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Tummy Tuck In Scottsdale and phoenix– Weinrach Plastic Surgery

Women and men who are in good health, exercise well, and eat properly are often troubled and frustrated when they still have excess fat and skin around the abdomen. Aging, pregnancy, and weight loss can lead to hanging skin and fat that can be a big challenge to try and remove. Many women strive for a flat and well-toned abdomen.  A sagging body can be a big disappointment that causes you to look at yourself in a different way.

If you are interested in flattening your abdomen and slimming your waist by removing excess skin and fat, you can trust Jonathan Weinrach, MD, FACS for a professional and effective tummy tuck in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ. A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a popular surgical procedure that tightens the abdominal muscles and eliminates extra skin and tissue around the stomach.

Call Weinrach Plastic Surgery at (480) 634-6014 if you are interested in a tummy tuck across the Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Mesa, AZ area.

When Should I Get A Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for the procedure are people who are in good health and are interested in tightening the abdominal muscles and removing extra sagging skin and stretch marks.   Ideal candidates are patients in good health who do not smoke.

Excess skin and fat are especially common after pregnancy.  Pregnancy causes stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin, which may not return to normal after delivery.  Women should delay a tummy tuck if they are planning on another pregnancy.  Pregnancy will again stretch the abdominal muscles and skin, and alter the results of a tummy tuck.  Dr. Weinrach also recommends delay of tummy tuck surgery until any planned weight loss is complete.

People with smaller amounts of fat or extra skin in the lower part of the abdomen might be better suited for a mini abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck.  This procedure is faster, does not involve an incision around the navel, and has less downtime and recovery.

Tummy tuck is not a substitute for a good exercise program and weight loss.  Attempting to have a tummy tuck while significantly overweight will increase risk and produce less than ideal results.  Excess fat around the flanks or “love handles” can be effectively treated with liposuction at the same time as tummy tuck.   A tummy tuck does result in scars, but Dr. Weinrach  is an expert in the design and placement of incisions so they are covered by most clothing and bathing suits.

How A Tummy Tuck Works: Producing A Flatter And Younger-Looking Torso

A full tummy tuck usually is about three hours in length. A mini tummy tuck often is able to be completed in one to two hours. More time may be needed if liposuction is also planned. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is tailored to a patient’s particular needs and desires.

To start the procedure, an incision is usually made in the lower part of the abdomen inside of the area that is covered by a bikini. Another one is made around the belly button. Patients who are undergoing a full tummy tuck will often have an incision from hip to hip. After the incisions are made, skin and fat are separated from the abdominal wall to access  the underlying muscles. The abdominal wall is then tightened with sutures to narrow and slim the waist.  A long-acting local anesthetic called EXPAREL® is injected which greatly minimizes discomfort for three days. 

The skin is then tightened by removing the extra tissue, and the incisions are closed and dressed. Drainage tubes may be placed on a temporary basis to prevent any fluid buildup.  In many instances drainless tummy tuck can also be done.  

Safety is the number one priority for Jonathan Weinrach, MD. Dr. Weinrach operates only at fully accredited centers. Anesthesia is administered by a board certified anesthesiologist.

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Make your aesthetic goals a reality. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS and his team look forward to exceeding your expectations. Schedule a personalized consult with Dr. Weinrach by clicking below.

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What You Should Expect After A Tummy Tuck

There may be mild swelling after tummy tuck. After the procedure, you are closely monitored by a registered nurse, as well as the anesthesiologist.  Dr. Weinrach is always available as well.   Most patients are able to return home a few hours after surgery, but in some cases it is better to stay overnight in the surgical center to recover.

While surgery can be uncomfortable, post-operation pain is greatly reduced by EXPAREL®, a long-lasting local anesthetic. Dr. Weinrach will give you instructions on how to properly care for any dressings.  There are usually no sutures to remove after the surgery.

After a tummy tuck, it is important to try to get up and walk around as soon as you are able to do so, starting on the day of surgery. During the first few days after surgery, moving around may be slightly uncomfortable.  Taking it slow and resting for a few days should give your muscles time to heal and relax.

The vast majority of people are able to return to a normal routine in about two weeks and can often start normal exercise within two months after surgery. During the recovery period, it is important to avoid strenuous activity and lifting heavy items.

Dr. Weinrach will always answer any questions you have about the recovery process. He will monitor your recovery and let you know when it is safe to return to work, resume normal daily activities, and start exercising again.

The recovery process will be greatly expedited if you are in good physical shape before an abdominoplasty. Scars will eventually fade in appearance. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Weinrach plans carefully to make sure scars are as minimal and hidden as possible.

