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Tummy Tuck

Model - Tummy TuckFor women and men who would like a smoother, flatter midsection, Dr. Craig Colville performs tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) at his Toledo, Ohio, practice. This transformative surgery is the preferred option for removing excess skin and fat, and tightening lax abdominal muscles – characteristics that often result from pregnancy or significant weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery achieves results that cannot be achieved through diet and exercise alone.

If you're interested in learning more about a tummy tuck by Dr. Colville, request a consultation online, or call Dr. Colville's office at (419) 534-6551. He serves patients from Maumee, Bowling Green, and Findlay, OH, and surrounding areas.

Should You Consider a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck is the appropriate procedure when you have more than just fat around your abdomen. Abdominoplasty patients usually present with excess, sagging skin, a protruding belly caused by stretched abdominal muscles, and rolls or bulges of stubborn fat. The appearance may improve somewhat with exercise, but ultimately these conditions require surgical correction.

Tummy tuck surgery repairs weakened or damaged muscles, removes excess skin, and reduces fat in the midsection. This makes it especially popular with women who have had children, because in addition to stretched skin, pregnancy often causes a separation of the abdominal muscles called diastasis recti. Although diastasis recti sometimes resolves on its own, many cases require surgical repair, which slims the waist and flattens the abdomen.

Tummy tuck is also a good option for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight. These men and women are often left with extra skin and abdominal sagging that prevent them from fully enjoying the results of their hard work.

If you have good skin elasticity and your primary concern is fat around the midsection, liposuction may be a better option. Dr. Colville often combines both liposuction and abdominoplasty into a single procedure.

During your consultation, Dr. Colville will evaluate your abdomen and make a recommendation about the right choice for you.

Tummy Tuck for Lower Abdominal Fat

Planning Your Abdominoplasty

While the fundamentals of each abdominoplasty are the same, your surgery will be customized to meet your unique needs.

If you are like most tummy tuck candidates, you will likely benefit from a full tummy tuck. During this procedure, Dr. Colville typically makes an incision on the lower abdomen, extending from hip to hip where it will be hidden beneath underwear or a bikini. In most cases, there is also an incision around the navel. The full tummy tuck allows for muscle repair and fat and skin removal, both above and below the navel.

Tummy Tuck Incision

If your concerns are isolated to the area below the navel, a mini tummy tuck may be appropriate. A mini tummy tuck requires only a shortened horizontal incision along the lower abdomen. If you're unsure of which approach is best for you, Dr. Colville can help you decide during your consultation.

In some cases, women who undergo tummy tuck surgery choose to combine it with breast augmentation or a breast lift in a popular combination surgery called a mommy makeover. Whichever options you choose, Dr. Colville will be sure to inform you of what you can expect from your surgery and recovery.

Your Surgery

To ensure your safety and comfort, Dr. Colville performs abdominoplasty using a general anesthetic. He begins by making the incision low on your abdomen. Depending on your unique surgical plan, he may remove excess fat using liposuction, surgically tighten weakened or separated abdominal muscles, and remove stretched skin, pulling it downward to create a smooth, flat abdominal contour. He may also adjust the navel, if necessary. Once he is satisfied with the shape and symmetry of your abdomen, he closes the incision with sutures. In most cases, he will place at least 1 temporary surgical drain to prevent complications from the buildup of excessive fluid.

Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you'll be able to return home the same day. You'll need a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you as you rest immediately after surgery.

Craig W. Colville, MD, FACS

"My ultimate goal is to design a plan accommodating your wishes and desires in the most aesthetically pleasing manner possible."

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Healing After Surgery

Following your tummy tuck, it's imperative that you give your body plenty of time to recuperate and heal before returning to your routine activities. For most people, this means taking between 10 and 14 days off work.

During this time, it's important to have a family member or friend to help you with certain everyday tasks. You should avoid any activities that require you to reach, bend, stoop, or lift. Therefore, you'll need help with things like housekeeping, cooking, errands, and childcare. Dr. Colville also warns against driving until you're no longer taking prescription pain medication.

In most cases, recuperation after tummy tuck surgery is not particularly painful. You will wear a compression garment to help control swelling, and you will receive detailed instructions about showering, changing bandages, caring for your drains, and taking medications. Your surgical drains are removed after about a week, and Dr. Colville and his team monitor your healing at follow-up appointments. The overwhelming majority of patients say the confidence they feel after a tummy tuck is well worth any discomfort they experience during the recuperation period.

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