Tummy Tuck in Milwaukee, WI – Dr. Loewenstein
Abdominoplasty in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Abdominoplasty, performed at our Milwaukee, Wisconsin, practice, removes excess unwanted skin and fat from the abdominal area, which for most is one of the most difficult areas to tone. The procedure is ideal for those who have tried diet and exercise but have failed to lose fat around the midsection. Abdominoplasty can essentially flatten the tummy, eliminate love handles or a pouch, and trim the waist — all in one simple procedure.
Are You a Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?
Dr. Loewenstein evaluates all tummy tuck candidates individually to determine whether the procedure is a good option. Generally, candidates for tummy tuck are individuals who:
- Are frustrated by a flabby, protruding abdomen with excess skin and fat
- Have weakened or separated muscles from pregnancy
- Do not plan to become pregnant after surgery
- Are in good physical and psychological health
- Do not have any uncontrolled medical conditions
- Understand the benefits and potential risks of surgery
- Have a positive outlook
- Can follow all pre- and post-operative instructions
What Can You Expect During a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
During abdominoplasty, frequently requested by our Milwaukee, Wisconsin clientele, Dr. Loewenstein makes a thin incision from one hipbone to the other, forming a flap. Next, he carefully trims away excess fat and skin and tightens the remaining tissue, as well as the abdominal muscles. When the procedure is complete, Dr. Loewenstein replaces the flap and sutures it closed. Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes two to three hours to complete, depending on the tummy tuck patients' individual cases.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck Surgery
For the first few weeks after surgery, the abdomen is sore, swollen and bruised, but these side effects gradually disappear. Range of motion is limited and bending, lifting and straining are restricted. Oral pain medication can be taken as prescribed to alleviate any discomfort. Patients are advised to rest as much as possible, and to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and support the healing tissues. Patients may return to work and their normal activities, including exercise and socializing, upon Dr. Loewenstein's recommendations.
Dr. Loewenstein follows up with his tummy tuck patients several times during their recovery to check the healing incision, remove non-absorbable sutures and answer questions. After the patient has fully recovered, Dr. Loewenstein sees them periodically to monitor their long-term outcomes.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Why do people pursue tummy tuck?
People pursue tummy tuck to address abdominal imperfections due to pregnancy, major weight loss and the natural aging process. One of these problems is loose, saggy skin on the lower abdomen. Over time, the body produces less collagen and elastin, which are proteins critical to healthy, elastic skin. The skin begins to stretch and sag, especially around the lower abdomen. Pregnancy and weight fluctuation complicate the problem, stretching out the skin further. Even after losing weight after pregnancy or with diet, exercise or bariatric surgery, the skin cannot shrink back to a smaller size and hangs off the abdomen.
Another reason why people pursue tummy tuck is to repair separated or damaged abdominal muscles (often a side effect of pregnancy). Diet and exercise cannot improve muscle tone, and surgical treatment is necessary.
Finally, tummy tuck does include a fat reduction component to improve the look of a flabby, protruding belly.
Does tummy tuck surgery hurt?
No, tummy tuck surgery does not hurt. Anesthesia is administered prior to the operation to prevent any pain. After surgery, the abdomen may feel sore, sensitive or numb. Post-operative pain medication can be taken as needed.
How much does tummy tuck cost?
The cost of tummy tuck varies by patient. The best way to determine the cost of tummy tuck is to request a surgical consultation with Dr. Loewenstein, who can provide a personalized price quote.
Will tummy tuck leave a scar?
Any surgical incision leaves scarring. However, the incision for tummy tuck is placed low enough on the abdomen that any scarring can be concealed beneath underwear or a bathing suit bottom. Also, with the proper care, scarring will fade significantly over time.
To schedule a consultation for an abdominoplasty at our Milwaukee, Wisconsin plastic surgery practice, please contact Dr. Loewenstein today.