A tummy tuck is an effective way to give your torso a whole new look by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. The vast majority of procedures produce long-lasing results that leave patients highly satisfied. The best results will be seen in patients who combine the procedure with a good diet and regular exercise.

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Tummy Tuck In Scottsdale and phoenix – Contact Weinrach Plastic Surgery!

Are you looking for a beautiful new figure and renewed confidence in your body? The easiest way to learn more about how an effective tummy tuck can tighten the abdominal muscles and remove extra skin and fat is to schedule a consultation with Weinrach Plastic Surgery. In a personal tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Weinrach, he will evaluate your health and examine your skin and muscle tone to recommend a plan that will give you the best body possible.

Our office will also provide information about anesthesia, the cost of the procedure, the location of surgical facilities, and all pre and post operative activity and medication instructions.

Call our office in Scottsdale at (480) 634-6014 to set up an initial consultation to see if a tummy tuck is right for you. You can also book an appointment online with our contact form. We look forward to helping you!

Tummy Tuck faqs

A mini tummy tuck addresses laxity of the abdominal muscles and extra skin below the belly button only.  A full tummy tuck addresses laxity of the abdominal muscles and extra skin both above and below the belly button.

Almost all tummy-tuck surgery involves some degree of swelling;  however every patient is different, and some patients develop minimal swelling and some have more.  Swelling resolves with time, typically in days to weeks.

Light activity is recommended for the first week after tummy-tuck.  Activity is gradually increased over the next several weeks.  It is recommended to refrain from abdominal exercise or lifting heavy weights for six weeks after tummy tuck.

During a traditional abdominoplasty, the incision at the lower abdomen as well as the “undermining”, or the dissection to loosen the extra skin from underneath, does affect the blood supply to the skin.  This is tolerated with no problem in normal healthy patients who do not smoke.  However adding liposuction in this area can affect the remaining blood supply to the skin, which can result in complications such as healing problems and skin loss. 

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is not meant to be a weight loss procedure.  In fact, the procedure will be much less risky and the result will be much better if extra weight is lost first before having a tummy tuck.

It is normal to have a tight feeling in the abdomen after tummy-tuck.  Moving is encouraged and recommended, especially walking often.  This is very good for maintaining good circulation in the legs after surgery. 

Drains may or may not be used after tummy-tuck surgery, depending on the individual patient’s anatomy and planned surgery.  It will be necessary to have a thorough evaluation with Dr. Weinrach in order to determine if drains with be used for your tummy-tuck.

Sutures for tummy tuck are absorbable and do not need to be removed after surgery.

This depends on the type of work that you do, as well as the extent of the procedure that is done.  Patients with sedentary types of jobs who have smaller amounts of excess skin to remove can be back to work in a week or less.  More physically active types of work can require longer time off.  Massive weight loss patients who have very large excesses of skin to remove will likely need longer time off as well – could be two weeks or even longer in some cases.

Very light activity such as walking is recommended for the first week after tummy-tuck.  Aerobic activity can gradually be increased after the first week.  No lifting of weights or resistance type of exercise involving the abdomen recommended until 6 weeks after surgery. 

It is recommended if possible to have abdominoplasty after all pregnancies are completed as pregnancy can and will stretch out the abdominal wall muscles and skin again.  If you do become pregnant, depending on your genetics, your tissues may or not return to their pre-pregnancy state.  It could become necessary to have another tummy-tuck to correct pregnancy related laxity.

This is highly variable and depends on each patient’s anatomy and goals.   The reality is that the operating room staff, anesthesiologist, nurses, and surgical technicians are all paid hourly – the longer a case takes, the more it costs.  A mini-tummy tuck in a smaller patient may take an hour and cost much less than an extended tummy-tuck in a patient who has lost a lot of weight with significant extra skin; this case can take several hours and would cost more.   The best way to determine cost is with a consultation with Dr. Weinrach in order to determine how long a particular case will take.

While there are countless types of insurance plans, to the best of our knowledge the great majority if not all of them will not cover the costs of tummy tuck surgery. We are not a contracted provider of any private health insurance plan; we are not able to send insurance companies any requests for coverage or letters of medical necessity in order to obtain insurance authorization.

Liposuction of the abdomen only removes fat.  It does not tighten the abdominal muscles or remove extra skin or stretch marks.  People with excess, stubborn fat but good abdominal and skin tone are good candidates for liposuction only.   If weak, lax abdominal muscles, excess skin and stretch marks are the problem, then Tummy Tuck corrects these problems.

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