Even people who have otherwise great-looking bodies can have less than ideal abdominal areas, for a number of reasons. Among these reasons are pregnancy, the presence of loose skin and muscle following weight loss, or simply a stubborn area of fat that won’t go away despite exercise and dieting. The good news is that this situation can be fixed with abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Dr. John Derr can consult with you to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
If you are considering abdominoplasty in Louisville, Kentucky, there are several conditions of candidacy that you should keep in mind. For example, if you are planning on losing a large amount of weight in the future, you should postpone the procedure. Also, women considering future pregnancies will most likely want to wait to have a tummy tuck, as the muscles that are pulled together during surgery may widen during childbirth. However, women who have had one or more pregnancies are excellent candidates for a tummy tuck. Louisville, Kentucky doctor John Derr is often able to restore these women’s pre-pregnancy figures. Patients who smoke must stop smoking 1 month before and 1 month after the surgery so that post-operative healing is not interfered with.
When you meet with Dr. Derr, he will discuss with you your current health and the results you desire. At this point, he will also decide if a partial or full abdominoplasty will be better for you. A full abdominoplasty involves the skin and musculature from the pubic region all the way up to the ribcage, whereas a partial abdominoplasty, also known as a panniculectomy, only modifies the area below the navel.
In both procedures, an incision is made from hipbone to hipbone or less, just above the pubic region. Dr. Derr then separates the skin from the underlying tissue so it can be tightened later. He will then pull together the vertical abdominal muscles and stitch them together, resulting in a smaller waist line and a flatter appearance. To complete the abdominoplasty, any excess skin and fat is removed using liposuction and/or excisional techniques, the navel is repositioned, and the remaining skin is tightened. The incisions are closed with sutures, simultaneously tightening the skin as well. The entire tummy tuck procedure in Louisville takes between two and five hours, depending on the case.
Most patients are able to return to their normal schedule in about one to two weeks after surgery, while complete recovery will take several months. Patients who have jobs that require heavy lifting may need 3-4 weeks of recovery before returning to work.