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What is abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a "tummy tuck," can significantly diminish the visibility of a protruding abdomen, resulting in a more appealing silhouette that eliminates the need for concealing clothing. By removing surplus skin and fat and surgically reinforcing weakened or separated muscles, it's possible to regain a sleek, firm abdomen.

How is tummy tuck surgery performed?

During a tummy tuck in Baltimore, Maryland, 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.

What are the different types of abdominoplasty?

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

During liposuction, the doctor will insert a small tube called a cannula into a tiny incision and then suction out excess fat to trim and sculpt the belly, arms, legs, butt or love handles. Liposuction is an excellent solution for those unsightly bumps and bulges that make clothing fit poorly and lower your self-confidence.

Liposuction is less invasive than a tummy tuck procedure, which requires scarring, anesthesia and lengthier downtime. However, it cannot adequately address cosmetic concerns such as sagging skin, stretch marks or loosened abdominal muscles found in moms and those who have experienced massive weight loss.

A tummy tuck in Baltimore, MD can accomplish the same goals of liposuction while also tightening the six-pack muscles and reducing the excess skin, fat and tissue that interfere with an attractive appearance. With a tummy tuck, the doctor will create an incision spanning from hip to hip. This will allow the surgeon to lift the skin and tighten the abdominal wall. The skin is then re-draped over the belly, and the belly button may be repositioned in a more ideal location.

Dr. Rottman will help to determine which treatment – liposuction or tummy tuck – is best for your unique cosmetic concerns, your anatomy and your aesthetic wishes.

What are the benefits of tummy tuck surgery?

A tummy tuck in Baltimore, Maryland can give you a beautiful, flat, smaller tummy if diet and exercise fail. Dr. Rottman may perform various surgical techniques, depending upon your condition:

  • Removal of excess skin
  • Tightening of underlying muscles
  • Removal of small fatty deposits

A tummy tuck can:

  • Make you feel more confident in your appearance
  • Provide you with an increase in wardrobe choices
  • Create a more youthful physique
  • Offer your long term, natural-looking improvements
  • Be well combined with other body sculpting procedures such as a mommy makeover

The improvements that are achieved with a tummy tuck in Maryland 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.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery. 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.

Clients pursuing surgery should be non-smokers of sound mind and body, with a BMI of 32% or less who have realistic expectations for their results based on their private consultation with Dr. Rottman.

How can I best prepare for abdominoplasty?

A 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 diet 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.

What will recovery entail?

Abdominoplasty is a 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.

It may take several weeks to feel like yourself. Your incisions will flatten and lighten in color after several months. Dr. Rottman places abdominoplasty incisions very low so they can be hidden under most clothing and swimsuits.

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What is the cost of a tummy tuck?

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.

Why Choose Dr. Steven J.Rottman for tummy tuck surgery?

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 in Maryland.

What can I expect during my consultation?

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.

Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck—Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Scar Disappear Over 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.

Do I Have to Have a Drain After a Tummy Tuck?

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.

How Long After a Tummy Tuck Can I Start Exercising Again?

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.

How Do I Determine Whether I Need a Tummy Tuck or Abdominal Liposuction.

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.

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.