Tummy Tuck Surgery After Weight Loss or Liposuction

Tummy Tuck Surgery After Weight Loss

The past year of isolation during the pandemic has affected people’s weight in various ways. Many people gained 5 or more pounds – “the quarantine 15” – due to months of inactivity staying home and sitting on the couch. Others used the time away from work to run, work out, get in shape and lose weight. At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we are seeing an increase in liposuction procedures, as a fast permanent and effective to lose the “Covid-19 fifteen”.

But, whether you lose weight through discipline and hard work, or through fast and affordable liposuction, many people are disappointed to find after a substantial weight loss, that they are left with excess, loose skin in the abdominal area. And, unfortunately, all of the exercise in the world will not tighten looses skin. Fortunately a very common and routine surgical procedure called a “tummy tuck” (abdominoplasty) can tighten your skin – so you can enjoy your newly thinner body!

And, for people with only moderately loose skin, and amazing new non-surgical skin tightening procedure called Profound® is also available.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, and across Oakland County and the Detroit area “get their abs back” after a large weight loss. In this article he discusses the pros and cons, and alternatives, of a tummy tuck after losing weight – and what to expect when you undergo this procedure.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss

Losing a lot of weight is a significant achievement requiring a great deal of discipline, and you should be very proud of yourself! And it can be frustrating after all of that hard work to be left with excess skin, around your midsection, breasts, and arms.

This troublesome hanging skin that is left after weight loss is due to the skin’s inability to completely contract. For this reason many people take advantage of reconstructive plastic surgeries after major weight loss. A tummy tuck – and other body contouring plastic surgeries – are designed to remove excess skin and tighten the affected area.

After a tummy tuck, not only will your clothes fit and look better, but you will be able to engage in your favorite activities (including exercise, athletics and even sex) without feeling uncomfortable because of excess skin or excess flab!

When to Get a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss

Typically it is recommended to be at or near your target weight before getting tummy tuck. If you plan to lose a considerable amount more weight, you should wait – as the skin may become lose all over again, and you may need touch up surgery.

You should also be confident that your large weight loss is a stable and permanent result of your new healthy lifestyle – and is not just the result of “yo-yo-ing”. For if you gain considerable weight it will likely thwart all of the results of your tummy tuck surgery.

Additionally, while tummy tucks are “routine” surgeries, they do come with risks – as does any surgical procedure. And patients with a lower BMI (body mass index), is much less likely to have surgical complications, such bleeding, infection, or abnormal lumps (seroma) or scars.

How a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss Works

During a tummy tuck, you will be given general anesthetic to “knock you out” Then the plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision, which will vary in size depending on how much skin you need removed, and whether muscle tightening is also being performed.

The skin is then pulled back, excess fat is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened (if necessary). The skin is then pulled down, the excess skin is removed, and a new hole for the navel may be created to naturally reposition your belly button.

The result is a tight stomach area, with no flabbiness or loose skin. And the scar will be low, and easily hidden by underwear or bathing suits. You can see the amazing results of tummy tucks surgeries that Dr. Ali has performed in our Before & After gallery.

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Tummy Tuck Surgery Alternative

Large amounts of excess, hanging skin can only be removed by tummy tuck surgery. However, for patients with only mild to moderate loose skin that hasn’t quite “snapped back” after liposuction or moderate weight loss, Profound® skin tightening provides an excellent, non-surgical alternative.

Profound is a groundbreaking new skin tightening technology that uses radiofrequency energy to regenerate the production of the three building blocks of young, healthy elastic skin: elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid.

Choosing a Tummy Tuck Surgeon

While a tummy tuck is quite a “routine” surgery, it is in fact a serious surgical procedure which requires skill and expertise. For this reason, you should select a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, who has the training and the extensive experience to deliver beautiful results.

Dr. Ali is not only a skilled surgeon, he also understands the aesthetic issues associated with reconstructive plastic surgery. He will hide or minimize as much as feasible any scarring, perfectly reposition your navel, and eliminate stretch marks as much as possible – for an attractive abdomen.

Tummy tuck surgery can be life changing when properly performed – giving you the body you have always dreamed of after your weight loss journey.

West Bloomfield Area’s Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon

West Bloomfield area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women “get great abs” after a large weight loss, with a Tummy Tuck. In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life with firm taught skin and muscles! When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your lose skin after your weight loss.

Tummy Tuck Consultation | West Bloomfield Area: 248-335-7200

Which Type of Tummy Tuck Surgery Do I Need?

Which Type of Tummy Tuck Surgery Do I Need?

There are several different types of tummy tuck procedures that can be performed by skilled Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali. Surprisingly, this includes new minimally invasive surgeries, as well as a completely non-surgical radiofrequency “tummy tuck” treatment.

The type of tummy tuck that is best for you depends upon whether you only need to have abdominal skin tightened, “stomach” muscles tightened, belly fat removed, or any combination of these factors.

