One of the most popular cosmetic procedures is abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty removes excess abdominal skin and fat, tightening, contouring and flattening the abdomen for a more attractive and physically fit appearance. The abdominoplasty procedure incorporates three components: removal of excess skin, liposuction of the abdomen, flanks and waist, and tightening of the abdominal muscle which has been stretched as a result of pregnancy in most cases.
Dr. Hartog has made numerous advances in the abdominoplasty procedure to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Prior to tightening the abdominal muscles, Dr. Hartog injects a long acting local anaesthetic called Exparel® into the tissues covering the muscles. This provides extended pain relief for up to 3 or 4 days, and cuts down the need for stronger pain medications. In addition Dr. Hartog uses a surgical adhesive called TissueGlu® that bonds the layers together as the skin is pulled tight. Using TissueGlu® eliminates the need for drains, which is one of the main things that abdominoplasty patients complain about. This also results in a much more rapid recovery and better scars, and eliminates the risk of drain associated infections. Combining long acting Exparel® with TissueGlu® allows patients to return to normal activities much more quickly.
When a tummy tuck is combined with a breast augmentation or lift, this is know as the Mommy makeover procedure.
Your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Hartog is your best opportunity to find out all you can about the abdominoplasty procedure, your recovery and how abdominoplasty can change your life. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are non-smokers in good physical and emotional health, leading active lifestyles but feeling embarrassed or held back by abdominal fat that is unresponsive to diet and exercise.
“On my 50th birthday I treated myself to a tummy tuck and I am very pleased with the results. It is one of the nicest things I have ever done for myself. All of my clothes fit better and I am happy about my appearance for the first time in years. I feel great and my husband says I look wonderful! Thanks, I feel like a new person.”
– Madeline R .
Patients seeking abdominoplasty often complain of:
- Excess skin in the mid-to-lower abdomen
- Large fatty deposits in the lower abdomen
- Generalized abdominal wall bulging
- Hanging lower abdominal skin and fat
- Chronic skin rashes
Excess abdominal fat and skin can be unresponsive to diet and exercise and can result from:
- Substantial weight loss
- Prior surgery
Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
During your private consultation, Dr. Hartog will:
- Evaluate your health, lifestyle and desired outcome
- Take photographs for your medical records
- Talk about your options
- Discuss any risks of your procedure
Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jeffrey Hartog is one of the best decisions you can make. He has many years of additional training and experience, so you can feel confident of the outcome of your procedure and your long-term results.
The tummy tuck procedure is not a weight loss strategy or a suitable substitute for an appropriate exercise program. Although tummy tuck results are long-lasting, significant weight fluctuations can stretch skin and add excess fat to other areas, thus undoing your beautiful new figure.
From The Bougainvillea Clinique in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Hartog and his dedicated staff work closely with you for a satisfying experience from beginning to end. Using the most modern cosmetic techniques, Dr. Hartog routinely creates the allure of ageless beauty in our luxurious office environment, supported by a dedicated, caring staff of knowledgeable professionals. Please contact us today to schedule your private tummy tuck / abdominoplasty consultation.