Abdominoplasty, or more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a commonly performed, safe outpatient plastic surgery procedure. Dr. Frank Isik is a board certified Seattle plastic surgeon who has practiced tummy tuck surgery in Seattle for more than a decade. Dr. Isik is also honored as a top doctor by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.
A tummy tuck is designed to give you a slimmer abdomen and improve your form. This operation is often combined with liposuction to remove the excess skin as well as the localized fat deposits from the mid and lower abdomen and the hip area. In addition, a tummy tuck tightens the muscles in your belly. This helps to restore the anatomy that existed prior to changes after pregnancy or weight loss. The end result after tummy tuck surgery is that you will look much trimmer.
When the skin and fat is not excessive, a short scar version called a mini-abdominoplasty, or a mini tummy tuck, may be an alternative. The mini tummy tuck with liposuction works best for women in their early to late thirties. The scars with a mini-tummy tuck are shorter. Finally, for patients that have little to no excess skin and good skin elasticity, liposuction alone can be used to improve your abdominal contour.
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck or body contouring are women or men who are in relatively good shape, but are bothered by the excess abdominal fat or loose skin that won’t respond to continued dieting and exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful for women who have had past pregnancies. Pregnancy distends the muscles of your belly apart and unless the muscles are tightened, you will not be able to restore a trim profile to your belly. Tummy tuck surgery is also very helpful if you had a gastric bypass or similar weight loss surgery performed and your weight loss has stabilized.
Before and After Photos
The muscles in the above figure show a relaxation that occurs after pregnancy. The tummy tuck will tighten the muscles together to give you a trimmer look. The sutures are not visible and muscle function is not affected.
These figures show the incisions and the final scar (shown in red) that will result from the tummy tuck.
About the Procedure
The surgery is performed as outpatient surgery, meaning you go home the same day of your operation. We use a “pain pump” that continuously delivers anesthetic solution directly into the incision via a very small catheter for several days, making the operation and recovery even less painful for you. You will go home with a drain that will stay in for 1 week, but varies depending upon the amount of drainage. Finally, you will be given compressive garments to wear for 6 weeks after your operation.
This surgery does result in lower belly scars, but the scars will fade with time. In healthy non-smoking patients, the chance of developing complications after a tummy tuck is very low. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone their surgery until they are closer to their desired weight.
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You are welcome to a consultation at our Seattle office to see additional patient photos and learn about the cost of Seattle tummy tuck surgery. We perform outpatient surgery for patients from Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and the greater Western Washington area. For patients from Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska we coordinate reduced rate accommodations at several high-quality hotels that are within walking distance of our plastic surgery center and downtown Seattle.