Tummy Tuck procedures are done at our Wilmington office
Liposuction using UltraShape by Lysonix uses safe, gentle Ultrasound to liquefy fat for smoother results and quicker recovery. Tummy tuck can be performed along with Liposuction to remove excess skin and tighten weak abdominal muscles.
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How does liposuction work?
Fat is treated with very gentle, safe ultrasound after a numbing solution is instilled The ultrasound gently emulsifies the fat so it can be removed more easily, resulting in an easier recovery and a smoother result. This technique has proven to be a very safe and effective way to permanently eliminate fat deposits.
Will I lose weight?
Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss or exercise, however many patients who have had liposuction find that their improved shape motivates them to lose weight and further enhances their results.
Are the results permanent?
Because the fat cells are actually removed, as long as you maintain your weight within normal variation, the results are permanent.
What areas can be treated?
Areas commonly treated include the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, buttocks, male breasts, arms, flanks, calves, and jowls. Multiple areas can be treated at the same time. Liposuction can be performed along with tummy tuck or breast enhancement surgery if desired.
Are there scars?
Generally, the incisions are so tiny that they become invisible. Many patients cannot even find their scars when asked to point them out.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients compare the discomfort after liposuction to the soreness you feel after a vigorous workout. Narcotic pain medication is provided to all patients; however, many patients find that Tylenol or Motrin is more than adequate.
Do I have to wear a special garment after surgery?
You will need to wear a compression garment for the first three weeks after surgery. The garment is not bulky and can easily be worn under regular clothing.
When can I resume normal activities?
Plan to return to driving and an office job with only a weekend recovery. You may resume exercise at one week post operatively while wearing a supportive garment.
Full and Mini Tummy tucks can often be performed in our Delaware accredited outpatient surgery suite. A tummy tuck will remove extra abdominal skin and flatten bulging abdominal muscles. Even patients who are extremely thin may be candidates for a tummy tuck to remove loose skin and tighten muscles. Liposuction can be performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck to provide a more contoured mid section.
How is a tummy tuck different from liposuction?
Liposuction alone removes excess fat but does not address muscle bulge or loose, damaged skin. A tummy tuck involves removal of excess abdominal skin and in some cases tightening of the abdominal muscles. Excess skin is removed, the area may be liposuctioned and muscles are tightened if needed. Staples are never used in closing a tummy tuck incision.
What type of incision is used?
A standard tummy tuck incision is placed above the pubic hair and extends towards the hip bones near the natural crease at the bottom of the abdomen. If only a small amount of skin is removed, the incision may be limited to just above the pubic hair.
What can I expect immediately postoperatively?
Immediately after surgery you will have 2 drains in place. These are small, egg shaped, soft rubber containers attached to very thin tubes that drain fluid from the surgical site. The drains prevent collection of fluid under the skin and remain in place for 5 -7 days.
You will also be placed in an abdominal binder. This is an elastic garment which will provide light pressure and support to your abdomen. You may take a brief shower the day after surgery.
When can I drive and return to normal activities?
Most patients can drive in about a week after surgery. At this point, you may return to non physically demanding work or activities. You may begin light exercise at about 4 weeks after surgery, keeping in mind that if something hurts, don’t do it. At 6 weeks, you have no limitations on your activity.