Have you tried time and again to achieve a toned midsection by eating a nutritious diet and exercising diligently, but have not had any success? Are you bothered by loose, drooping abdominal skin that you cannot get rid of no matter how many crunches and core exercises you do? Or, perhaps you are a woman who longs for the flat, toned tummy you used to have when you were younger – before you had children.
If you identify with any of the sentiments above, Dr. Leila Kasrai would like you to know that these aesthetic issues might not be your fault. Often, outside factors including the aging process, hereditary traits, major weight loss or pregnancy can wreak havoc on the midsection.
As time passes, the body gradually stops producing collagen and elastin, two proteins that are fundamental for healthy skin. Without an ample supply of these proteins, the abdominal skin loses its elasticity, so it is not able to "bounce back" to a smaller size or shape following substantial weight loss or pregnancy. In addition, pregnancy can cause abdominal muscles to separate or to become severely weakened.
Although this information may sound bleak, the encouraging news is that Dr. Kasrai performs abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck" surgery, to correct these cosmetic concerns. With tummy tuck, she eliminates unsightly sagging abdominal skin and repairs separated stomach muscles, so you can take back the toned tummy you used to have!
Prior to the start of tummy tuck surgery, a board-certified anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia, so you do not feel anything and are completely comfortable throughout the entire duration of surgery. Tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that takes Dr. Kasrai about three hours to perform, depending on the complexity of each patient's situation. For example, tummy tuck takes longer if Dr. Kasrai needs to perform liposuction to remove surplus fat in addition to excising excess skin and repairing the abdominal muscles.
If liposuction is required to remove unwanted fat from the abdominal area, Dr. Kasrai usually performs this step first.
The tummy tuck surgeon then creates a horizontal incision across the pubic area, extending from one hipbone to the other. Tummy tuck surgery does require a substantial incision; however, Dr. Kasrai is a highly skilled plastic surgeon who positions the needed incision in a region that can be easily covered by the underwear or bikini line.
The body contouring surgeon separates the tissues from the underlying musculature then continues the procedure by repairing the abdominal muscles. To do so, she places internal stitches in the stomach muscles, which run vertically from the pubic bone to the ribs. These strategically placed sutures hold the restored abdominal muscles in a tightened position, resulting in a firmer, flatter abdominal contour following surgery.
After Dr. Kasrai rejoins the muscles and tissues (often with the use of additional internal stitches), she eliminates the loose excess skin before pulling the remaining skin taut. She adjusts the location of the navel so it is aligned with the new, svelte abdominal contour. Finally, Dr. Kasrai closes the incision with stitches before dressing the treated area with bandages and possibly a compression garment for added support. If a compression garment is present, you are required to continue wearing it until Dr. Kasrai advises otherwise.
Although many surgeons place drainage tubes in the treated area to alleviate any postsurgical fluid accumulation underneath the skin, you will be happy to know that Dr. Kasrai does not usually use drainage tubes. Because she uses a series of internal sutures to hold the remaining tissues in place before closing the incision, she is able to reduce much of the empty space where fluid tends to accumulate after surgery. With very little or no empty space, there is generally no need for pesky, uncomfortable drainage tubes.
Once the effects of the anesthesia have worn off, you are discharged into the care of an authorized individual. This person or another responsible adult should stay with you the initial night following tummy tuck surgery.
You will need to arrange to take about two weeks off from work or your everyday activities. During this time, you should rest while your body heals. Avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities. On the other hand, you should take several short walks around the house each day to help prevent blood clots from developing in the legs. You may need help from someone to get around in the first day or two after tummy tuck surgery.
The treated area may be numb, tender or sore, but you can take oral pain medication as directed by Dr. Kasrai to relieve any postoperative pain or discomfort. Any stitches in the treated area will be removed about two weeks after surgery at one of your follow-up appointments. You can gradually resume your normal routine, including your exercise regimen, as advised by Dr. Kasrai.
Although surgical complications are uncommon, you can do your part to minimize any inherent surgical risks by following all Dr. Kasrai's pre- and post-operative care instructions closely. This includes avoiding smoking for several weeks prior to and following surgery, because smoking inhibits proper healing.
You will notice a flatter abdominal profile immediately after surgery. However, the aesthetic results of tummy tuck surgery will continue to improve over the course of about six months, as your body heals and swelling subsides. In fact, once the area is healed, you may be pleased to discover the look of "six-pack abs."
Your incision scar will appear pink or red at first. As time passes, with proper care, the scar will fade to the color of your skin, making it dramatically less noticeable. Dr. Kasrai will provide specific instructions about how to care for your scar to minimize visibility in the long run.
Perhaps you had given up on your dream of ever having a firm, flat midsection or the appearance of a "six pack" – until now. By undergoing tummy tuck with Dr. Kasrai, you can have a svelte abdominal contour. You can reclaim the midsection you had before your weight drastically fluctuated or you became pregnant or you simply experienced the negative effects of aging.
Nonetheless, you cannot achieve a tighter, leaner abdomen unless you take action. Now is the time to contact Dr. Kasrai to learn more about tummy tuck. Why postpone your journey to achieving "six-pack abs" when you can take the first step (scheduling a consultation appointment) right now?
To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Kasrai to learn more about tummy tuck surgery, please contact her practice by calling (416) 323-3532 now.