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Tumescent Tummy Tuck

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Would you like to have excess fat removed from your belly area? Do you also need to have your abdominal muscles tightened? Tumescent tummy tuck is a procedure that combines liposuction with tummy tuck technology to make it possible for patients to have the figure that they truly desire. The combination of these two procedures often lowers the overall cost of the procedure, reduces hospital stays, and diminishes bruising, swelling, and recovery time.

Tumescent tummy tuck can be performed as a tumescent complete or a tumescent mini-tummy tuck surgery depending on the situation. A complete tumescent tummy tuck procedure is more extensive than a mini-tummy tuck procedure, requiring bigger incisions and more recovery time. Your doctor will be able to recommend the type of tumescent tummy tuck that’s right for you.

 
Tumescent fluid is injected into the abdomen, which numbs the patient. Liposuction is then performed on adjoining areas, if needed, and then on the abdomen, removing excess fat. Complete tummy tuck then begins with an incision that spans the abdomen and extends to the front of the hips. Skin is separated from the underlying tissue from the incision line to the upper rib cage. The skin flap is lifted, exposing the abdominal muscles. With the skin flap lifted, the surgeon removes any remaining excess fat. The abdominal muscles are pulled tightly together and sutured in place, forming a stronger abdominal wall and a thinner waistline. Excess skin is pulled down and removed, including the former navel opening. A new navel is formed and attached to the umbilicus. The incisions are sutured or closed with steri-strips.
Complete Tumescent Tummy Tuck

 

 
Like the Complete procedure, the tumescent fluid is injected into the abdominal area. After this a Liposuction is then performed on key areas to remove unwanted fat. Mini tummy tuck then begins with an incision that extends just above and beyond the pubic bone. In this case skin is separated only to the navel. The lower abdominal muscles are exposed by lifting the skin flap. Remaining excess fat is then removed. In some case, the abdominal muscles are pulled tightly together and sutured in place, to shape a stronger abdominal area and thinner waistline. Excess skin is pulled down and removed. The incisions are sutured or closed with steri-strips.
Mini Tumescent Tummy Tuck

 

Who is the ideal candidate for a tumescent tummy tuck?

Non-smokers are best suited for a tumescent tummy tuck and individuals who are in relatively good general health. A buildup of fatty tissue around the abdomen can be targeted with liposuction during the procedure. Loose abdominal skin that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise can be then be removed to really get a toned and sculpted look.

The tumescent tummy tuck procedure is more cost effective than a complete or extended tummy tuck and often requires less recovery time. In some instances, patients can opt to have the procedure done in an outpatient setting rather than spending several days in the hospital. If you would prefer to cut back on recovery time and costs and have the procedure completed in an outpatient setting, talk with your doctor about tumescent tummy tuck to see if it is an option for you.

Surgical Procedure for a Tumescent Tummy Tuck

Tumescent tummy tuck surgery can be completed in one hour to two and a half hours. First, patients are anesthetized using a special tumescent fluid of lidocaine and epinephrine that constricts blood vessels. Ringer’s solution, which is also part of the tumescent solution, provides a vehicle for other elements of the procedure.

After the tumescent fluid is administered, the liposuction is performed. A complete tummy tuck or a mini-tummy tuck (depending on your circumstances) is then completed to provide the patient with a more toned look and stronger abdominal muscles.
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