Top Tummy Tuck Trends – Best Practices in Abdominoplasty Surgery with Dr Craig Rubinstein
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy Tuck surgery is also known as abdominoplasty, a procedure where:
- Excess fat and skin is removed from the lower abdomen or belly
- Muscles are brought together and restored to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile
- Sutures are used to tighten the connective tissues found in the abdomen while the skin is repositioned to create a smooth look.
Most patients choose to have the surgery to help boost their self-confidence or to improve their body contours and reduce their sagging tummy skin post-pregnancy or weightloss.
Abdominoplasty can remove stretch marks and excess skin in the lower abdomen, but it cannot correct any stretch marks found outside the lower abdomen. The procedure can be done simultaneously with other plastic surgery procedures such as any breast surgery to create a ‘mummy makeover‘ package.
Dr Craig Rubinstein explains his Nine top tummy tuck trends which include
- Use of liposuction in a tummy tuck – Lipoabdominoplasty
- Inclusion of a mons lift
- Use of permanent deep muscle repair
- Placing the incision scars as low as possible to hide them
- Belly button placement for an optimal look
- Low pain and Painless surgery techniques
- Tendency towards ‘drain less‘ surgery – avoiding drains where possible
- Early mobilization for a better recovery
- Minimising tummy tuck scar
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Top Tummy Tuck Trends
Trend #1 – Use of Liposuction in conjunction with the tummy tuck
Liposuction allows greater fat removal and shaping of the tummy during a tummy tuck. From shaping and contouring the middle, front to back, and side to side parts of the tummy. Liposuction and Abdominoplasty Surgery can be combined into what has been called a Lipo-Abdominoplasty.
One of the benefits of using liposuction as a part of the procedure is that it can assist Dr Craig to achieve a better sculpted and contoured final result, especially in the Upper Pubic Area.
Trend # 2 – Inclusion of a mons lift during the tummy tuck surgery
Mons lift, also known as a pubic lift is the second top tummy tuck trends among patients wanting a tummy tuck surgery. This procedure reduces a protruding Mons pubis, which is the area or mound above the female genitalia (the pooch or FUPA as some call it). This area can bulge out slightly and can come from aging, weight gain, carrying children, previous surgery or genetics. The mons lift, it can tighten and lift the area for a smoother more comfortable look.
The tummy tuck will flatten from the surgery which can mean there’s a chance of the mons pubis looking more prominent. That is why some patients require the mons lift as a part of their procedure. A nicely contoured mons along with a tummy tuck can give an overall better look and feel from both an aesthetic and functional view. Combining a tummy tuck and mon lift.
Trend # 3 – Use of permanent deep muscular repair of stomach muscles
Permanent deep muscle repair in simple terms is repairing the abdominal muscles by bringing them back together from being stretched out. This can occur after pregnancy, weight gain and loss, medical conditions etc.
In order to correct the muscle separation, permanent sutures are used to stitch the edges of the muscles together. Doing any amount of exercise or sit-ups will never fix the separated muscles. The only way to bring them together is by surgery. The split muscles need to be fixed in both horizontal and vertical planes.
Muscle repair makes the tummy look more flat as it is more than just getting rid of the skin. This can assist in reducing back pain and incontinence issues in some cases.
Trend #4 – Placing the incision scars as low as possible
The fourth one on the list of top tummy tuck trends is to place the scars as low as possible. 90% of patients want their scars as low as possible (within their underwear) and the surgeons will do their best to ensure this happens. In some cases, it isn’t always possible but it is always discussed in the consult and Dr Craig will let you know if and why if they can’t do that. We are all different shapes and sizes and not all tummy tucks are performed the same way. Showing off a newly flattened tummy after recovering from the surgery, having the scar placed low is definitely a trend these days.
Trend #5 – Belly button placement and design
The navel or the belly button will be repositioned during the surgery, meaning that the original belly button will be relocated. With the tissue removed and the skin tightened and flattened from the tummy tuck if it wasn’t relocated it could sit on the mons! No one wants that, so the surgeons relocate it without removing it completely. Belly Buttons are Trending! – Read our blog on Designer Belly buttons
The following tummy tuck trends relate to post-care or after the surgery process. These are what patients want to make their healing process much faster or less painful.
