Plastic Surgery Tummy Tuck Chicago
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At Casas Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we have helped numerous women and men restore their confidence in the appearance of their midsection by providing them with outstanding results from their tummy tuck procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Laurie Casas can use her surgical skill and experience to give your stomach the tight and toned appearance you want.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
“Tummy tuck”, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can remove excess skin and fat from the upper, middle, and lower abdomen. Whether you also need liposuction, muscle tightening, and relocation of your “belly button” or umbilicus, these details will be decided at your initial consultation. Abdominoplasty can dramatically reduce the excess skin and fat that can occur following pregnancy and dramatic weight loss.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Casas will examine your abdomen. She will assess your skin tone, the degree of loose skin in your abdominal region, the amount of excess fat in your abdomen, and the condition of your abdominal muscles to determine what type of abdominoplasty will best achieve your desired result.
The Mini-Tummy Tuck
Oftentimes, “mini abdominoplasty” or “skin-only abdominoplasty” can be performed on patients whose primary issue is the presence of excess loose skin around the abdominal area. This option can provide outstanding results and the recovery period is shorter. Dr. Casas can let you know if a mini-tummy tuck is the right choice for you after examining your stomach during your consultation.
Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck
Dr. Casas will discuss with you the best method of anesthesia, whether local, general or with an epidural. Dr. Casas will review and educate you if needed on proper nutrition and exercise. She believes that proper diet and exercise are necessary to maintain your results. Dr. Casas believes that these habits need to be in place prior to undertaking a body contouring surgical procedure so that the results will be long-lasting.
Tummy Tuck Overview
Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. If there is loose skin above the navel, the surgeon may make a second incision around the navel. Skin in the shaded area is separated from the abdominal wall.
To tighten the abdominal wall, the surgeon brings loose underlying tissue and muscle together with sutures.
Abdominal skin is pulled downward, and the excess is removed. A small opening is made to bring the navel through.
After surgery, the patient has a flatter, trimmer abdomen. Scars are permanent, but will fade with time.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The day after surgery, Dr. Casas will encourage you to walk around to promote blood circulation. However, she will ask you to avoid straining, bending, and lifting for at least four to eight weeks to help reduce scarring and swelling. Narrow drainage tubes placed to help remove excess fluid and to help reduce swelling will be removed within one to two weeks. Stitches will be removed within two to four weeks. Dr. Casas will ask you to continue to wear a support garment for a few months after surgery to further minimize swelling. Patients are typically able to return to non-strenuous work within one to two weeks. You will be able to enjoy your reshaped abdomen within months as your swelling subsides.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, administered by massage, is used after each procedure to reduce swelling. The number of sessions is individualized. It is important that patients follow a healthy lifestyle leading up to and following procedures, including non-smoking, a healthy diet and daily vitamins. Click here to learn more.
Dr. Casas and her team use Alastin Products with Tripeptides and Hexapeptides to improve and hasten your recovery following procedures. Her research shows that using topical treatment following procedures, there is less postprocedural swelling, pain and discomfort. There is also an overall improved skin quality visually and to the touch. Here at Casas Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we strive to optimize patient experience and satisfaction following procedures. Read her research here…
Topical Treatment with Tripeptide and Hexapeptide Following Body-Contouring Procedures Improved Patient-Reported Recovery Outcomes
Tummy Tuck Cost and Payment Options
The cost of your tummy tuck procedure in Chicago will be based on several factors like the techniques used and the amount of work required to provide you with the results you are in need of. During your consultation at Casas Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, our team can let you know what the cost of your abdominoplasty will be and can go over the payment options we offer.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are struggling with the appearance of your stomach and would like to know if a tummy tuck can provide you with the results you are looking for, contact Casas Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Laurie Casas is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic body procedures. She can provide you with amazing results from your tummy tuck procedure in Chicago.
Read about alternative fat reduction procedures and take a look at our before / after photo galleries, both invasive and non-invasive:
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