For many people, diet and exercise can provide only limited improvement to a lax, protruding abdomen, which is often the result of pregnancy or significant weight loss. Separated abdominal muscles, stretched skin, and stubborn fat deposits can be corrected through surgery. A tummy tuck with Chicago abdominoplasty specialist Dr. Thomas Mustoe can give you the slender, firm midsection that exercise and healthy eating have failed to achieve.
Dr. Mustoe is considered by his peers to be an authority on abdominoplasty. He has lectured and written articles about innovations in tummy tuck surgery. He has been published in Abdominoplasty Journal. If you would like to meet with Dr. Mustoe to discuss a tummy tuck in Chicago, request a consultation online. Or you can call us at (312) 695-6022 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
A Better Tummy Tuck
Through extensive research and experience, Dr. Mustoe has developed several improvements to traditional abdominoplasty surgery. These include:
- Use of local anesthesia with sedation
- Improved scar outcome and natural looking navel
- Decreased risk of negative side effects
Abdominoplasty for a Slimmer Midsection
For many people, one of the most difficult areas of the body to tone and trim is the midsection. A protruding abdomen and rolls of loose skin and fat can make you self conscious, and can distort the contour of your body, even if you are otherwise physically fit. Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, can dramatically improve your appearance by creating a firm, flat abdomen and slim waist. The procedure is performed to:
- Tighten lax abdominal muscles
- Remove stretched, sagging skin
- Eliminate excess fat
At our practice in Chicago, tummy tuck is commonly performed on massive weight loss patients or women whose skin and muscles have been overstretched by pregnancy.
Innovative Abdominoplasty Techniques
Unlike many surgeons, Dr. Mustoe performs abdominoplasty using local anesthesia with sedation. This approach allows the patient the benefit of being conscious, but the comfort of being unaware of their procedure. Further advantages of local anesthesia include a lower incidence of nausea and a reduced risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots).
Dr. Mustoe makes very carefully placed incisions at a depth which minimizes trauma, lowers the incidence of complications, and significantly improves his patients' comfort during recovery. The incision runs horizontally along the lower abdomen, and is easily concealed by a bathing suit or underwear. Dr. Mustoe uses a floating umbilicus technique, which minimizes the navel incision and results in a more natural looking bellybutton. Excess skin is removed, and the stretched abdominal muscles are repaired. In many cases, liposuction is used to improve the contour of the abdomen, waist and flanks. Dr. Mustoe closes the incision using innovative techniques - developed through his many years of research into scar prevention – which result in consistently more favorable scar outcomes for his patients.
Mini Tummy Tuck
If only the area below the navel needs correction, a "mini" procedure can be performed, which uses a smaller incision and may require less recovery and downtime. However, very few patients are candidates for a mini tummy tuck and, in many cases, Dr. Mustoe's patients experience the comfort and recovery of a mini procedure, with the results of a full procedure.
Improved Recovery and Results
Although it is an outpatient procedure, tummy tuck is still a major surgery. Dr. Mustoe's patients experience a much more comfortable recovery and reduced rate of complications, but it is important to take adequate time to rest and recuperate following your abdominoplasty. With the exception of walking around, activities should be limited for at least the first 7 to 10 days following surgery. During this time, our patients may use prescription medication for pain, but many find that over the counter pain relievers are enough to manage their discomfort. After approximately 2 weeks, most patients are able to resume their normal routine, with limited lifting and exertion. More strenuous activities must be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.
Within just a few weeks of surgery, you will be able to show off your slimmer, firmer middle. Minor swelling will continue to resolve over several weeks, and scars will continue to fade for up to a year. Our abdominoplasty patients report feeling more comfortable in their clothing, and more confident about their bodies after their procedure.