Tummy Tuck Baltimore: The Plastic Surgery Center Of Maryland

Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. The tummy tuck procedure serves to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal region as well as repair weakened or separated abdominal muscles. The goal result is a flatter, toned, and smooth abdominal area.

Often, a tummy tuck is chosen by patients after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight. In addition, patients may see loose skin or bulge because of the natural aging process, genetics, or the result of surgery.

The Plastic Surgery Center in Baltimore offers abdominoplasty procedures to create a firm and flat tummy you’ll be proud to show off!

Many struggles with trying to achieve a flatter, well-toned tummy. When diet and exercise just don’t work, you may want to consider a tummy tuck. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves removing excess fat and skin, and in most cases restoring weakened or separated muscles. The goal is to create a profile that is smoother and firmer.

A tummy tuck is helpful for people who:

  • Have been unable to decrease abdominal fat through exercise
  • Have excess skin, flab, or stretch marks due to pregnancy or weight loss
  • And more

If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon in the Maryland area, Dr. Rosenberg is ready to make you feel confident about your midsection. To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure or other body contouring options, contact Dr. Rosenberg today to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

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Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a very personal decision, meaning that patients should only choose to undergo the surgery for themselves. In addition, it is important to be generally healthy before pursuing the procedure, which includes being at a stable weight and a nonsmoker. You should have realistic expectations for the procedure and able to clearly communicate your goals with your plastic surgeon. Dr. Rosenberg will determine your candidacy after a thorough consultation.

What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves removing excess fat and skin, and in most cases restoring weakened or separated muscles. By removing excess fat and skin and tightening the stomach muscles, a tummy tuck can be used to create a flatter waist line, improving the appearance and increasing self-confidence.

Abdominoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Temporary side effects may include pain, swelling, bruising, and numbness. The likelihood of scarring and other risks varies from individual to individual and should be discussed with your doctor. Most patients are able to return to work and light activities in two weeks or less.

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Mini Tummy Tucks

If you’re considering abdominoplasty, you might be wondering what the difference is between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck.

In most cases, a mini tummy tuck is only performed on the section of the abdomen below the belly button. In a mini tummy tuck, the goal is to tighten only the lower abdomen.

Whether or not a mini tummy tuck will help you achieve your desired results will depend upon the amount of excess skin and fat present prior to surgery. Our plastic surgeon can help you decide whether a mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck will serve you best.

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Tummy Tuck with Liposuction

In addition to determining whether a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is necessary, our plastic surgeon can also recommend tummy tuck procedures with liposuction or lower body lifts for maximum results. Because each person’s anatomy and goals are different, meeting with a plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck consultation is always recommended.

What an Abdominoplasty Cannot Do

While a tummy tuck is a highly effective procedure in creating a slimmer, more toned appearance, there are some expectations for the procedure which are not realistic.

Patients should note that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. If you are at an unstable or unhealthy weight, it is important to adopt a healthy diet and exercise routine and reach a healthy weight before choosing a tummy tuck or other cosmetic procedure.

In addition, while the results of a tummy tuck are considered permanent, you can damage your skin further due to future weight fluctuations or pregnancies.

Finally, a tummy tuck will not necessarily treat all the stretch marks. However, the procedure does remove excess skin, so any stretch marks which appear on the skin that is excised are removed. Patients should understand that stretch marks above the belly button will remain after the procedure.

What Should I Expect During a Consultation for a Tummy Tuck?

Your tummy tuck consultation is your opportunity to discuss your goals for the procedure and ask any questions that you have. Your surgeon will also examine the treatment area and evaluate your health history to determine whether you are a good candidate for the surgery. You should be prepared to discuss any previous surgeries, medications, or allergies during this appointment. Your surgeon will likely take photographs of the treatment area, discuss your options, and explain the results that you can expect from a tummy tuck.

What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about tummy tuck surgery?

Before your tummy tuck, you may ask any questions you have about the procedure and recovery period during a consultation appointment. Some common questions include:

  • What training, experience, or certifications do you have?
  • Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck? Why or why not?
  • Where will my tummy tuck be performed?
  • What can I expect during recovery?
  • What reasonable expectations can I have for my results?

What Should I Expect During My Tummy Tuck Recovery?

After your tummy tuck, the most common symptoms are swelling, redness, bruising, and some discomfort. You will be required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling, and will likely have drains in place as well. You can take prescription and/or over-the-counter pain medication to maintain your comfort during the early days of the recovery process. Most patients require 1-2 weeks of downtime after a tummy tuck before they are ready to return to work and other non-strenuous activities. Your surgeon will monitor your healing during post-operative appointments and advise when you can safely return to exercise routines or other activities.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Maryland

At The Plastic Surgery Center in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Rosenberg can help you determine if abdominoplasty is the best option based on your personal goals. His expertise in abdominoplasty ensures the location and positioning of each incision is carefully pre-planned—minimizing the visibility of surgical scars and giving you superior results.

We invite you to learn more about abdominoplasty or any of the body contouring procedures performed at our plastic surgery center in Baltimore, Maryland. Contact us using the form on this page or call us at 410-324-3071 today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Rosenberg.

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