You’ve worked hard to lose weight and to improve your muscle tone through diet and exercise. Nevertheless, you may have some excess skin on your belly that creates an unflattering look. For some, it may seem that no matter how many crunches you do, you just can’t seem to get those abdominal muscles anywhere near a six-pack or a flat tummy.
When you have reached your desired weight but still don’t have your desired shape, it may be time to consider a Brazilian Tummy Tuck. Unfortunately, no creams will shrink excess tummy skin, no amount of crunches will tighten loose stomach muscles and oftentimes even the healthiest diet will not reduce certain fat deposits along the abdominal wall. A Brazilian Tummy Tuck by Dr. Long can help you address these problem areas and achieve a flat and toned appearance.
Brazilian Tummy Tuck FAQ:
What is a Brazilian Tummy Tuck?
Brazilian Tummy Tuck (lipoabdominoplasty): is a procedure that combines the fundamentals of traditional Tummy Tuck and liposuction (liposculpture). This technique was invented by a Brazilian surgeon and is intended to significantly reshape the abdomen and central torso with liposculture. In selected patients, the Brazilian Tummy Tuck can give back the small waist and curvilinear torso appearance that a traditional Tummy Tuck can’t give in this patient group.
Where is the Brazilian Tummy Tuck incision made?
The Brazilian Tummy Tuck incision is located in the lower abdomen in the area below the “bikini line.” During a Brazilian Tummy Tuck, liposuction of the entire abdomen and flank is performed through very small skin incisions with a small delicate liposuction cannula. Excess skin is drawn down and removed, resulting in a flatter, trimmer stomach.
What is the recovery after a Brazilian Tummy Tuck?
Each patient is unique. Your recovery time will depend upon the total treatment plan. You will have some swelling and bruising, and may experience some discomfort and tightness for the first two weeks. We will prescribe medication to ease your discomfort. Dr. Long uses dissolving stitches, so they do not need to be removed. You will wear an abdominal binder during the first week post surgery until most of the swelling resolves. In the second week you are placed in a compression garment that is worn for 6 to 8 weeks to support your tissues as they heal. You will also have drains for several days.
When can I return to normal activities after a Brazilian Tummy Tuck?
Most of our patients are able to return to work in 2 to 3 weeks. If you were exercising before surgery, you will be in the best condition to recover most rapidly. It will take about 4 weeks to return to all normal activities and exercise.
How long will the results from a Brazilian Tummy Tuck last?
Unless you gain weight or become pregnant, you should enjoy your taut shapely figure for years to come. Your clothes will fit better and you’ll find increased confidence in your appearance. Dr. Long suggests patients begin an exercise program to maintain that new look and to increase your health and fitness beginning at week 8.
Why go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for treatment?
Practitioners who are not residency trained and Board Certified to perform Brazilian Tummy Tuck (lipo-abdominoplasty) plastic surgery have been found to suffer a higher rate of complications. One of the most common complaints is minimal improvement, asymmetries, “operated look”, etc.
Always look for a licensed professional with the knowledge, training and skills that are needed to achieve optimum results. Look for the ASPS logo, The Symbol of Excellence.