Body Contouring – Athena Clinic in Honolulu, Hawaii – Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty, a surgical procedure also known as a tummy tuck, is designed to extract excess fat and tissue from the abdominal region. It can be ideal for men who retain excess weight in their mid-sections and women who have undergone multiple pregnancies. Following abdominoplasty, patients can expect a flatter, smoother stomach. At Athena clinic in Honolulu, liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty to remove fat cells as well as flatten the area.
Am I a good candidate for Abdominoplasty?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.
At Athena Clinic in Honolulu, Hawaii, patients considering abdominoplasty can choose either a complete or partial procedure. Full abdominoplasty begins with an incision above the pubic area that extends between the hipbones. Next, the skin is separated from underlying tissue and tightened. The navel is then relocated and stitched into place. Dr. Peterson trims excess skin and sutures the original incisions. Full abdominoplasty takes up to and five hours and is outpatient based.
After the Surgery
Immediately following the procedure, incisions are dressed with bandages. Patients may experience some swelling and discomfort. Dr. Peterson can prescribe medication to alleviate these symptoms. Stitches are usually removed five to ten days following surgery, although deeper sutures may take up to three weeks. The specifics of each procedure, as well as duration of hospitalization and type of anesthesia (general or local), will vary among individuals.
*Recovery time and experiences may vary
To schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck in Honolulu Hawaii, contact Dr. Robert Peterson at the Athena Clinic today, or read on for more information.