The changes your body can withstand are nothing short of amazing. Whether from excess weight or pregnancies, many of us find ourselves with folds of skin and fat that are nearly impossible to improve without surgery. Other possible causes include aging, heredity, or prior surgery. Fortunately, a Tummy Tuck is a procedure that allows you to recapture the shape of your body you once enjoyed.
If you are considering having a Tummy Tuck, you are not alone. In the 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it was stated that nearly 112,000 Tummy Tuck procedures were performed in the United States. While this number is only 5% higher than the previous year, it represents a 79% increase in Tummy Tuck procedures performed in the United States since 2000. According to this study, the Tummy Tuck is the 6th most popular cosmetic surgery procedure.
The first step toward a more sculpted abdomen is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lane Smith. After listening carefully to your desired outcome, he will walk you through the process and explain the options available to you and the results you can expect. As you can see, these photos serve as proof of the amazing outcomes that Dr. Smith’s patients have experienced.
As you browse through the extensive collection of the Before and After photos of Dr. Smith’s Tummy Tuck patients, you can see that this procedure can be a subtle enhancement, such as patients patients who have a bulge just below the belly button. For most people, it involves a significant sculpture of the abdomen, with the skillful creation of a new belly button, and greatly diminish stretch marks.
Because Dr. Lane has exceptional skill, he has periodically used the Tummy Tuck procedure (combined with liposuction) to provide a complete transformation for severely overweight patients or those who have undergone significant weight loss. In every case, Dr. Lane takes time to understand the patient’s goals and helps them understand what can be done to achieve them.
One of the greatest concerns that patients share is the scars that will result from plastic surgery. As you can see from these photos, Dr. Lane has carefully planned the surgeries so that the scars are minimal and fall within the bikini line whenever possible. In addition, he has a talent for forming very realistic belly buttons which is important to patients who do not wish to reveal that they have had surgery.
As with most plastic surgery procedures, Tummy Tucks do not usually require hospital admission and are generally performed at Smith Plastic Surgery’s American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery (AAAASF) accredited outpatient facility. Some cases may require an overnight stay. With a little help, patients are up and around from the evening of the surgery with most able to return to work within a week or two. Normal physical activities can usually be resumed after six to eight weeks. Typically, the resulting scar will be well hidden below the bikini line.