Candidates for the Tummy Tuck in Kansas City
The ideal abdominoplasty candidate will be in overall good health, weigh less than 180 lbs, or be within 15 lbs of ideal, and a nonsmoker. Smoking markedly increases serious complications. Potential patients will understand the tummy tuck procedure and what to expect during the recovery, as well as hold realistic expectations for the final results. Women considering future pregnancies may be encouraged to postpone their tummy tuck, as the associated physical changes can undo the benefits of an abdominoplasty.Patients considering a tummy tuck should begin by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Lamb to discuss their personal situation and aesthetic goals. At this time, the surgeon will perform a comprehensive screening and physical examination. Dr. Lamb encourages patients to write down any questions they may have, bringing these with them to the initial consultation for an in-depth discussion. Dr. Lamb will explain all available abdominoplasty options, as well as any other complimentary procedures. In some cases, Dr. Lamb may recommend an additional technique, such as liposuction
or a breast lift
, to achieve optimal results. Before and after photographs of Dr. Lamb’s most recent abdominoplasty patients will be used to help paint a picture of the potential surgical results. After the discussion and examination, Dr. Lamb will determine if the tummy tuck procedure is right for the patient’s unique situation.
Tummy Tuck Statistics
An abdominoplasty is not only for patients struggling with weight issues. In fact, many patients with a normal body weight can begin to notice lax, excess skin and fat along the abdomen due to pregnancy, age, and genetics. For this reason, along with ever improving surgical techniques, the tummy tuck is fast becoming one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. For an quick snapshot of the technique, take a look at current statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- More than 127,000 abdominoplasties performed in 2015.
- The abdominoplasty was the fifth most frequently performed plastic surgery procedure last year.
- Since 2000, tummy tucks have increased by 104%.
- A Mommy Makeover routinely consists of a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and liposuction.
- RealSelf patient reviews give the tummy tuck a 97% Worth It rating.
Dr. Lamb’s Abdominoplasty Procedure
Dr. Lamb will discuss with you, the condition of your abdominal musculature and what will require correction. The thickness of fat over the trunk will be discussed, and depending upon weight, recommendations for either concomitant liposuction or subsequent fat reduction with lipo or CoolSculpting sessions following your surgical procedure. On average, a tummy tuck will take from two to three hours to perform, under general anesthesia. Post-operative pain management is built into the design of the operation. Patients who have had a previous C-section overwhelmingly report superior comfort following the abdominoplasty over what they experienced with their Ob procedure.The most common abdominoplasty technique will result in a lower transverse incision, slightly above the pubic area, beneath your bikini line, running from hip to hip. Dr. Lamb employs a method of creating the most natural appearing belly buttons. The procedure includes correcting disruption of the abdominal muscles which occurred during pregnancy or weight gain, then tailors the skin to bring the waist in and flatten the tummy. A drain is used for about a week to promote adherence of the lifted tissues to the abdominal wall, and a non-narcotic pain pump is placed which numbs the abdominal wall repair for 3 to 4 days. The patient comfortably recovers at home in a recliner and is ambulatory. Each patient is assigned a nurse who along with Dr. Lamb frequently sees the patient in their recovery. An abdominal binder is placed a the end of the surgery which is changed out to a support garment, once the drain is removed.
Tummy Tuck Gallery
Dr. Lamb’s extensive abdominoplasty gallery provides potential patients with an opportunity to get a better idea about his surgical style, and to see the remarkable tummy tuck results up close. If you are thinking about a tummy tuck, go through the gallery of pictures. To best visualize your own results, focus on the pictures that are most like your individual situation, with a similar body type, comparable ‘complaints’, and with the results that you desire. Additionally, during your consultation with Dr. Lamb, more before and after photographs will be available for review.
Abdominoplasty Recovery and Results
Initially after a tummy tuck procedure, will walked flexed at the hips, but have excellent pain control. Dr. Lamb will prescribe the needed pain medications to control discomfort during the first few days of recovery. A surgical compression garment will also need to be worn for several weeks.Most patients are able to return to work two weeks after surgery, sometimes sooner. However, while patients are walking and moving around in one to two days, straining, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise should be postponed for four to six weeks. By removing the sagging, excess skin and accumulated fatty tissue, patients will immediately enjoy a flatter, firmer abdomen, and a thinner waist. The abdomen will appear much improved quickly, but some swelling will persist for 2 to 3 months. Dr. Lamb will guide you in appropriate activity and exercise that can begin at 6 to 7 weeks post procedure.Dr. Lamb makes every effort to minimize scarring, which can be easily hidden under swim wear or clothing. While the scars will fade somewhat over time, they will remain along the incision lines. Scars will be pinkest between weeks 4 to 16. All gallery photos are taken at approximately 4 months so that the patient can see the worst case scenario for scarring. Scars at one year are minimally perceptible.
Your Expert Tummy Tuck Team
With almost 30 years of experience, Dr. Jerome Lamb offers patients in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Gladstone, Prairie Village, and Merriam with the most sought after abdominoplasty results available today. He has performed hundreds of successful procedures over the years, developing his own, unique techniques that ensure safe and long-lasting tummy tuck results. Dr. Lamb’s team includes the area’s best anesthesiologists, nurses, patient coordinators, and aesthetic professionals.If you would like to get more information on the abdominoplasty procedure with Dr. Lamb, contact Healthylooks Skincare & Laser Spa
at (816) 795-5262. We will be happy to answer your questions and to assist in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Lamb. Talk to your patient coordinator for driving directions or travel assistance, especially if you are coming from outside of the immediate area of Missouri or Kansas.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
What is the abdominoplasty procedure?
The tummy tuck procedure, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical technique developed to eliminate stretched, lax skin, muscle, and fat along the abdomen. Dr. Lamb’s abdominoplasty will smooth the stomach, flattening the area to restore youthful, more pleasing physical appearance.
Am I a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of sagging, excess tissue along your stomach, then you may make a potential candidate for the tummy tuck. Patients should be in overall good health and understand the surgical procedure.
How long is Dr. Lamb’s abdominoplasty operation?
Depending on the technique used and the extent of correction, most tummy tuck procedures will take from two to three hours to complete.
Where will my tummy tuck incisions be placed?
The exact tummy tuck incisions will depend on the technique used. Most often, Dr. Lamb will utilize a lower transverse incision, running just above the pubic bone, from hip to hip.
When can I return to work, school, and exercise after my abdominoplasty?
Most tummy tuck patients are feeling well enough to return to work or class in one to two weeks. Exercise and heavy lifting, however, should be postponed for at least four to six weeks, until the area has finally healed.