Diet and exercise can help you accomplish a toned figure, but there are limits to what weight loss can do for your skin. As you shed those pounds, your skin does not necessarily shrink with you. Women who’ve gone through pregnancy or adults who’ve lost a massive amount of weight often struggle with loose, sagging skin in the abdomen. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can give you that slim, firm contour you’ve been working toward but has been unattainable because of excess skin tissue.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in tummy tucks and offers this transformative procedure to our East Greenwich patients and nearby Rhode Island areas. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Andrea Doyle at the Centre for Aesthetic + Reconstructive Surgery today at (401) 336-3770.
Who Can Benefit from Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Abdominoplasty is not a fat reduction procedure or weight loss solution. It is a body contouring surgery designed to restore your midsection after pregnancy, significant weight loss, or sagging skin due to natural aging. When your skin stretches over time, it often lacks the elasticity to tighten up once the body reverts to a smaller size, but Dr. Doyle can refine your body shape and restore your self-confidence.
The best candidates for tummy tucks are within 10-15 pounds of their goal weight, in overall good health, nonsmokers, and have realistic expectations for the tummy tuck procedure, recovery, and outcome. If you have loose skin in multiple body areas, an arm lift, thigh lift or combination procedure may be right for you.
Full Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck
The Centre for Aesthetic + Reconstructive Surgery offers the full abdominoplasty and the mini-abdominoplasty. Dr. Doyle will discuss your body goals and take a look at your condition to find the best approach to deliver a well-toned physique. The full tummy tuck addresses the upper and lower abdomen and involves trimming the excess skin tissue and tightening your abdominal muscles for a flatter belly.
The mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen and is best for those with less severe skin sagging. Both options can address stretch marks, and Dr. Doyle may recommend using liposuction to give you the best results possible.
Questions about Tummy Tuck?
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Your tummy tuck procedure will vary as this plastic surgery is customized to your unique body and cosmetic goals. You will go under general anesthesia, which means you’ll need a loved one available to take you home the day of your tummy tuck and help you during the first days of recovery.
The procedure starts with Dr. Doyle making a horizontal incision a few inches below the belly button which extends from hipbone to hipbone. (A mini tummy tuck requires a smaller incision.) Our board-certified plastic surgeon will proceed by trimming away excess skin tissue and repairing underlying muscles where necessary. She will pull the skin tight to give you a firm, smooth core before closing the incisions and applying post-op dressings and drains.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
You will notice a slimmer body contour immediately, but you’ll have some redness, bruising, and swelling that take time to heal. These visible signs can take several months to dissipate entirely. Dr. Doyle will go over your post-op instructions, which will include:
- Wearing surgical dressings and compression garments.
- Taking at least two weeks off from work.
- Avoiding high levels of activity and exercise for 1-2 months.
Your complete tummy tuck results will settle in two or three months after your procedure when your body has healed. We encourage our patients to try on all of their favorite clothes or go for those outfits they were too shy to wear before.
Dr. Doyle and our skilled staff love seeing the positive impact tummy tucks can have on the lives of our patients, and those results will last years with a healthy lifestyle.
Ready to schedule your Tummy Tuck consultation?
Dr. Andrea Doyle would love to discuss your Tummy Tuck options with you during a private one-on-one consultation. Contact our office online or give us a call to get started on achieving your own aesthetic goals.
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Dr. Doyle is a board certified Rhode Island plastic surgeon who performs aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries to help change the lives of her patients in positive and empowering ways.