Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, by Port Moody plastic surgeon Dr. H. Ukani is a comprehensive and highly effective choice for women and men who are bothered by excess fat, skin, or loose muscles in the abdomen. These concerns can be caused by a number of factors, including weight fluctuations and pregnancy. Dr. Ukani customizes the details of each procedure, taking time to talk at length with patients considering tummy tuck from Surrey, Langley, and Coquitlam, BC and other Metro Vancouver communities, working with them to create the results they deserve.
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Tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Ukani is popular with men and women from all walks of life who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their abdomens. However, the surgery is not a good match for patients who are significantly overweight. Dr. Ukani advises these patients to commit to a healthy lifestyle prior to undergoing the procedure. Tummy tuck surgery can correct 3 main concerns:
Dr. Ukani tailors each abdominoplasty to address the complete needs of the patient, making tummy tuck surgery a popular option for a wide variety of people. Your tummy tuck surgery may include liposuction to remove excess fat in surrounding areas such as the hips, and it may also be combined with other surgeries, such as breast augmentation, for a more transformative result. Performing multiple procedures at the same time is called a mommy makeover. Dr. Ukani takes an active role in the decision-making process and enjoys helping patients reveal the most beautiful versions of themselves.
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Tummy tuck surgery is a highly customized, and Dr. Ukani adapts his surgical technique to suit each patient's individual needs. In general, the surgery, which he performs while the patient is under general anesthesia, begins with an incision that extends from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. The resulting scar is typically easily concealed by clothing and swimwear.
Once he makes the incision, Dr. Ukani removes and repositions excess fat. If needed, he also surgically tightens abdominal muscles that have been weakened or displaced. Finally, he removes excess skin and redrapes remaining skin for a smooth, taut contour. He may also reposition the navel for a natural-looking appearance. He then closes the incision, and the patient is moved to a private recovery area.
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Tummy tuck patients awaken to find that their incisions have been dressed and bandaged. Surgical drains may also be in place to prevent the accumulation of fluid. Dr. Ukani provides patients with thorough instructions for caring for themselves and their incisions following surgery.
Dr. Ukani recommends that patients spend around 2 weeks recuperating at home. During this time, it's important to stay lightly active to reduce the risk of blood clots. Short, light walks are effective. Heavy lifting, bending, excess sun exposure, and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
Because no 2 tummy tuck surgeries are alike, your own timeline may vary. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Ukani provides you with a detailed plan of what you can expect and how you can effectively care for yourself during the recuperation period.
Your results can last years if you maintain a steady weight and stay healthy and active. Pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations following surgery may necessitate additional surgery to repair the abdomen.
Because tummy tuck surgery is such a popular procedure, Dr. Ukani has fielded countless questions about it over the years. Below are answers to some of the questions he hears most often.
Liposuction is used to remove excess fat; it does not tighten loose skin or flatten a tummy bulge that is caused by stretched or separated abdominal muscles. Dr. Ukani will perform a physical exam during your consultation to determine which procedure is best suited to your unique needs. He often uses liposuction to put the finishing touches on a tummy tuck by removing fat from the hips or waist.
Consistent exercise and a sensible diet are essential to having a healthy, attractive body, but there are limitations. Once the skin and abdominal muscles are stretched to the point where they have lost elasticity, there is nothing you can do on your own to restore the firm, flattened look you want. Your plastic surgeon must surgically remove the excess skin and repair the abdominal muscles.
A mini tummy tuck is a modified version of the full tummy tuck that is appropriate in a select few cases. This procedure involves one short incision above the pubic area and does not reposition the belly button. The best candidates for the mini tummy tuck are concerned about excess skin below the belly button only and do not require the repair of abdominal muscles.
Yes, a tummy tuck can get rid of stretch marks, but only those that are on the skin that is removed. Usually, this means stretch marks that lie below the belly button. Stretch marks above the belly button usually end up below it after surgery and can then be hidden by underwear.
While you may lose a few pounds after your tummy tuck, it is not a weight loss procedure. By eliminating the excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck will likely make you look much more fit than you did before your surgery.
It is perfectly safe to become pregnant after a tummy tuck, but if you're planning to have a baby within the next year or so, it's best to postpone your cosmetic surgery. Because the growing baby will stretch your abdominal skin and muscles out, pregnancy will likely undo any improvements you gain from surgery. Dr. Ukani recommends women wait until they are done having children to have a tummy tuck.