Trend #6 – Pain-free or minimal pain recovery tummy tuck surgery
There will be swelling, bruising and some pain during those initial post-operative days but it gets easier every day and everyone has a different pain threshold.
It’s natural that patients would like to go back to their daily routine as soon as possible but doing this can actually make recovery longer if you hurt yourself or split stitches etc. Everyone should always do what their surgeon advises. Pain can be managed with medications and simply resting. Doing nothing can lessen the strain between the tummy muscles, helping the patient regain the energy the body needs to get in tip-top shape. We do encourage you to move around the house as soon as possible within reason to keep the blood flowing through the body.
Trend #7 – Tendency towards ‘drain less’ surgery (avoiding use of drains where possible)
The tummy tuck procedure may or may not require the use of drains, but sometimes they are needed for the best outcome and safety of the patient. Advanced surgical techniques are used to lessen the use of the drains such as deep quilting sutures and other sophisticated and aesthetic interventions.
One of the top trends of the tummy tuck is to avoid drains. If ever a drain tube is needed, the patient must listen well to the instructions on how to take care and handle the drains post-surgery. Dr Craig will only use them when they need to. Read this article on using Drains in cosmetic surgery.
Trend #8 – Get Moving but take it easy – Early mobilization helps
Patients are encouraged to move about within reason but not to strain themselves at all. Blood clots are a risk of any surgery and not moving increases this risk. Another disadvantage of staying in bed for prolonged periods is loss of muscle mass and a sore back and neck. In the hours after the surgery, there should be a supervised appropriate guard mobilization process for the patient.
The next day after surgery, the patient may walk around slowly. It is important to stretch the muscles but not too much, avoiding exercise for at least 4 weeks and ease back into it. Strenuous exercise is not recommended for 8 weeks.
Trend #9 – Minimising Tummy Tuck Scars – Taking care of your healing for a better-looking scar result
After the tummy tuck surgery, dressings will be applied to the incision area. A compression garment will be used to prevent the swelling and minimize the chances of the formation of blood clots. This garment will also support the midsection of the body, it is to be worn at all times except when the patient is in the shower or it’s in the wash for approximately six weeks after the surgery.
The previous post-surgery top tummy tuck trends can help you have a speedy and painless recovery, but there are other ways you can care for your wound to improve scars after the surgery.
Take action early to avoid infection and watch for any signs of healing problems.
Keeping an incision clean is very important in reducing the chances of infection. It is important to note the following symptoms and to see Dr Craig if you are experiencing discomfort.
- Uncontrolled bleeding found along the incision
- Extreme or serious swelling, bruising, or redness that isn’t going away
- Medication used for pain isn’t relieving at all or there’s a reaction
- The drainage from the incision is either yellowish or greenish
- The discharge from the incision has an unpleasant odor
- Fever or chills
The use of Vitamin E
Vitamin E can improve the appearance of scars, as well as keep it from drying out. For better results, it is best to use pure vitamin E and apply it once or twice a day gently. You don’t need any fancy cream or oil as it is actually the massage movement itself that assists in the healing. If there is any sort of uncomfortable sensation on the skin at any time please let Dr Craig know.
Keep out of the sun initially then apply sunscreen over the scar (after it heals)
Using sunscreen on the scar every day for at least a year can help the scar retain or keep its pigment, blocking it from getting darker as well as the surrounding skin. Since scars are made of new skin, they react differently to the sun compared to normal skin. There are actual sunscreens made for scars so if the patient can access it, then better. But the SPF should be 30 or higher.
The use of Lasers to minimise Scars and reduce redness faster
Aside from these methods of keeping the scarring to a minimum, the use of lasers can help the patient and can be provided routinely for the patients here. The Fraxel and V lasers are a couple of options designed specifically to help with scars.
Though they have their limitations, with the Fraxel laser having no means to address the discoloration while the V laser helps with the scar pigmentation but cannot fix the thickness or texture. This means there is a need for these two lasers to keep or maintain a nicely aesthetic scar from the tummy tuck surgery.
At CocoRuby Plastic Surgery, our surgeons provide the best for our patients. Not only can we offer trends mentioned above but we can also give professional advice relating to other plastic surgery procedures. We have the lasers mentioned to minimize the scarring from surgery and are happy to talk to you about them.
The safety and well-being of every patient is the most important aspect, which is why our surgeons make sure to recommend only the appropriate proven options.
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