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Abdominoplasty Seattle Area

Abdminoplasty & Liposuction

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Surgery Type: Abdminoplasty & Liposuction
After Photos Taken At: 6 weeks
Description: 58-year-old female, 5’2”, 144 lbs. Patient complained about excess skin, stretch marks, and scars from C-sections as well as feeling “thick through the middle.” Her goal was a smoother contour. Treatment was an abdominoplasty with liposuction on her lower and mid back.


Abdominoplasty & Liposuction

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Surgery Type: Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
After Photos Taken At: 10 weeks
Description: 33-year-old female, 5’4”, 145 lbs. Patient presented with complaints of severe stretch marks, and loose skin from 3 pregnancies. Treatment was a full abdominoplasty and flank liposuction.


Mini-Abdominoplasty & Liposuction

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Surgery Type: Mini-Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
After Photos Taken At: 7 weeks
Description: 35-year-old female, 5’6”, 166 lbs. Patient presented after losing 20 lbs. Is very physically active but would like to decrease the size of her lower abdomen, thighs and flanks. She also complains of severe stretch marks on her abdomen and mild stretch marks on her thighs. Treatment was a mini-abdominoplasty and liposuction of inner thighs and flanks. Patient is down 1-2 pant sizes and is enjoying additional weight loss.


Mini-Abdominoplasty & Liposuction

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Surgery Type: Mini-Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
After Photos Taken At: 6 weeks
Description: 59-year-old female, 5’4”, 130 lbs. Patient presented with complaints about her “menopausal abdomen”. Her weight has been stable for many years. Her shape has worsened despite healthy eating and increased exercise. Treatment was a mini-abdominoplasty with liposuction.

*Although the photographic examples displayed here are all women, this procedure is also appropriate for men who have experienced weight loss.

Don’t be fooled by the name “tummy tuck.” Abdominoplasty, is a major surgical procedure and should not be taken lightly. That said, this common procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the underlying muscles, can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. It is especially useful when someone experiences dramatic weight loss or following pregnancy.

Your complaints may include loose skin, stretch marks, excess fat, lax muscles or any combination of these. If your problem area is limited to below the navel, you may require a less complex procedure called a partial or “mini” abdominoplasty, either with or without liposuction. In fact, there are a large number of variations that can be done depending on your specific goals and your starting point. You will have an in-depth conversation with Dr. Burnett to determine what your goals are, and to devise the best surgical option for your particular situation.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Depending on the exact nature of your procedure, tummy-tucks can take anywhere from one to three hours.

In most cases Dr. Burnett will make an incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision will be made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. There may be significantly less scarring if the problem mainly involves muscles and /or fat.

Dr. Burnett will separate the skin and fat from the abdominal wall to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen, if appropriate. The stretched tissue between them is then narrowed with stitches creating a firmer and flatter abdominal wall.

Excess skin is removed and sutures are put in place to maintain the new contour. Because of the size of the incision, there will be significant scarring, though most clothing, including bathing suits, covers this.

RECOVERY

Immediately following surgery, your abdomen will be swollen and you will experience some pain and discomfort that will be controlled with medication.

An infusion pump supplying local anesthetic may also be used and may significantly decrease your need for pain medication. Surface stitches around the navel will be removed in five to seven days. Other sutures will come out in two to three weeks or will be dissolvable. Until then, the stitches are covered with surgical tape so no care is required. You will also have surgical drains for one to two weeks.

How quickly you recuperate will depend partly on how fit you were prior to surgery. If you start out in good physical condition with strong abdominal muscles, your recovery will be much faster. Most people return to work after one week. You will be wearing a supportive girdle-like garment for 4 weeks and will be restricted from lifting during this time.