What is a tummy tuck?
A well-toned, flat or “6-pack” abdomen is what many people strive for through exercise. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, exercise can’t help remove the excess fat and skin. Plus, if you have a weakened or separated muscle, tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is the only way to manage the problem.
Even if you’re totally fit in other parts of your body, you can still have a protruding abdomen or one that is flabby, loose or lacks support. This can be due to heredity, aging, pregnancy, other surgeries or from significant weight gain and loss.
There are two things to remember with respect to tummy tucks: first, it’s not a substitute for exercise or a weight loss program. Second, the effects of the procedure can be diminished by significant changes in weight. If you’re going to get pregnant, or you’re planning to lose a substantial amount of weight, you should postpone the procedure.
- Your weight is stable
- You have a lot of excess skin and soft tissue along your inner or medial thigh area, and/or your outer thigh
- You have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
- You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
The costs involved in this procedure include facility fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
Sometimes a small, thin drainage tube is placed in the incision to remove any excess fluid or blood.
Once the swelling and bruising goes down, you’ll be able to see the results of the surgery. Recovery generally takes 2 weeks for your initial recover, and then two to three months for a full recovery. During that time, avoid pulling on incisions or putting undue stress and strain on your body.
Dr. Jimerson will prescribe pain medications to keep you comfortable after the procedure. He will also discuss when you can drive and resume normal activities and exercise.
You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your incisions following your surgery.
To achieve more proportionate and smooth body contours and appearance, incisions are often made in the groin area, which then move down and then around the back of the thigh. Dr. Jimerson will then tighten the underlying tissue, and reduce the skin.
If Dr. Jimerson determines the need to improve the contour of the outer thigh, another incision will be made from the groin around the hip. All incisions are made in strategic locations on the body, which helps to hide them with clothing and swimwear. Once the swelling and bruising dissipate, you will be able to see the results of your surgery.
Different dressings or bandages are placed on your incisions, and a compression garment or elastic bandage may be used to minimize your swelling. They also add support to the new body contours during the healing process. Dr. Jimerson may place small, thin drainage tubes in the incisions to remove excess blood or fluid from the surgery. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your incisions following your surgery.
Recovery generally takes 2 weeks for your initial recover, and then two to three months for a full recovery. During that time, avoid pulling on incisions or putting undue stress and strain on your body.
- Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Scarring •Poor wound healing • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) • Deep fatty tissue necrosis • Major wound separation • Numbness or skin sensation changes • Persistent pain • Possible need to revise the surgery • Problems with sutures that may require removal
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Avoid taking medications that can increase bleeding, like aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and various herbal supplements;
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results.
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.
Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
Medial thigh lift: A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the inner thigh.
Outer thigh lift: A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the outer and mid-thigh.
Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.