Tummy Tuck in Lexington, KY

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Are sit-ups just not giving you the firm tummy you desire? If you live in Lexington, Georgetown, or the surrounding areas of Kentucky and you’ve got a little too much flab or excess skin in your abdomen that won’t diminish with diet or exercise, you may want to consider an abdominoplasty, popularly referred to as a “tummy tuck”, from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William L. Dowden at Dowden Plastic Surgery.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical operation designed to improve the appearance of an abdomen which is protruding and has loose, floppy skin. The procedure removes extra skin and tightens the abdominal area. We recommend it for women who have had multiple pregnancies or have skin that has become stretched due to aging or weight fluctuations. Often times, the abdominal muscles ultimately become resistant to tightening through exercise and diet. With a tummy tuck, we remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen and help restore weakened or separated muscles. Related issues may also be addressed, such as hernias or stretch marks.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

There are many benefits of a tummy tuck, including:

  • Removal of excess abdominal skin as a result of major weight loss. Large folds of excess skin are not only unsightly but can also lead to fungal infection.
  • Elimination of stretch marks by either removal of the affected skin or the tightening of the skin.
  • Creation of a flatter, tighter, more contoured abdomen and narrower waist. This is especially helpful for women whose stomach muscles have changed after pregnancy or individuals who have drooping or sagging skin after weight loss, aging or pregnancy.
  • The increased self-confidence that comes with the enhanced abdominal shape.
  • Lasting results if the patient follows a healthy lifestyle.
  • Removal of belly fat cells to keep your internal organs functioning properly without added toxins, pressure and fatty acids.

Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are women who have muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies, as well as men or women who were obese at one point in their lives and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Prior to surgery, a prospective client will meet with the surgeon, who will perform a complete exam and explain the procedure and available options. A tummy tuck in Lexington, KY takes one to three hours. We perform it in a surgical facility under general anesthesia. To begin, we make a long incision above the pubic area, often running from hip to hip. The skin is then lifted, all the way to the ribs. We pull together the underlying tissue and muscles and remove extra skin. A complete abdominoplasty may require a new opening for the navel, while a partial or mini tummy tuck may just require a small incision and liposuction. Once we reduce the skin, tissue, and muscles, the area is then stitched into a tight, smoothly contoured shape.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

When the surgery is complete, we dress the area and a surgical compression garment applied. Some swelling is normal, and although most women can resume normal activities in a few weeks, full recovery can take three to six months. It is important to avoid nicotine during surgery and recovery with this surgery, since it can cause oxygen deprivation and increase the risk of complications.

For most women, a tummy tuck is a positive experience that enhances appearance and improves self-esteem. Subsequent weight gain or pregnancy can interfere with the effects of the surgery, but in most cases, the long-term results are very satisfactory. Further information on tummy tuck recovery  can be found with our partnering plastic surgeons.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Lexington?

Tummy tuck prices vary from patient to patient, so give us a call today, and a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to assist you. We recommend setting up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dowden, where you can discuss your questions and concerns in a one-on-one setting. We offer financing and accept cash, checks, and major credit cards.

If you want to learn more or have any questions about a tummy tuck, contact us at 859-274-4201. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have and help you schedule a consultation. Dowden Plastic Surgery serves patients throughout Lexington, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas of Kentucky.

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