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Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Procedure – On Call Episode 5

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a Tummy Tuck, is often the perfect body contouring solution for our cosmetic surgery patients who have loose skin and/or excess abdominal fat in the stomach region. Recently, Dr. Bernacki discussed the Tummy Tuck procedures on an episode of On Call with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Walt Bernacki on 610 WTVN.

Before considering this procedure, Dr. Bernacki discussed the importance of choosing a board certified plastic surgeon with the accurate experience to perform this surgery. Complications during this procedure could be extreme if you are not going to a board certified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, you will be able to discuss all aspects and goals for the procedure.

When Dr. Bernacki sits down with patients to discuss this procedure, he will determine if the candidate is best suited for a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction. If the patient has good skin and elasticity, Liposuction might be the better route and produce better results. Individuals who are younger with tighter skin and do not have large volumes of tissue to be removed, Liposuction would be something to consider.

Four Different types of Tummy Tucks and Ideal Candidates:

  1. Miny Tummy Tuck

An ideal candidate for this level of tummy tuck would be someone who is 5 or 10 pounds overweight, they have done everything they can in regards to diet and exercise and they are looking to get rid of excess skin. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and the recovery time is usually 2-3 weeks. This is the least invasive of the four categories.

  1. Full Tummy Tuck

This allows us to remove the maximum amount of skin from the front part of the abdomen and tighten up the soft tissue from under the breast bone to the belt line. The average amount of weight removed is 5-15 pounds.

  1. Extended

This level is for patients who have a large amount of skin and fat that they want to get rid of. Dr. Bernacki has removed up to 70 lbs. on this level of surgery. This is helpful for patients who are putting a large deal of stress on their heart, organs, joints and hurting their bodies due to large amount of weight.

  1. Belt Lipectomy

This allows us to not only take out a large amount of skin and fat from the abdomen area, but also continue the incision along the waist to the back. This operation takes longer time and the patient has to be repositioned. First, the largest amount of skin and fat is taken out of the abdomen, then they are turned over to finish the procedure.

If you would like to discuss this procedure further, give our office a call today. Listen to the full episode of On Call here.