Tummy Tuck in Washington, DC with Dr. Marwan Khalifeh
Tummy Tuck Surgery in Washington, DC with Dr. Marwan Khalifeh
So you are considering a tummy tuck surgery? A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, can be an important step in regaining one’s shape after some of the irreversible changes that happen with aging, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations. here is what a tummy tuck can do to change your physique, and our practice is one of the leading providers for tummy tucks or abdominoplasty in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern VA.
Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) in Washington, DC
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure commonly referred to as tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Marwan Khalifeh frequently performs tummy tuck procedures in Washington DC. The goal of the tummy tuck procedure is to make the abdomen firmer.
A tummy tuck procedure involves removing excess fat and skin from the bottom of the abdomen to tighten the fascia and muscle of the abdominal wall. Tummy tuck procedures in Washington DC differ in scope. The procedures are usually subdivided into categories based on the extent of the surgery. A partial or mini tummy tuck procedure only takes an hour or two whereas; a Belt Lipectomy can take from two to five hours.
Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy is an Extensive Form of a Tummy Tuck Procedure
Dr. Khalifeh commonly performs this type of tummy tuck procedure for his Washington DC patients who have lost an enormous amount of weight. This tummy tuck procedure allows him to lift the buttocks and thighs as well.
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos
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Can I simply Diet and exercise my way to this change?
Exercise is very important before and after surgery to fine tune the results, but sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems because of irreversible stretching of the skin and muscles. In such cases, a patient may wish to consider a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) as part of a plan to regain their physique.
Reasons for Considering a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):
General Procedure: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty surgery takes approximately two to three hours to perform. It is often combined with liposuction to produce a pleasing waste line contour. During the procedure, an incision is made and the surgeon carefully dissects through the fat to reach your abdominal wall muscles. The dissection then proceeds at the interface between the fat and the muscles, elevating the skin/fat off the muscles from the pubic area all the way to the rib cage. the only exception is the navel, which is left attached to the abdominal wall muscles. The second step involves tightening the muscles back to the midline. The third step involves removing the excess skin and fat. The fourth step involves a carefull reapproximation of the skin to minimize scarring. A plastic tube called a drain is left in place to collect excess fluid that will form after surgery. The final step involves the recreation of the umilicus using both the old umbilicus in combination with skin from the abdominal wall.
Recovery Process – Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):
Drains: A JP drain is a small plastic tube left in place. Click here to see how easy removing the JP drain is.
Examples of Scars after Tummy Tuck Surgery:
Complications of a tummy tuck can include many risks both related to the surgery and to the anesthesia given during the surgery. The tummy tuck operation, when performed on a healthy nonsmoking candidate by a board certified plastic surgeon, is a very safe operation. As with any surgery, there are risks involved however. Minor risks tend to happen more than any major problems, and are often treateable. Some of these risks include bleeding, infections, scarring at the incision, seroma, hematoma, skin loss, sensation loss, and belly button necrosis. More major risks including risks of anesthesia can occur, such as heart problems, lung problems, clots, arrythmias, which can be very serious or even fatal. Preoperative testing or clearance may be required to make sure you are a good candidate.
Smartlipo Vs. Tummy Tuck Surgery, which will work for me?
Many women looking at a tummy tuck will consider smartlipo. I love the smartlpo procedure. However, when a tummy tuck is needed, smartlipo is usually just not enough.
Watch the Video Below to see me discuss that:
Anesthesia Used for a Tummy Tuck Procedure at our Washington, DC Facility
Generally, surgeons prefer complete sedation no matter which tummy tuck procedure is being performed. This ensures the patient’s abdominal muscles remain relaxed during the tummy tuck procedure. This allows Dr. Khalifeh to complete the tummy tuck procedure quicker because unexpected movements will not hamper him. However, Dr. Khalifeh may use localized anesthesia on occasion for the less invasive mini tummy tuck procedure in Washington DC.
A Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure in Washington, DC
If you have at least one of the following conditions, you are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck procedure:
Preferable Health Characteristics:
Preparing Ffor Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure
The length and number of incisions Dr. Khalifeh makes depends on the procedure he is performing for his patient.
Naval Sculpting and Reattachment
The majority of tummy tuck surgeries involve repositioning of the navel. This is done so the abdomen appears more natural. A new navel may be sculpted or the existing navel is reattached.
Tightening the Abdominal Muscles
As we age, our abdominal muscles become looser. During your tummy tuck procedure in Washington DC, Dr. Khalifeh will remove any pockets of excess fat. He will also remove extra skin and tighten your lax abdominal muscle mass in your stomach.
Your abdominal muscles are pulled and stitched together to make them look more toned. A tummy tuck procedure usually narrows the waistline as well.
Eliminating Stretch Marks During Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
If you have stretch marks, Dr. Khalifeh may be able to improve or even eliminate their appearance during the skin removal process of your tummy tuck procedure. Any of your stretch marks that are located a little below your navel can usually be removed. Many times any remaining stretch marks will appear less prominent after your tummy tuck procedure.
Skin Removal During Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
After your abdominal muscles are tightened, your skin is pulled down and the excess is trimmed. Dr. Khalifeh may use liposuction to remove unwanted fat pockets before pulling the skin taut.
Closing the Incision(s)
Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Khalifeh will suture your incision together with surgical stitches. A surgical drain is inserted. The drain speeds up your healing process and alleviates pain caused by fluid buildup under the skin. The surgical drain is generally removed about a week after your surgery and your stitches within two weeks.
You will receive a compression garment. This helps minimize your bruising and swelling. It also supports the tissues and helps your skin maintain its new shape.
Recovering From Your Tummy Tuck Procedure in Washington, DC
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos
While scarring is inevitable, Dr. Khalifeh’s carefully planned incision locations will minimize the visibility of your surgical scars. At first, scars from your surgery may appear prominent and red; however, with proper care they will heal and become thin, silver lines.
Can insurance Cover my Abdominoplasty?
Full coverage of an abdominoplasty is typically not possible. In select cases, depending on your documented health history (with your primary care physician), you may be able to obtain coverage for procedures that are associated with performing an abdominoplasty. Click here to see discussion on whether insurance can cover abdominoplasty.
Contact Our Washington DC Plastic Surgery practice to learn more about Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you are considering a tummy tuck or any other kind of plastic surgery and reside in or near Washington DC, contact Dr. Marwan Khalifeh. His knowledge, experience and skills can help you look and feel better.
Contact Our Washington DC Plastic Surgery practice to learn more Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) with Dr. Khalifeh by clicking on the contact us form.We look forward to meeting you and discussing how Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) can benefit you. You can also call our office directly at (301) 244-0148.