Board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will offer you a consultation to carefully assess your needs, before recommending a specific type tummy tuck to achieve your appearance goals. In the meantime, you can find your tummy issues below and see what “tummy tuck” procedure you may want to consider.

But, remember, only an experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon can help you select the best type of tummy tuck procedure for you.

Fat Loss Only: No Tummy Tuck Surgery Needed

If you only have belly fat to lose, but your skin is still youthful, tight and elastic, you may not need a tummy tuck at all! Dr. Ali offers liposuction that can remove

While liposuction is not strictly speaking a weight loss method, the procedure usually does result in weight loss as part of the process. For most patients there is a maximum fat extraction limit of 11 pounds with liposuction.

CoolSculpting is another advanced technology that can remove stubborn fat from the tummy, without surgery and with no downtime.

Moderate Skin Tightening Only: Non Surgical Profound Tummy Tuck

Dr. Ali is one of the few providers in the Troy, MI area to offer Profound, the new, non surgical state-of-the-art skin tightening procedure. Profound may achieve results equivalent to 37% of surgical skin tightening without incisions or surgery.

If you have moderate loose, lax stomach skin Profound may be a great tummy tuck alternative for you. And if you also have stubborn, excess belly fat Profound skin tightening can be performed in conjunction with minimally invasive liposuction or non-invasive CoolSculpting.

Keep in mind that Profound is not appropriate for patients who also have stretched or damaged abdominal muscles that require repair.

Moderate Skin Tightening: Mini-Tummy Tuck

A “mini-tummy tuck” (technically called a partial or modified abdominoplasty) is another procedure that removes excess skin and fat, but does not tighten muscles. A person is a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck if they do not need muscle tightening and the navel does not need to be repositioned.

While still a surgical procedure, a mini-tummy tuck will typically leave a much shorter scar than a full abdominoplasty or dermolipectomy. A mini tummy tuck also has a shorter recovery period than a “full” abdominoplasty surgery.

Muscle Tightening Only: Endoscopic Abdominoplasty Surgery

Some people require a tummy tuck as a result of stretched, torn or loose abdominal muscles – rather than due to excess skin. Pregnancy is the most common cause of stretched or damaged muscles in the “stomach” area.

Endoscopic abdominoplasty is another type of less invasive tummy tuck surgery. It may be ideal for you if you have weakened muscles of the lower abdomen (with or without excess belly fat) but still have fairly tight abdominal skin. Endoscopic tummy tuck does not tighten loose skin on the stomach area, so it is and is best for people who you have taut skin, but loose muscles and fascia.

This procedure is not as invasive as a “full” abdominoplasty surgery. During endoscopic tummy tuck surgery abdominal muscles are tightened with stitches using a small camera, and tiny surgical instruments that are inserted through tiny incisions.

Extreme Skin Laxity & Belly Button Repositioning: Dermolipectomy

During dermolipectomy surgery, excess skin and fat is surgically removed and the belly button is repositioned. However, there is no muscle tightening. Typically, a dermolipectomy is recommended for patients who have a higher degree of skin laxity than mini-tummy tuck candidates.

This type of tummy tuck is often ideal for patients who have large amounts of excess, sagging skin after a large weight loss, bariatric surgery or “stomach stapling”.

Extreme Laxity & Muscle Repair: Full Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

Full Abdominoplasty is the most invasive type of tummy tuck surgery. It is generally used on people who have both very lax muscles coupled with large amounts of excess loose, saggy skin.

During full tummy tuck surgery, a large incision is made and the skin and fat are loosened away from the abdominal muscles, and the fascia and rectus abdominus muscles are then tightened by stitching them together. Typically all of the skin and fat below the belly button is removed and the skin above the belly button is pulled down toward the pubic bone and stitched into place. Then the plastic surgeon typically creates a beautiful new belly button in the right location.

While this is the most invasive form of tummy tuck, it is also the most powerful. It is ideal for patients with a severely sagging belly due to both a large amount of excess skin as well as loose, torn or stretched stomach muscles.

Top Tummy Tuck Surgeon – Troy, MI Area

Renowned Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Troy and Southwest Michigan obtain the firm flat abdomen they have always desired with a Tummy Tuck. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide which Tummy Tuck procedure will offer the most beautiful results in your unique situation.

Troy, MI Area Tummy Tuck Surgery: 248-335-7200

New: Tummy Tuck Alternative without Surgery!

New: Tummy Tuck Alternative without Surgery!

There’s no question that tummy tuck surgery is the most effective and powerful means of tightening a sagging belly. But many patients are reluctant to undergo a surgical procedure.

The good news is that AMAE Med Spa in the Troy, MI area now offers Profound – a revolutionary non-surgical skin tightening procedure that delivers tummy tuck type results without invasive surgery!

