Tummy Tuck Chicago
Dr. Laurie Casas performs “Mini Tummy Tuck” and “Tummy Tuck” surgery, which is also called abdominoplasty, to contour and sculpt the abdominal and flank areas. Depending on the degree of excess skin and fat of the upper, middle and lower abdomen different degrees and variations of traditional tummy tuck surgery often combined with liposuction will be discussed during your in-depth consultation. Dr. Casas will discuss if you are a candidate for your abdominoplasty can safely be performed under local anesthesia. This patients review clarifies the experience.
“Great experience and results with Tummy Tuck under local anesthesia. Dr. Casas is the best! She is interested in your overall health and well-being, not just your surgery. She explains each procedure in depth and will be honest about your outcomes. She views the surgery as a team effort, and it really is!”
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38 y/o desired abdominal contouring following child birth. Because she only had significant lower abdominal laxity, Dr. Casas performed a mini abdominoplasty with liposuction under local anesthesia, to contour the abdomen and flanks. No muscle work was needed because the patient did not have any muscle separation (diastasis rectus)
42 y/o desired upper, middle and lower abdominal wall sculpting and flank contouring. Under local anesthesia, she underwent full Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty Surgery with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flank area. No muscle work was performed because the patient did not have any muscle separation (diastasis rectus).
“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, 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. Often times, “mini abdominoplasty” or “skin-only abdominoplasty” can be performed. Dr. Casas will also discuss with you the best method of anesthesia, whether local, general or epidural anesthesia. 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
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, 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.
Read about alternative fat reduction procedures and take a look at our before / after photo galleries, both invasive and non-invasive:
- CoolSculpting and the CoolSculpting Photo Gallery
- Liposuction and the Liposuction Photo Gallery
- Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and Tummy Tuck Photo Gallery
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