Abdominoplasty | Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck Surgery) in Jacksonville by Lewis J. Obi M.D.

Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Surgery Enhance with Your Adult Stem Cells

Learn about Dr. Obi’s Enhanced Tummy Tuck Techniques for Faster Recover with Less Scaring

Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Surgery Enhanced with Adult Stem Cells by Lewis J. Obi in Jacksonville, FloridaAn Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck is clinically known as Abdominoplasty Surgery. Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck is considered a major surgical procedure that patients may choose for the following reasons:

  • Removal of fat and excess skin and stretch marks from the middle and lower abdomen.
  • Tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall
  • Dramatically reducing a protruding abdomen.
  • Removal of a lower abdomen “Apron”.

Because it is such an area of concern, let’s first consider the incision and scaring. If you are considering abdominoplasty, (tummy tuck), be aware that this procedure requires an incision, often from hip to hip, which Dr. Obi consciously makes as low as possible to allow it to be covered by even a bikini. That said, Dr. Obi’s experience, combined with deep suture techniques and the healing power of platelet rich plasma, can result in minimal scaring. Add Laser Scar Removal Treatments and any noticeable scars can be even further reduced.

Enhance Abdominoplasty

Now let’s move on the actual Tummy Tuck procedure. If you’re considering Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck (a tummy tuck), this outline will give you a basic understanding of the surgical procedure, and:

  • When Abdominoplasty can beneficial for a person.
  • The extra steps Dr. Obi performs during Abdominoplasty Surgery.
  • The results you can expect after your Abdominoplasty Surgery.

The information below about Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck won’t answer all of your questions, since each tummy tuck procedure depends greatly on the individual patient. Which is precisely why you should schedule a free consultation with Dr. Obi to discuss your unique needs and desires and how the tummy tuck procedure that Dr. Obi provides could be the perfect option for you.

The Best Candidates For Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck is often sought by people who are excessively obese when in fact, abdominoplasty is not necessarily best suited for this condition. Abdominoplasty is actually best suited for the following reasons:

  • Men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large amount of excess fat, skin and/or stretch marks associated with protuberant abdominal muscles that won’t respond to diet or exercise
  • Women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they cannot return to normal
  • older patients who may have a loss of skin elasticity after significant weight loss
  • Women who do not plan on having more children as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during abdominoplasty can separate again during pregnancy

If a person is excessively obese they would most likely achieve their desired weight loss goals with the newer technology called SlimLipo |LifeSculpt; A minimally invasive Laser Lipo Procedure that melts and tightens the skin. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideas or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Lewis Obi.

All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty and Risk

Thousands of abdominoplasties are performed successfully each year. When done by a qualified plastic surgeon who is trained in body contouring, the results are most often quite positive. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure. These risks are minimized with proper patient selection and performing these procedures in a fully licensed ambulatory surgery center such as Dr. Obi’s Samuel Well SurgiCenter, and when they are performed by a board certified plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist.

Post-operative Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics. And you can minimize the risk of blood clots by moving around as soon after the surgery as possible.

Poor healing, which results in conspicuous scars, may necessitate a second operation. In addition to it’s many dangers, a patient should avoid smoking completely, at least a few weeks before surgery and until they have completely recovered as smoking increases the risk for complications and slows the bodies ability to heal.

You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following Dr. Obi’s instructions before and after your surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.

Planning For Your Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Surgery

In your initial consultation, Dr. Lewis Obi will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully assess your skin tone. Be sure to tell him if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.

Be frank in discussing your expectations of your tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Obi will be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each.

If, for example, your fat deposits are limited to the area below the navel, you may require a less complex procedure called a partial abdominoplasty, also know as a mini-tummy tuck, which can be performed on an outpatient basis. You may, on the other hand, benefit more from partial or complete abdominoplasty done in conjunction with SlimLipo | LifeSculpt liposuction to remove fat deposits from the hips, for a better body contour. Or maybe SlimLipo | LifeSculpt liposuction alone would create the best result. Schedule your plastic surgery consult with Dr. Obi to discuss all your options.

In any case, Dr. Lewis Obi will work with you to recommend the procedure that will most appropriately address your concerns and come closest to producing the desired body contour.

During the consultation, Dr. Obi will also explain the anesthesia he will use, the Samuel Wells SurgiCenter; where the surgery will be performed, and the associated costs for your particular procedure. In most cases, health insurance policies do not cover the cost of abdominoplasty, but you should check your policy to be sure.

Preparing for Your Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Surgery

As you prepare for your tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Lewis Obi will give you specific instructions including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications.

If you smoke, plan to quit at least two weeks before your surgery and not to resume until you have completely recovered after your surgery. Avoid overexposure to the sun before surgery, especially to your abdomen, and do not go on a stringent diet, as both can inhibit your ability to heal. If you develop a cold or infection of any kind, your tummy tuck surgery will most likely be postponed for your own safety.

Whether your surgery is done on an outpatient or inpatient basis, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two after Dr. Obi releases you

The Type of Anesthesia that will be used for your Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Procedure

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. You’ll be asleep through the entire operation. Dr. Obi can answer any questions you have about general anesthesia during your initial consultation.

See the Results of your Tummy Tuck Before Surgery

See your Plastic Surgery Results Before SurgeryAbdominoplasty typically results in a dramatic change to a patient’s appearance, and the VECTRA XT 3D Imaging Platform that Dr. Obi uses in his initial consultation will allow you to see the results of your tummy tuck before you have the procedure done. This amazing system will photograph you from six different angles and create a virtual image if your body. Dr. Obi will then show you how your 3D virtual image of you down to the last freckle will look. You will then adjust with Dr. Obi to achieve your exact goals, and know before surgery, how your will look after surgery and a full recovery. Best of all, this fantastic peek into your future is included as part of your initial consultation with Dr. Obi!

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