About Abdominoplasty Surgery
Trying to flatten your stomach through diet and exercise alone can be frustrating. No matter what you do, the extra fat and lax skin just won’t go away. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) targets the fat, loose skin, and stretched muscles of the abdomen so that you can finally have a flat stomach. Results and patient experience may vary.
Abdominoplasty with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Talal Munasifi addresses three components of abdominal wall deformity to create a smoother and firmer abdomen: (1) loose or wrinkly skin and stretch marks, usually as a result of aging, pregnancy, or significant weight loss; (2) fatty tissue, and (3) muscle weakness and/or separation, which often occurs after pregnancy.
Dr. Munasifi has a host of techniques available to him, and he will choose the ones that are best for your anatomy and the results you want. His training and years of experience allow him to apply both science and art to your surgery. Your friends and family will simply say, “Did you lose weight? You look great!”
Call Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in Arlington, VA to schedule a private consult today to see if this is right for you.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I only have the Best to say about Dr Munasifi. I had a breast augmentation and tummy tuck "mommy makeover", about a year ago and I love my result. Dr Munasifi was very helpful and understanding, I would really recommend anyone for a consult, plus the staff is very knowledgeable too."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Aug 18, 2009
The procedure takes 2 – 4 hours. An incision is made from hip to hip along the lower pubic area (easily hidden by a bikini bottom). The loose skin is lifted off of the abdominal wall, exposing the vertical abdominal muscles, which are stitched into a new position to tighten the muscles. Next, excess skin is stretched and removed. The remaining skin is redraped over the abdominal area and sutured in place. The belly button is reattached proportionally to the new, flatter stomach area.
If necessary, liposuction is also performed to remove fatty tissue. In this case, a small tube called a cannula is inserted into the incisions and attached to a suction device, which removes precise amounts of fat.
After surgery, dressings are applied to your incision sites, and you will be wrapped with compression garments. Small, thin tubes will also be temporarily placed to drain any excess blood or fluids that may accumulate. After some time in our recovery room, you will be able to go home.
What to Expect
Dr. Munasifi cares deeply about your recovery process and will set up several follow-up appointments (free of charge) to monitor your healing. Before you are released to go home, we will also provide you with detailed aftercare instructions for the best recovery possible.
After about 4 – 5 days, the bandages and drains are removed, and the sutures are removed in 1 – 2 weeks. It’s normal to experience some soreness, bruising, tightness, numbness, itching, and swelling for 2 – 3 weeks. We will give you a prescription for pain medication, but many patients find that non-prescription painkillers such as Tylenol are enough. Although strenuous exercise should be avoided for about six weeks, routine walks beginning the day after surgery are recommended. Light physical activity can resume after about four weeks. Scars are hidden within the lower groin where they cannot be seen, and they will become less noticeable after enough time has passed for them to heal. We will also provide specific scar care instructions to speed up the recovery process. You should be able to appreciate your new slimmer profile in just a couple weeks, however, it may take up to six months to see the optimal results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What areas does a tummy tuck treat?
A tummy tuck with Dr. Munasifi can flatten the abdomen and slim love handles. It also improves muscle separation, stretching, or weakness in the abdomen.
How long does a tummy tuck last?
Dr. Munasifi’s tummy tuck techniques are long lasting, but fat and lax skin can recur in the abdominal area. The best way to help your results last longer is to maintain a steady weight. While women can safely become pregnant again after a tummy tuck, we recommend that you wait until you are finished having children before you have this surgery. Otherwise, some of the results could be reversed.
What kind of anesthesia is required for a tummy tuck?
In most cases, general anesthesia is used, and a tummy tuck is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you will be released the same day. However, you will need someone to drive you home or you can take advantage of our car services provided that you have an adult to accompany you. Transportation assistance will include a minimal fee.
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive approach with a smaller incision, best suited for those who have only a limited amount of loose skin or stretch marks in the lower abdomen or above the pubic bone. This approach does not typically involve tightening of the abdominal muscles, but it can also be combined with liposuction for a more defined result. A mini tummy tuck is performed in our outpatient office facility under local anesthesia and sedation, and it takes approximately two hours.
When can I return to work after a tummy tuck?
Most of our patients are able to leave the house the day after their procedure. Many of our patients begin working from home within 4 – 5 days and return to the office within 1 – 2 weeks. If your work is strenuous or involves lifting, you may need 3 – 6 weeks off depending upon the extent of your tummy tuck.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out lower abdomen that creates hanging skin. We know it can be frustrating and challenging — surgery is generally the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having the loose skin in your abdomen, regardless of the severity, surgical body contouring by Dr. Munasifi in Arlington, VA can help you get the look you want. Please contact Advanced Plastic Surgery Center to learn more.