Tummy Tuck Richmond
High-Lateral-Tension Abdominoplasty is a catch phrase recently and new to most people but it is nothing new to Dr. Ferland and Ferland Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ferland prefers to call it her ‘full abdominoplasty’ procedure. It is an abdominoplasty that does not ignore the excess skin laterally on the abdomen. By excising more skin laterally Dr. Ferland can tighten the lateral excess and place the most tension laterally where it serves a better result. This then provides an exceptional appearance to the closure of the central abdomen. Dr. Ferland’s care and attention to details to procedures like this since opening her practice in 1991 has earned her the respect of the operating room nurses who have helped care for her patients.
Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty may be the recommended surgery if you have mild, moderate or severe looseness of the skin of the abdomen. Skin looseness combined with looseness of the abdominal wall muscles (commonly due to pregnancies) is ideally corrected by an abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck not only removes the excess skin, but it also allows for the tightening of the muscles to help give a flatter stomach Often liposuction for fatty hips (lovehandles) can be done at the same time as a tummy tuck.
You should expect to walk a little bent over for the first 1 or 2 weeks after a tummy tuck. There are drains under the skin that allow for any fluid accumulation to be removed. Generally drains are in anywhere from 5 to 14 days. These are easily removed in the office. The improvement in body contour is immediately apparent and continues to improve over the next 6 months. Postoperative discomfort is well controlled with pain pills. Patient satisfaction is extremely high. No smoking is a must in order to minimize skin loss and delayed healing.