallery for an idea of your potential results.
Scarring is usually red and pink in the beginning, progressing to the color of the surrounding skin area usually between one and two years. We have different treatments to help enhance and facilitate the scarring maturation process with one, significantly reducing the scarring.
Discomfort is managed quite well with prescription narcotics and the choice of a pain-reducing infusion system that is placed at the time of the procedure. This infuses pain relief agents for a period of two days.
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