A flat, toned stomach is something that many people desire. Unfortunately, even after following a strict diet and consistent exercise regimen, many men and women still find it difficult to achieve results that satisfy their expectations. To restore an attractive appearance to the abdominal area and improve the self-confidence of his patients, Dr. Conrad performs tummy tuck surgery at his Wichita practice.
Also known as abdominoplasty, this procedure can treat:
- Stubborn fat deposits
- Excess skin
- Stretch marks on the lower abdomen
- Weak abdominal muscles and a weak abdominal wall
Individuals best suited for tummy tuck surgery are in good physical health and do not smoke. Patients should be near their ideal weight and have already tried diet and exercise to improve their midsection. Abdominal restoration entails a spectrum of procedures and techniques from CoolSculpting® to liposuction to excisional procedures or some combination of these. Abdominoplasty candidates generally have excess skin from weight loss or pregnancy. If there is only extra fat, this may be addressed with liposuction techniques or CoolSculpting® (a non-surgical way to melt the fat with minimal downtime). As with any type of procedure, candidates should always have realistic expectations of the outcome of their surgery.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
The entire procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and under general anesthesia to alleviate patient discomfort.
Full Tummy Tuck
Traditional or full tummy tuck surgery is ideal for women with excessive amounts of skin and fat tissue on the abdomen. After incisions are made below the lower abdomen and around the navel, stretched and sagging skin along with excess fat deposits are removed. Once the abdominal muscles are tightened and the remaining skin is redraped, the incisions are closed.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Since only the lower portion of the stomach area is targeted with this technique, a single horizontal incision below the lower abdominal area is used. After the desired amount of excess skin and fat tissue are removed, the remaining skin is contoured to a more attractive appearance. The incisions are closed with sutures.
Once the procedure is complete, the incisions will be bandaged and a compression garment will be placed around the midsection to reduce swelling and bruising. Prescribed medication can be taken to reduce any pain that exists during the first few days. You will likely be able to return to work about a week later, although strenuous exercise and physical activity should be avoided for several weeks.
The final results of a tummy tuck will become apparent as swelling and bruising subside over the coming weeks, after which patients are typically very satisfied with their new look. Most tummy tuck patients develop an improved self-image and a renewed sense of confidence as well.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Matthew Conrad, contact our Kansas practice by calling (316) 681-2227 or by filling out our online contact form today. Dr. Conrad is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a highly respected reputation for performing safe, personalized procedures with superior results. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve the results you desire.