Renowned Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, has performed hundreds of surgical tummy tucks. In this article explains how Profound skin tightening offers a revolutionary alternative to tummy tuck surgery for some patients.

Why Consider an Alternative to Tummy Tuck Surgery

There are, in fact, many patients who simply can’t or won’t undergo tummy tuck surgery. Many people are reluctant to commit to surgery because they are unwilling or unable to take off the time necessary for recovery from invasive surgery.

Others may have underlying health issues that make elective surgery to risky. And, some people, simply do not want to incur the expense of tummy tuck surgery.

For these people, a non surgical tummy tuck alternative can be the solution. Additionally, some patients may only need mild to moderate abdominal skin tightening – and so would prefer a less invasive alternative to surgery.

Radiofrequency Tummy Tuck Alternative

Dr. Ali is proud to be one of the only plastic surgeons in the greater Troy, MI area to offer state-of-the-art Profound skin tightening. Innovative Profound technology combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling to tighten the skin on the belly on a deep cellular level.

Tiny microneedles penetrate the abdominal skin, emitting RF thermal energy at a precise depth. The microscopic wounds stimulate the body’s natural healing process, while the radiofrequency stimulates the production of elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. The result is dramatically tightened and toned stomach area skin.

Tummy Tuck Results without Surgery

In clinical studies, Profound tightened skin in an astounding 100% of treated patients. And in controlled medical trials Profound skin tightening was shown to deliver an improvement in loose, lax skin equivalent to 37% of a surgical skin tightening.

Benefits of Profound Tummy Tuck Alternative

Traditional tummy tuck surgery requires general anesthetic (“putting under”), a large incision, as well as a recovery time of 2 to 4 weeks. And, while Dr. Ali is skilled at hiding tummy tuck scars, some scarring is inevitable with any surgery. Additionally, any time there is incisions, post-operative pain is unavoidable.

The Profound non-surgical skin tightening, however, utilizes the body’s own natural ability to restore and regenerate skin tone and texture – by re-accelerating the body’s own production of hyaluronic acid, elastin, and collagen. This means Profound is able tighten and tone the abdominal skin with no incisions – meaning that there are no scars and the patient does not have to be put under anesthetic.

There is also much shorter downtime with Profound than with tummy tuck surgery. Typically Profound patients can return to work or daily activities in 3 to 5 days.  And, best of all, Profound skin tightening costs much less than tummy tuck surgery.

Profound abdominal skin tightening only takes about 60 minutes, and delivers long-lasting results in just a single treatment! Profound abdominal skin tightening can also be offered along with noninvasive CoolSculpting or minimally invasive liposuction if belly skin doesn’t have enough elasticity to “snap back” after the fat loss.

It is important to remember though that Profound only delivers extraordinary skin tightening benefits, but it  does not repair torn or stretched  abdominal muscles. Only tummy surgery can repair damaged muscles that are causing a sagging belly.

Profound Tummy Tuck Alternative – Troy, MI Area

Just like tummy tuck surgery, Profound skin tightening can tighten and tone the abdomen. As long as the patient has good underlying abdominal muscle tone Profound may be a good alternative to tummy tuck surgery that eliminates the risks, scarring, costs and downtime of surgery.

If you live in the Troy, MI area, and are looking for an effective, affordable, non surgical alternative to a Tummy Tuck, schedule a consultation at AMAE Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Ali will assess your skin, answer all of your questions, and help you decide which stomach tightening procedure is right for you.

Troy, MI Area Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200

Less Downtime with the Mini Tummy Tuck

The “Mini Tummy Tuck” – 

The results of tummy tuck surgery can be amazing – providing one’s abdominal area with a toned, firm appearance. Tummy tucks are especially popular among women after childbirth, but the effects of a tummy tuck can be reaped by anyone. A tummy tuck is also a great way to tighten up one’s physique after significant weight loss. But since the traditional tummy tuck surgery is relatively invasive, many patients ask if similar results be attained through something less invasive.

In this article, board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses what is known as the Mini Tummy Tuck: a procedure that provides comparable skin tightening results, while being less invasive than traditional tummy tuck surgery.

Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery

To understand what makes the Mini Tummy Tuck so remarkable, we must first understand its traditional, more invasive predecessor. Tummy tuck surgery generally involves creating an incision in the abdomen area that runs all the way from one side to the other. This allows for the removal of excess skin. The abdominal skin is then pulled tight to create a smooth, toned stomach area.

In addition to removing and tightening loose skin, tummy tuck surgery may also include the removal of some unwanted fat. A traditional tummy tuck is also capable of repairing and restructuring the muscles of the treatment area, something especially beneficial from women whose abdominal muscles have separated following pregnancy.

