A tummy tuck is one of the most powerful body contouring procedures in plastic surgery. When done well, it can get rid of the excess skin of the abdomen, flanks and can reshape the entire torso. Dr. Egrari is at the forefront of body contouring in the Seattle area, and his extensive experience with all types of body contouring, including our tummy tuck in Seattle procedure, have made Egrari Plastic Surgery Center as one of the premier body contouring clinics in this region.
If you have loose or sagging abdominal skin, due to an abnormal relaxation or split appearance of the muscle structure in the tummy area after multiple pregnancies or weight loss.
If you have been unable to tighten the tummy area with diet and exercise.
If you have stretch marks from previous pregnancies.
If you have unsightly scars from surgical procedures performed in the tummy area.
Additional procedures that may enhance the smoother, firmer abdomen created with our Bellevue tummy tuck are liposuction, a breast lift, a breast augmentation, lower body lift or other body contouring or enhancement procedures.
Although there are several different tummy tuck surgical procedures, they each follow general rules. All procedures will address excess skin in the abdominal area from age, weight loss, pregnancy or genetics. The procedure not only removes excess skin; it will tighten and restore the weakened muscle structure in the tummy area. A mini tummy tuck is less extensive, and treats only excess skin in the lower abdominal area. A float tummy tuck is best used for patients with a high belly button and who have extensive abdominal wall muscle weakness, rather than an abundance of excess skin.
The most common tummy tuck procedure is a full tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck in Seattle removes the excess skin on the lower abdomen, stretches the upper skin down and repositions the belly button. This procedure resolves the issue of weakened muscles in the entire abdomen. If the excess skin extends to the flanks (sides of body), this problem is also resolved in the surgery. In cases of both front and back excess skin and tissue, a central body lift is often the appropriate procedure. The procedure will be chosen based upon the unique condition of the patient.
A Tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure. Dr. Egrari uses the medication Exparel, a long-acting anesthetic injected into the surgical site, for a higher degree of patient comfort. We have a time-proven regimen of tiered pain medications and muscle relaxants to help patients recover in comfort over the first week or so. Most patients no longer need any pain medication after about 10 days following the procedure.
Most patients will need about two weeks off work. For the first week, you will rest and heal at home, and walking is encouraged to aid in blood circulation, including climbing stairs. At four weeks you can ease into a light exercise regime and at 6 weeks you may resume vigorous exercise and activities.
Almost 90% of patients will require repair to the muscle structure in the abdomen in a tummy tuck to help create a smooth contour. Patients report improved function of the abdominal muscles, and often experience relief from back tension and pain due to the strengthening of the muscles in the procedure.
Some hernias may be repaired during the procedure. You will be evaluated in consultation to determine if suitable.
For patient safety and comfort, drains are needed, and will stay in place for seven to ten days.
The most essential element in scarring in a tummy tuck is the position of the incisions placed in the procedure. Dr. Egrari’ s considerable experience means he carefully places the incision very low on the abdomen so it will be covered even by the skimpiest undergarment or swimsuit. The most dynamic and up-to-date suturing techniques are used to reduce any risk of visible scars. We then take the patient through a very detailed post-surgical scar control process that includes taping, silicone sheeting, silicone gel (bioCorneum), and for some patients, an added laser treatment. We help our patients by teaching the procedure for the belly button to soften the perimeter for a more pleasing look.
The belly button is yours, and is repositioned to a more youthful location. Dr. Egrari feels that belly button recreation is an art that requires some understanding of the what is most beautiful in a classic belly button. He carefully creates the attractive slightly-hooded top, oblong shape, and a lower indent. Here are some actual patients.
A tummy tuck may be combined with liposuction of the flanks, breast lift or breast augmentation, and recontouring of the thighs.
Small wound separations are the most common complications. They are treated conservatively and heal well. Other rare complications include infections, bleeding, more visible scars, seroma formation, blood clots (DVT) and the standard risks associated with the use of anesthetics.
It is best to do this operation after you are finished with your childbearing years. However, should you become pregnant after the procedure, it will not create a problem for you.
Depending on the strength of your muscles, the look of tight, athletic-looking abs is often achieved. For some patients, Dr. Egrari carves and etches the central upper indent to produce the look of a more feminine or masculine figure.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons offers additional information on Abdominoplasty and other plastic surgery procedures — https://www.plasticsurgery.org/.
Visit our gallery to view before and after photos of our patients who have undergone this life-changing procedure.