Abdominoplasty Questions

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What does an abdominoplasty correct?

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can be used to correct issues including:

  • Excess sagging or droopy abdominal skin
  • Weakened or separated abdominal muscles
  • Excess concentrations of abdominal fat

When performed by experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dean Kleto, an abdominoplasty can provide you with a smooth, toned, and attractive physique. This is particularly true following significant weight loss, pregnancy, or post-bariatric surgery.

Am I an ideal candidate for abdominoplasty?

Candidates for abdominoplasty should be close to their ideal weight, but have excess skin and fat that will not respond to diet and exercise. Women whose abdominal muscles and skin have stretched beyond their ability to heal during pregnancy are often ideal candidates for this procedure. However, abdominoplasty is regularly performed on men and women alike, even on older people who have lost skin elasticity due to genetics and the process of aging.

Candidates for abdominoplasty should be in generally good health. Women who plan on becoming pregnant in the future should avoid abdominoplasty as the stomach muscles and skin can become further impacted.

What is recovery from abdominoplasty like?

Abdominoplasty is a complex and serious surgery. Your recovery will depend on factors such as your natural ability to heal and the extent of your procedure but, as a general rule, full recovery can take several months.

You will need a responsible adult to help you for the first few days following your surgery. During this time, substantial discomfort is common. Dr. Kleto will prescribe pain medications to assist with any discomfort. Surgical drains will be installed at the time of your body contouring procedure. These will be taken out after seven to ten days, at which time some of your normal activities can be resumed.

Work can generally be resumed after two to four weeks, but strenuous exercise will need to wait for at least six weeks. In the meantime, you will be able to engage in mild forms of exercise that will assist in controlling discomfort, and reducing swelling.

Full recovery can take up to six months. This isn’t to say that you will be in pain for that amount of time, but rather that it may take a year for your final results to be apparent. Despite this lengthy recovery period, a majority of abdominoplasty patients state they would gladly have the procedure done again.

Are there any risks with abdominoplasty?

There are risks with any surgery such as excessive bleeding and infection. Risks specific to abdominoplasty include:

  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Unfavorable scarring or poor incision healing
  • Incision separation
  • Skin discoloration
  • Loss of skin sensitivity
  • Deep vein thrombosis

Knox County plastic surgeon, Dr. Kleto is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who takes every precaution necessary to help ensure a safe and rewarding experience. While there is no guarantee against complications, working with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Kleto is always preferable. In addition, following all of Dr. Kleto’s postsurgical advice will be greatly beneficial in helping reduce your risk for serious complications.

To have all of your questions about abdominoplasty answered, please contact Dr. Dean Kleto to schedule an initial tummy tuck consultation today. Dr. Kleto provides tummy tucks for men and women in Knoxville, Sevierville, and all surrounding areas in Knox County, Tennessee.

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