Pregnancy and excess weight stress the skin and muscles of your abdomen. Over time, the abdomen often loses its tight, healthy appearance. This problem cannot be resolved with diet and exercise, and even those who are generally healthy and fit can be plagued by excess fat and loose skin on the abdomen. The result leaves you looking older, out of shape, and less attractive.
The Maryland tummy tuck procedure is customized to address the underlying issues, including excess skin, fat, and muscle laxity. Look to double board certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Rottman if you are considering undergoing tummy tuck surgery as he specializes in body contouring surgery.
A tummy tuck in Baltimore can give you a beautiful, flat, smaller tummy if diet and exercise fail. Dr. Rottman may perform various surgical techniques, depending upon your condition:
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, creating a more attractive profile that you will not need to hide behind loose clothing. A smooth, taut, firm abdomen can be restored through the removal of excess skin and fat and by surgically tightening weakened or separated muscles. Good candidates for abdominoplasty are men and women who are in relatively good shape, but are bothered by fatty deposits on the abdomen, excess or hanging skin, love handles, all of which do not respond to diet and exercise.
The improvements that are achieved with a tummy tuck by Dr. Rottman are simply remarkable. The abdominal area, after healing, will appear flat and toned. If you would like to see real results of a tummy tuck at Rottman Plastic Surgery, look at the images of our patients who have had a tummy tuck in our photo gallery.View Gallery
During our Maryland tummy tuck, Dr. Rottman repairs the weakened or separated abdominal muscles to strengthen the abdominal wall. Excess skin and fat are also removed so that any drooping or sagging is resolved. Some patients will only need a “mini-abdominoplasty,” or “mini tummy tuck.” This is a less invasive surgery, requiring smaller incisions, with a shorter recovery time.
Initially, scarring will be noticeable as the color is usually a dark red. Over time, around six months or longer, the scars should fade to a pale color making them less visible.
You can expect to have a drain. Although a drain may not feel convenient, it is necessary to keep fluid from accumulating post-surgery. Drains also help to prevent seromas (a pocket of clear fluid) from forming.
It is important to get up and move within a day or two. Around four to six weeks, patients start to feel better as the soreness fades. At this time, you could start to ease back into exercising again.
Deciding on whether to pursue a tummy tuck or abdominal liposuction will depend on how much excess skin you have. A tummy tuck can remove the excess skin, where with liposuction it will need to conform to your new shape.
Our Baltimore tummy tuck requires that you be no more than 25 pounds over your ideal body weight. If you do not meet this requirement, we recommend you continue to eat and exercise until you lose more weight. Certain medical conditions and desire to have children in the future could mean this procedure is not appropriate for you at this time.
Abdominoplasty is major surgery and requires adequate recovery time. For the first few days, you will experience swelling in the area and discomfort, which we help you control with pain medication and muscle relaxers. Although you may not be able to stand completely upright until your muscles have healed, walking during the initial stages of recovery aids in healing, and is advised.
Very light exercise, such as walking, can help make you feel better and expedite your recovery. It may take several weeks to feel like yourself. Your incisions will flatten lighten in color after several months. Dr. Rottman places abdominoplasty incisions very low so they can be hidden under most clothing and swimsuits.
A tummy tuck is a customized surgery, based on the condition of the patient, so the cost varies. Please visit our financing page to find out about the option of using CareCredit® or AlphaeonCredit® if you are interested.
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery. If you have worked hard to stay at a healthy weight, and exercise frequently, and meet the other qualifications, tummy tuck surgery may be the answer for a bulging, unsightly, or droopy tummy zone.
Having realistic expectations about what to expect from a tummy tuck is important. Dr. Rottman takes all the time needed to answer all your questions and concerns, and explain what to expect with regard to the outcome of the procedure, even if this means determining that the surgery is not right for you. His patience, understanding, and direct communication style, along with his impressive credentials and experience, have resulted in his stellar reputation in performing cosmetic and reconstructive treatments and arguably the best tummy tuck Maryland has to offer.
A private exam will allow Dr. Rottman to determine if a tummy tuck is right for you. Your personal consultation will involve discussing your overall health, including diet, exercise, and what you hope to achieve with the surgery.
Dr. Steven Rottman is a respected, accomplished plastic and reconstructive surgeon, recognized for his surgical talent, and his ability to create exceptionally natural-looking results.
A tummy tuck is a custom surgery, as each patient is unique. Both traditional and advanced surgical techniques may be used in performing an abdominoplasty, based upon condition.
Please contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Rottman.
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