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Tummy Tuck In Seattle

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is the surgical removal of loose skin on the abdomen. It may also include muscle repair for diastasis recti. During his 20+ year career as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Hakim Said has helped hundreds of Seattle tummy tuck patients have the flat, smooth looks they desire after weight loss or pregnancy.

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Tummy Tuck Benefits: Sculpted Lines and Tighter Skin

Despite your healthy lifestyle, working out and eating well, the stubborn fat, distended muscles, and sagging skin on the lower half of your belly just won’t go back to how things were. This is not your fault. As we age, our skin loses elasticity. If you have experienced a major body transformation, such as weight loss, weight gain, or childbirth, your skin may not have the elasticity necessary to shrink back to the way it was before the transformation on its own. Fortunately, an abdominoplasty can help.

Done properly, abdominoplasty can give you tighter skin, more defined abdominal muscles, and a more sculpted appearance. Tummy tucks can also help with some medical problems, including back pain, some urinary problems, and ventral hernias. As Dr. Said explains to his patients “the upper abdomen is the patient’s job. The lower abdomen is the plastic surgeon’s job.” While there is very little a surgeon can do about internal fat around your stomach and inner organs, your efforts at weight loss can make a huge difference in the fullness of your upper abdomen. On the other hand, all your efforts at losing weight just make the lower abdomen sag even more as you shed pounds. Fortunately that is where your plastic surgeon can help remove skin and fat and restore a shape you can feel great about.

Tummy Tuck Benefits: Sculpted Lines and Tighter Skin

Despite your healthy lifestyle, working out and eating well, the stubborn fat, distended muscles, and sagging skin on the lower half of your belly just won’t go back to how things were. This is not your fault. As we age, our skin loses elasticity. If you have experienced a major body transformation, such as weight loss, weight gain, or childbirth, your skin may not have the elasticity necessary to shrink back to the way it was before the transformation on its own. Fortunately, an abdominoplasty can help.

Done properly, abdominoplasty can give you tighter skin, more defined abdominal muscles, and a more sculpted appearance. Tummy tucks can also help with some medical problems, including back pain, some urinary problems, and ventral hernias. As Dr. Said explains to his patients “the upper abdomen is the patient’s job. The lower abdomen is the plastic surgeon’s job.” While there is very little a surgeon can do about internal fat around your stomach and inner organs, your efforts at weight loss can make a huge difference in the fullness of your upper abdomen. On the other hand, all your efforts at losing weight just make the lower abdomen sag even more as you shed pounds. Fortunately that is where your plastic surgeon can help remove skin and fat and restore a shape you can feel great about.

Your Seattle Tummy Tuck Consultation

At your consultation for a tummy tuck Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Hakim Said meets with you to discuss the parts of your abdomen that bother you.

Perhaps you have sagging skin, muscle separation, stretch marks, hanging skin after a c-section, or a combination of problems to address. Dr. Said has deep experience in complex abdominal repairs; no matter which goals you have in mind, he can create a custom surgical plan just for you. Dr. Said will take the time to listen to your wishes and answer all your questions. Your concerns are the most important way to know if you are a good candidate for surgery.

If you have excess fat on the upper abdomen, he may suggest weight loss to prepare you for surgery. Liposuction may also be useful in addition to your tummy tuck. This can provide better abdominal definition, can reduce belly fat, and can correct wider areas without the need for longer scars. Once you have a personalized tummy tuck plan, the next step is meeting with a staff member to learn about costs. When you are ready to move forward with surgery, you can select a surgery date that fits your schedule.

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The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Please follow all pre-operative instructions. On the day of surgery, Dr. Said will go over any last-minute questions and you will be prepped for surgery. During your procedure, Dr. Said will make a horizontal incision on the lower abdomen.

Liposuction may be used to dissect or remove unwanted tissues in some cases. The skin is pulled downward and excess skin is removed to give you a smooth, tight shape. The surgery takes three to five hours, depending on what needs to be corrected. In a full tummy, the muscles of the stomach are brought together as well. Techniques may vary based on your individual tummy tuck plan. For example, a mini tummy tuck may not address the muscles or upper abdomen. Dr. Said is experienced with many multiple tummy tuck techniques and will go over the pros and cons of each with you during your consultation.

What to Expect During Tummy Tuck Recovery

Every tummy tuck is different. The recovery time depends on the extent of surgery. Dr. Said will advise you to take anywhere from one to six weeks before returning to normal daily activities, depending on the type of tummy tuck you decide is right for you.

A mini tummy tuck has a shorter recovery time of one to two weeks. You may resume driving in approximately 7 to 10 days. A full tummy tuck may require two to four weeks without driving. You may be asked to take two to six weeks off work. Extended tummy tucks are even more involved and have a slightly longer downtime. Driving may be resumed when you feel confident that you have a full range of motion. Please avoid heavy lifting for the first six weeks. It is best to wait at least six to eight weeks before resuming high-impact exercise.

Do not engage in intensive workout programs and core exercise in the first three months of recovery. The first three days of recovery are the most difficult. Short walks around your home are recommended, starting on the day of surgery. This is done to prevent blood clots in your legs. As part of your surgery, Dr. Said will provide you with comprehensive recovery instructions. Following those instructions is important to reduce the risk of complications following surgery.

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Your Tummy Tuck Results

A tummy tuck with Dr. Said immediately leaves your abdomen tighter and smoother. Excess skin and folds are dramatically reduced when you awaken from surgery.

Once your skin is surgically tightened and the muscles are repaired, the hanging lower tummy skin or abdominal bulging will be gone. After the initial recovery period, you can start enjoying the results even more. You are likely to feel significantly improved confidence in your looks. Most patients report a stronger desire to participate in activities they once avoided due to feelings of embarrassment about loose skin. Some patients are inspired to lead even healthier lives once their shape matches their lifestyle changes.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation with Dr. Said Today

Selecting a trusted and skilled surgeon like Dr. Hakim Said is the best way to achieve a great tummy tuck. His clinical expertise includes plastic surgery of all kinds as well as complex abdominal wall repair.

Dr. Said is a board-certified Seattle plastic surgeon and a fixture on the “Top Doctor” award list from Seattle Met magazine year after year. He is dedicated, caring, and committed to making sure you get the best results. He understands how your shape can impact your confidence. Your personalized tummy tuck plan will give you a tight, defined abdomen that will make you feel more confident about looking great. If you’ve done everything you can think of to try and eliminate the sagging skin around your midsection, it might be time to contact Dr. Said today. He can help you restore your body and get back to feeling like the best version of yourself.

If you have questions about plastic surgery, please send us a message. We will gladly answer your questions and help guide you down the path to a more polished, more confident you.

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