A tummy tuck procedure (also referred to as abdominoplasty) is one of the most commonly requested body contouring procedures performed today. With the advancements that have been made, Dr. Prichard is capable of providing his patients with drastically noticeable enhancements in the overall shape and contours of one’s waist and abdomen. A tummy tuck also helps to erase any stretch marks, which helps in creating a youthful, flawless midriff.
Benefits of a tummy tuck
There are areas of the body that unfortunately do not adjust or change with diet and exercise--as an example, overstretched skin as a result of significant weight loss or pregnancy. What’s more, stretched abdominal muscles after weight loss or pregnancy are not likely to see improvement, regardless of your well-intentioned efforts. Dr. Prichard uses tummy tuck surgery to help his patients recover their shape. These methods listed below are part of what makes up a tummy tuck procedure:
- Removing excess skin and fat
- Tightening the abdominal muscles
- Reconstructing the shape and appearance of the belly button
Patients may choose to have a tummy tuck procedure performed exclusively, or they can decide to undergo a tummy tuck in conjunction with other procedures such as breast augmentation for a more complete rejuvenation. The goal is for you to regain that sense of poise with regard to your stomach and overall physical appearance. By considering your overall appearance and proportions, Dr. Prichard produces some of the best tummy tucks Scottsdale has to offer.
About the procedure
Generally, a tummy tuck procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery using IV sedation or general anesthesia. This is delivered under the care of a board-certified anesthesiologist. A standard tummy tuck surgery takes approximately 3 hours to complete. It will of course be longer if the tummy tuck is an element of a mommy makeover procedure.
Dr. Prichard has a wide range of experience in all tummy tuck and abdominal contouring procedures. From the mini tummy tuck to the circumferential lower body lift, the correct procedure for each individual is thoughtfully analyzed and customized to the patient’s body, ensuring optimal reshaping and results.
Tummy tuck recovery
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will return home with your abdomen securely wrapped in an abdominal binder to minimize swelling. This binder must be consistently worn for the first several weeks. Most patients are sent home with surgical drains to empty fluid from the surgical area. Your surgeon will remove these drains several days after surgery at your follow-up appointment.
Recovery after a tummy tuck can vary depending on the type of procedure performed. Typically, tummy tuck patients should expect to take a week away from work for recovery. Resuming light activity as soon as possible will help in facilitating the healing process. Notwithstanding, you should avoid any arduous activity along with any heavy lifting for about 6 weeks.
During your consultation
During your consultation, you will be able to discuss your particular needs and requirements regarding physical enhancement with Dr. Prichard. It is encouraged that at this time you bring up any questions or concerns you may have, so come your surgery day, you are as relaxed as possible. Together, you and Dr. Prichard will come up with a surgical treatment plan that best fits your needs. By ensuring his patients are fully educated regarding their upcoming procedure, Dr. Prichard delivers among the best tummy tucks Phoenix can provide.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’d like to learn more about your options for tummy tucks in Phoenix and Scottsdale, request a consultation online. Or if you prefer, you are more than welcome to call the office directly, and one of our staff members can assist you.