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Isn’t your skin amazing? Mothers have been surprised by the remarkable changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy. This is also true for men and women who have experienced fluctuations in their weight. How can you restore your abdomen to it’s previous appearance? No laser treatments or creams can remove stretch marks. And, no matter how hard you try, there is often no amount of diet or exercise that will get rid of the stomach bulge. There is just no way to get 6-pack abs if your abdominal muscles are not in their proper place.

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Smith Surgery offers a remarkable solution!

Dr. Lane Smith can help you reshape your abdomen. Say goodbye to excess skin and stretch marks. Say hello to the flat stomach you desire. With the combination of liposuction and abdominal plastic surgery, you can restore the appearance of your abdomen and wear that bikini with a smile.

Abdominoplasty, also known as Tummy Tuck or Mini-Tummy Tuck, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. It’s no wonder considering the amazing transformation it can deliver. Dr. Smith has been performing plastic surgery procedures for more than 13 years. By tightening the abdominal muscles that support the lower abdomen, removing excess skin and sculpting contours with liposuction, Dr. Smith helps men and women who have experienced massive weight loss significantly enhance their appearance. Take a look at the ways many patients have already reclaimed their youth with Dr. Smith’s help:

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What Can You Accomplish with Abdominal Plastic Surgery?

After losing a significant amount of weight or after one or more pregnancies, these common concerns can be addressed with plastic surgery:

  • Eliminate stretch marks, made of scar tissue that cannot be removed by any cream or laser

  • Remove excess loose skin for which the elasticity cannot be restored

  • Correct a bulge in your lower abdomen between belly button and pubic bone due to the abdominal muscles being stretched out of shape

  • Erase fat that has not responded to weight loss diet and exercise

Abdominal Surgical Procedures

Liposuction

The removal of fat in the abdomen reduces the fat in the abdomen, hips, and buttocks, but it will not enhance the appearance of the skin; it does not diminish stretch marks nor restore elasticity. However, when liposuction is used in conjunction with Tummy Tuck or Mini-Tummy Tuck surgery, it greatly enhances the overall results.

Mini-Tummy Tuck

For a man or woman who has a small amount of excess skin in the abdomen and has very few, if any, stretch marks, a Mini-Tummy Tuck can enhance the appearance of the abdomen. This procedure involves using liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdomen, (especially the area between the belly button and public bone), restoring the postion of the abdominal muscles, tightening the muscles, and pulling the skin tight over the abdomen and removing excess skin. The incision is usually four to eight inches wide and it is well hidden below the bikini line.

Tummy Tuck

If the patient has achieved significant weight loss or has had one or more pregnancies, there may be a lot of excess skin and stretch marks present. In this case, a Tummy Tuck can dramatically enhance the appearance of the waistline and abdomen. The surgery involves liposuction to reduce fat stores in the abdomen, repositioning and tightening of the abdominal muscles, pulling the skin tight over the abdomen, repositioning the belly button, and removing the excess skin. While the Tummy Tuck incision may extend from hip to hip, in most cases, it will be completely hidden beneath the bikini line.

What Happens During the Surgery?

Mini-Tummy Tuck

Once you have decided to move forward with a Mini-Tummy Tuck, Dr. Smith and his staff will inform you of any necessary preparation before the surgery. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.

  • The surgery begins with a small incision, usually four to eight inches wide below the bikini line. If you have had a C-section, that incision may be used again. The cut will extend through the layers of skin and fat but will not penetrate the underlying muscle or abdominal cavity that lies below the muscles.

  • The surgeon will carefully loosen the skin and fat layer up to the belly button, separating it from the underlying layer of muscle.

  • The abdominal muscles will be tightened and extra skin, usually six inches or less will be trimmed away. The belly button will not be affected.

  • Fat will be removed from the upper and lower abdomen using liposuction.

  • After a drain is placed, the incision will be closed.

Tummy Tuck

Saying yes to the amazing transformation that a Tummy Tuck can provide is very exciting. Once your surgery has been scheduled, Dr. Smith and his staff will inform you of anything you need to do to prepare for the surgery. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia but in some cases, an overnight stay is recommended.

