Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The Problem: Patient has areas of loose skin or fat deposits that are diet and exercise-resistant.
The Goal: Liposuction improves body shape in areas such as chin, neck, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits.
The Procedure: Liposuction uses a tube and vacuum device. This procedure can be performed by using the super wet technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with an epinephrine solution before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. For larger volumes of fat or for fibrous body areas, ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) may be used. UAL is a technique in which an ultrasound probe is inserted beneath the skin to “liquefy” the fat before it is suctioned. Dr. Goodwin also employs Laser-assisted Fat Removal (SmartLipo), which can be performed in the office on appropriate patients.

Surgical Overview
Length: Usually 1-2 hours or more. (UAL takes 20-40 percent longer than traditional liposuction.)
Anesthesia: General (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation. Super wet: temporary fluid drainage from incision sites. UAL: larger incisions for cannula.
Risks: Asymmetry, rippling or bagginess of skin, pigmentation changes, skin injury, fluid retention, excessive fluid loss leading to shock or infection. UAL: Thermal burn injury caused by the heat from the ultrasound device.
Recovery: Back to work in usually one to two days. More strenuous activity can resume in two to four weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising could take one to six months or more. Use of super wet technique or UAL, may decrease post-operative bruising and swelling. A post-operative garment is usually necessary.
Duration of Results: Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise.

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