Tummy Tuck in Salt Lake City & Layton, Utah
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy Tuck, also referred to as an abdominoplasty, is Dr. Yates favorite operation. Patients love the way it looks, love the way it makes them feel, and Dr. Yates feels pride and satisfaction in getting them there.
Abdominal stretching associated with childbirth and weight fluctuations can cause loose skin, stretch marks, and separation of abdominal muscles (diastasis). Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) removes excess abdominal skin while tightening and flattening the abdomen. This is performed using a “bikini line” incision in the lower abdomen. The abdominal muscles are tightened as indicated. Depending upon the degree and location of skin excess and stretch marks, the patient may benefit from a full abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty.
How is a tummy tuck performed?
Every patient is different, and the exact procedure is tailored to the patient and their goals. The steps of the operation include:
- a low abdominal incision (well hidden)
- elevation of the skin and fat as a unit to approximately the ribs
- muscle repair to flatten and tighten the abdomen
- removal of the excess skin and fat with the patient in a sitting position
- meticulous creation of a new pretty belly button
- closure with internal dissolving sutures to prevent suture marks
- for a drainless tummy tuck, the skin and fat will be secured to the abdominal wall with progressive tension sutures. Deep suture placement helps prevent pockets that can develop where fluid usually accumulates, freeing you from the need for drains to manage fluid.
If you are interested in a tummy tuck, contact Dr. Yates today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Yates treats patients in Salt Lake City, Layton, and nearby areas.
Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a full abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty?
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Yates will help you determine which would be best for you. Generally, a mini-tummy tuck improves the lower abdomen, whereas a full tummy tuck improves the entire abdomen. A “new” belly button is created with a full tummy tuck, whereas the original belly button remains after a mini-tummy tuck. Dr. Yates pays particular attention to the appearance of the belly button as both he and his patients find this is very important.
More skin and stretch marks are removed with a full tummy tuck than a mini tummy tuck. The skin typically removed from a full tummy tuck is from the pubic hairline to the umbilicus. The typical skin removed from a mini tummy tuck is from the hairline to halfway to the umbilicus.
Diastasis Recti (DR) is better treated with a full tummy tuck as there is improved access to the upper muscle for a strong repair with a full tummy tuck. There are mini tummy tuck modifications that also allow full muscle repair in some patients.
Mini Tummy Tuck
- shorter scar
- less cost
- less risk
- lower skin removal only
- lower abdomen muscle tightening only
- Minimal change to the umbilicus
Full Tummy Tuck
- full muscle repair
- full skin tightening
- new umbilical shape if necessary
- longer scar
- more risk
- tougher recovery
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck can be separated into facility/ hospital fees, anesthesia fees, and surgeons’ fees. The cost of a tummy tuck is generally greater with more experiences surgeons than those just starting out. We are transparent about our fees.
How is Diastasis Recti Treated with a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is well designed to improve both the aesthetics and function of the abdomen. Women with separation of their abdominus recti muscles after pregnancy have what is clinically referred to as Diastasis Recti (DR). For many of our patients, this is their primary concern.
Repair of diastasis is an important part of any expertly performed abdominoplasty. Muscle repair occurs after the skin and fat have been delicately elevated to provide access and repair. The degree of muscle separation is confirmed and repaired with sutures. There are many suture options when repairing the muscle and the patient would be well advised to simply put this choice into the hands of their chosen surgeon.
Our preferred technique is a combination of a few permanent sutures to line-up the repair followed by a long-lasting dissolvable suture. Patients report improved core strength and function after DR repair. A side benefit, a tummy tuck looks great.
Can an abdominoplasty be done without general anesthesia?
A full abdominoplasty can undoubtedly be done without general anesthesia. For appropriately selected patients, this is our preference.
- Lower risk of major complications such as DVT or pulmonary embolism
- Less postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Less early postoperative pain
Dr. Yates requires the patient to be of good health and near their ideal body weight to be a candidate for a full abdominoplasty in the office operating room. Dr. Yates operates only in fully accredited facilities.
Can liposuction be done at the same time as an abdominoplasty?
Dr. Yates will frequently do liposuction in combination with an abdominoplasty, most commonly on the abdomen and upper hips. There are varying opinions among plastic surgeons regarding multiple area large volumes of liposuction at the time of the tummy tuck.
There is an increased risk of DVT and pulmonary embolism when large volume liposuction is combined with an abdominoplasty. This is a major complication that can result in death, although rarely. Plastic surgeons have different appetites for risk. Dr. Yates feels that risks in cosmetic surgery should be reduced as much as possible. For that reason, Dr. Yates does not generally offer large volume liposuction at the time of a tummy tuck.
What should I expect after a tummy tuck?
After a full tummy tuck, you will remain in a slightly flexed position at the waist for a week to limit tension on the suture line. Pain medications are used as necessary for the first day or two. Lifting is limited, and a supportive garment (which is supplied) is used for 1-3 weeks. When used, drains are cared for until they are removed, usually at one week.
You will notice quite a difference early after your surgery, although some swelling will be present for up to one year. The tummy tuck scar will fade over the first year. The benefit will last forever unless there is a significant change in weight or pregnancy.
Can A tummy tuck be drain-free?
It is possible to do abdominoplasty without a drain. There are a few technical modifications that decrease the risk of fluid accumulation (seroma) after the procedure. The most important modification is the use of either TissuGlu or progressive tension sutures. These modifications essentially close the dead-space that exists after the elevation of the abdomen skin and fat. Sealing this space with adhesive (TissueGlu) or sutures reduces the risk of fluid accumulation and drains can often be eliminated.
Update: As of 2019, TissuGlu is no longer manufactured. The only current effective method of drainless tummy tucks is progressive tension sutures. This works very well and in our practice, we have noticed a dramatic decrease in seroma rates with this advanced technique.
Should I wait to have surgery until I am done having children?
Generally, yes. Some of the benefits of a tummy tuck can be lost with the stretching of the abdomen associated with pregnancy. Often a tummy tuck is addressed at the time of a mommy makeover.
Can diastasis recti be repaired without tummy tuck?
The most consistent, dramatic improvement of diastasis recti is with a full tummy tuck. There is a laparoscopic DR repair with promise. It is a pretty extensive surgery for what it can achieve in my opinion and can create skin deformity as the skin follows the muscle repair and will create a skin ridge for some patients.
Some patients don’t have enough skin excess to make a full tummy tuck worth the scar. For these patients, Emsculpt is a non-surgical procedure that has been shown to reduce muscle separation without surgery.
Can I get a six-pack with a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat but the definition of a six-pack is created by muscle definition. For patients who want a little help with building the core abdominal muscles, Emsculpt is a non-surgical procedure that has been shown to increase muscle bulk, tone, and definition. This can be done in combination with a tummy tuck.
What risks are associated with a tummy tuck?
Dr. Yates will thoroughly discuss the rare but potential risks at the time of your consultation. The risk of poor healing is much higher in smokers and patients with large upper abdominal scars from previous surgery. Dr. Yates requires patients to refrain from smoking for six weeks in preparation for surgery. Dr. Yates is quite experienced with abdominoplasty surgery, providing service to the Salt Lake City Utah metro area.
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To inquire about a tummy tuck or to schedule a consultation, please call (801) 525-8741 We also offer secure, private, online virtual consultations.