  • The surgery begins with a long incision that may extend from hip to hip below the bikini line. It is higher at the ends and may resemble a slight U-shape. The incision will go down through the layers of skin and fat. The surgeon will not cut the underlying muscles (i.e., rectus abdominus) and he will not disturb the peritoneum that encases the internal organs that sits below the muscles.

  • Elevating the skin and fat layers up to the rib cage, the surgeon will loosen and separate it from the muscle below.

  • The surgeon will cut a small circle around the edge of the belly button to allow it to remain attached to the abdominal wall.

  • The abdominal muscles will be pulled together at the midline and tightened

  • The skin and fat layers will be pulled down over the belly button and a new hole will be cut to position the existing belly button. The excess skin that includes stretch marks will be trimmed away.

  • Fat will be carefully removed from the upper and lower abdomen using liposuction.

  • Following the placement of one or two drains, the incision will be closed in layers beginning with the deepest layer to the skin maximizing its strength.

Drain

At the very end of Mini-Tummy Tuck and Tummy Tuck surgery, the surgeon will place one or two small drains at the corner of the incision. This while closing incision, one or two small drains are placed, one out of each corner to help drain out the excess fluid that accumulates under the skin and fat after surgery. This fluid is naturally secreted by the body following an injury, like you would find in a blister. It will normally go away by itself in time but placing drains at the incision point helps the fluid go away faster. The drains will be removed 4 to 10 days after surgery.

Risks

Abdominal plastic surgery is very safe. Dr. Smith will discuss the risks involved with you which may include: pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, need for additional procedures, infection, bleeding, and damage to surrounding structures.

In addition, because abdominal plastic surgery does not improve the backside, buttocks or the flank/lower hip area, the enhancement of the abdomen may make these other areas appear larger or more prominent in contrast. Liposuction of the hips, flanks and lower back can provide a more uniform transformation.

What Happens After Surgery?

After you have had your Mini Tummy Tuck or Tummy Tuck Procedure, Dr. Smith will provide you with guidelines to achieve optimal results. Here are some general post-surgery instructions.

  • The evening of the surgery, you should be up and walking around. This helps to prevent blood clots.

  • Most Mini Tummy Tuck patients can return to work within five to seven days, Tummy Tuck patients typically return to work within seven to fourteen days.

  • Tummy Tuck patients should wear loose clothing the first few weeks after surgery when the skin of the abdomen may feel very tight and a little bit uncomfortable.

  • Constipation is a common side side effect of pain medication. Stool softeners usually provide sufficient relief.

  • Light exercise can be reintroduced two to three weeks after surgery for Mini Tummy Tuck, four weeks for Tummy Tuck patients.

  • Strenuous abdominal exercises, such as sit ups, should not be attempted until six to eight weeks after surgery when all normal activities may be resumed.

Scars

One of the biggest concerns for any surgery is the resulting scar. Because Tummy Tuck surgery removes stretch marks, which are actually scar tissue, this surgery actually reduces visible scars. In the vast majority of cases, the scar that results from Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck surgery is completely hidden below the bikini line. If the patient uses scar tape and gel for six to eight months after the surgery as directed, the scar should be barely visible within two years following the surgery.

Dr. Lane Smith

It is extremely important that you take care to select a surgeon that has skill and expertise in the plastic surgery procedure you desire. Dr. Smith is board certified in cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, head and neck surgery, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has performed thousands of Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tucks during more than 10 years of practice. Patients all over the world seek his services. Why you ask? Just take a look at the remarkable results he has produced in the Before & After Gallery.

Dr. Smith is also admired by his peers for his excellent techniques and innovative procedures. In the past, performing liposuction on the abdominal area during a Tummy Tuck procedure was considered dangerous. Dr. Smith developed a technique that combines the two procedures safely. He presented his research and new technique to his colleagues at the California Plastic Surgery Society meeting and it has since become very popular in leading plastic surgery practices across the country.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith to discuss the potential benefits of a plastic surgery, call (702) 838-2455 or email info@smithsurgery.com.