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Exploring the Traditional and Mini Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that aims to reshape and tighten the abdominal area. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat, as well as the tightening of abdominal muscles. The traditional tummy tuck is the most common type of abdominoplasty in Arkansas, and it is suitable for patients with significant skin and muscle laxity throughout the abdomen.

A mini tummy tuck suits individuals with less extensive skin and muscle laxity, typically limited to the lower abdomen below the belly button. This procedure involves a smaller incision and a shorter recovery than the traditional tummy tuck. It is an excellent option for patients who require less correction and desire a more targeted approach to address specific problem areas in the lower abdomen.

At Écosse Plastic Surgery, we offer traditional and mini tummy tuck procedures to help our patients achieve their desired results. Double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Koonce will work with you to determine the best approach for your unique needs and goals.

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Revel in the Transformative Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Because a tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat, the most significant benefit is a flatter and more toned abdominal appearance. Other benefits include:

  • The procedure involves tightening the abdominal muscles, which can correct muscle separation (diastasis recti) and improve core strength
  • Tummy tucks can significantly enhance the overall body shape, providing a more balanced and proportionate figure
  • Stretch marks located in the lower abdomen may be removed or minimized as a result of skin removal during the procedure
  • With a flatter tummy, patients often find that clothing fits better and feels more comfortable
  • Tummy tucks can be combined with other body contouring surgeries, like liposuction or breast procedures, for a more comprehensive transformation

The Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck has excess or sagging skin in the abdominal area, often caused by significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Candidates with separated abdominal muscles, known as diastasis recti, can also benefit from a tummy tuck to tighten and repair the muscles.

Candidacy factors also include:

  • Candidates should be at a stable weight close to their ideal body weight. Tummy tucks are not a weight-loss solution but are best suited for those seeking to improve their abdominal contour after weight loss or pregnancy.
  • For women, it is generally recommended to undergo a tummy tuck after they have finished having children to ensure the longevity of the results.
  • While a tummy tuck can enhance the abdominal appearance, maintaining results long-term requires a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet.
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The Intricacies of the Tummy Tuck Procedure by Dr. Koonce

Dr. Koonce makes a horizontal incision, usually just above the pubic area, and another around the navel to access the underlying muscles and remove excess skin and fat. In cases where muscle separation (diastasis recti) exists, Dr. Koonce will also repair and tighten the abdominal muscles to create a more toned appearance.

Once the excess tissue is excised and the abdominal muscles are tightened, the remaining skin is carefully re-draped for a smoother contour. The navel is then repositioned to maintain a natural appearance. The incisions are then closed with sutures, and in some cases, surgical drains may be placed to remove excess fluid during the initial healing phase.

Dr. Koonce's Expertise in Tummy Tuck Transformations

Meet the Master of Transformation, Dr. Koonce! With a passion for helping patients achieve their dream bodies, Dr. Koonce is a highly skilled plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellence in the field. Her state-of-the-art office creates a welcoming environment for each patient's journey. Leading a team of experienced and compassionate professionals, Dr. Koonce ensures that every individual receives personalized care and support throughout their tummy tuck journey.

Specializing in tummy tuck procedures, Dr. Koonce offers a comprehensive range of techniques to cater to diverse needs. From addressing loose abdominal skin to tightening underlying muscles, her precision and artistic touch create beautifully contoured results. Patients are thrilled with their transformed abdomens, feeling more confident and empowered. Contact Écosse Plastic Surgery to book a consultation today!

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Ensuring a Smooth Recovery

Immediately after surgery, patients may experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the abdominal area. Dr. Konnce will provide pain medication and antibiotics to manage discomfort and reduce infection risk. During the initial recovery period, patients are advised to rest and avoid strenuous activities, including heavy lifting, for several weeks.

Wearing a compression garment is typically recommended to minimize swelling, support the treated area, and aid skin retraction. Surgical drains may be removed in the first week or two if used during the procedure. Over the weeks following the surgery, most of the swelling and bruising will gradually subside, revealing the initial improvements in the abdominal contour.

However, the final results may take several months to become fully apparent as the body adjusts to its new shape. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Koonce are essential to monitor progress and address any concerns during recovery.

Tummy Tuck FAQ

Will the procedure help me lose weight?

No, a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. While it can remove some excess fat, its primary goal is to create a firmer and more contoured abdominal appearance.

How long is the recovery period?

Recovery time varies for each patient, but most individuals can return to light activities within a few weeks and resume normal activities within several weeks to a few months.

Will there be visible scars after the procedure?

Yes, there will be scars, but Dr. Koonce will make incisions in discreet locations, such as along the bikini line, to minimize their visibility.

Will the results be permanent?

The results of a tummy tuck can be long-lasting, especially with a healthy lifestyle. However, significant weight fluctuations or future pregnancies can impact the outcomes.

When will I see the final results of my tummy tuck?

While initial improvements will be visible as swelling subsides, it may take several months for the body to heal fully and for the final results to become apparent.

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure is performed under anesthesia, so patients do not feel pain during the surgery. However, some discomfort and soreness can be expected during recovery, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication.

How do I prepare for a tummy tuck?

Dr. Koonce will provide specific pre-operative instructions, which may include quitting smoking, adjusting medications, and maintaining a healthy diet to promote optimal healing.

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