If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, it can be hard to know if you're a good candidate. A tummy tuck combined with liposuction can turn back the clock to flatten your tummy, get rid of excess skin, and contour your waistline.
Click "Read More" to see our VIDEO and to learn the benefits of a tummy tuck procedure and how best to prepare.
What is a tummy tuck and how does it work?
A tummy tuck is a procedure that rejuvenates not only your tummy, but shapes and sculpts your entire waistline. A tummy tuck, performed by Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Austin Hayes, is typically also combined with liposuction.
Dr. Hayes starts by using power assisted liposuction to remove stubborn fat from your waistline and love handle area. This creates an hourglass shape with a beautiful S-curve that travels from your back through your waist, love handles, buttocks and thighs.
Next an incision is placed low in the bikini line. This incision is kept very low so that it is hidden by underwear and a bathing suit bottom. Through this incision Dr. Hayes removes excess skin and performs a muscle repair. The muscle repair flattens your tummy and helps narrow your waistline. It's similar to wearing an internal corset 24/7. Think waist trainer on the inside. The skin removal removes uneven skin and can eliminate stretch marks on the lower part of your tummy. When closing, Dr. Hayes uses a special suturing technique called progressive tension sutures (PTS). These sutures remove tension from the incision, which helps give the best scar possible. These sutures also help the drain tubes come out more quickly.
How should I prepare for my tummy tuck procedure?
To prepare for a tummy tuck it's important that you reach your goal weight. Liposuction and tummy tuck procedures have the best results when you've reached a long-term stable weight. For women, it's best if your done having children, although it is safe to have children after a tummy tuck procedure.
What's the recovery like after a tummy tuck procedure?
Most patients will return to work after two weeks. Your pain is controlled with pain medication. You'll start increasing your activities after two weeks, but should avoid working out, or vigorous activities, for the first six weeks. After six weeks, you'll have no restrictions.
How do I find the best tummy tuck surgeon in Portland?
When considering a tummy tuck procedure it's important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon. Make sure you find a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery procedures, and someone who will take the time to listen to your goals. You should feel that your surgeon has fully explained the procedure so that you can decide if a tummy tuck is right for you.
To schedule an appointment please contact our office.
Dr. Austin Hayes is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with offices in Portland, Seattle, and Hood River.