At AMAE Plastic Surgery, we believe it is important for our patients to have an equal understanding of both the traditional tummy tuck surgery procedure as well as a Mini Tummy Tuck. While there are a number of similarities between the two, they are ultimately two very different procedures. Board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon will gladly help you determine which procedure is right for you during your consultation.

How a Mini Tummy Tuck Works

A full tummy tuck is performed to rejuvenate the entire upper and lower abdominal area. However, a Mini Tummy Tuck is performed to surgically tighten just the lower abdomen – through a less extensive procedure than a traditional tummy tuck. A Mini Tummy Tuck is ideal for correcting loose skin as well as stretch marks below the belly button. Patients at our Troy, MI area area plastic surgery practice regularly chose the Mini Tummy Tuck to get rid of what is sometimes called a “pouch” or “paunch” … that stubborn, saggy, lower belly.

During a Mini Tummy Tuck, loose abdominal muscles may be tightened through a single small incision, made just above the pubic mound. Then, after then removing any excess skin, the abdominal wall will be restored to a flat, smooth appearance. When completely healed, the scar from a Mini Tummy Tuck will be incredibly small, appearing as simply a thin, horizontal line, no longer than a few inches in length. So, any scarring is much smaller in a Mini Tummy Tuck.

While a great many people have left our Troy, MI area area practice thrilled with the results of their Mini Tummy Tuck, we must reiterate that the procedure is not right for everyone. The results of a Mini Tummy Tuck are not identical to traditional tummy tuck surgery. Excess skin, fat, or stretch marks located above the belly button cannot be treated with a Mini Tummy Tuck. Furthermore, as the name suggests, a Mini Tummy Tuck is capable of removing a much smaller amount of skin or fat than a full tummy tuck.

Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

With that in mind, the less invasive nature of the Mini Tummy Tuck makes the procedure highly desirable among patients visiting our Troy, MI area facility. While offering a small size of incision, the Mini Tummy Tuck is capable of producing some truly impressive results. And when a patient chooses to include liposuction in their Mini Tummy Tuck treatment plan, select areas of unwanted fat can be removed as well!

A Mini Tummy Tuck takes less time to perform than full tummy tuck surgery, and is an all-around less invasive procedure. Mini Tummy Tuck patients also enjoy a shorter and easier period of recovery, in addition to the smaller scar. And since a Mini Tummy Tuck entails physically removing excess abdominal skin as well as fat, the results of the procedure are frequently much more pronounced than those of non-surgical treatments like CoolSculpting.

Mini Tummy Tuck – Troy, MI area

In addition to full traditional tummy tuck surgery and mini tummy tucks, we also offer several less invasive procedures for getting a flatter, toned tummy, including liposuction, CoolSculpting and amazing new Profound skin tightening.

To learn more about the Mini Tummy Tuck, or other tummy toning procedures, contact AMAE Plastic Surgery for a consultation. Then come and relax in our Troy, MI area office while we help you look and feel better than ever.

Mini Tummy Tuck – Troy, MI area: 248-335-7200

Body Sculpting vs. Tummy Tuck Surgery

How Tummy Tuck Surgery Compares to Body-Sculpting Treatments

With so many new body sculpting treatments on the market, many people assume that tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a thing of the past. But while body sculpting, such as Liposuction, Coolsculpting, and “laser lipo” are very beneficial in removing fat, they do have limitations when it comes to toning and tightening loose skin and stretched muscles.

In this article Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses the differences between CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tucks.

Fat Freezing & Laser Treatments Compared to Tummy Tuck Surgery

While non-invasive body sculpting treatments like Coolsculpting are popular and effective for fat loss, these treatments do not remedy sagging skin or stretched abdominal muscles. For patients who still have muscle tone and tight skin, these non-invasive procedures may be sufficient alone, as the average body sculpting treatment reduces fat by about 25 percent.

But while body sculpting treatments like CoolSculpting and “laser lipo” kill stubborn fat cells by freezing or heating them, these treatments don’t affect underlying muscle separation or hanging skin issues.  Patients who need substantial fat reduction, or who have excessive skin or muscle sagging will be much happier with tummy tuck surgery results, which specifically addresses these concerns.

Liposuction Compared to Tummy Tucks Surgery

By comparison, Liposuction can reduce a more significant amount of fat than non-invasive sculpting methods such as Coolsculpting. But, Liposuction also only removes fat, and doesn’t tighten loose tummy muscles or flabby skin like tummy tuck surgery will. In fact, after liposuction flabby skin may even be more pronounced.

However, combining liposuction with a tummy tuck can provide stellar results – removing fat while also creating a tight toned abdominal area.

Advantages of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck surgery is considered the gold standard when it comes to body contouring. Tummy tuck results are long-lasting and stable, which means there is usually no refresher or maintenance procedure required.  (The exception is pregnancy, which can un-do the tummy tuck surgical process because it stretches the rectus muscles and skin.)

Tummy tuck surgery however is a more invasive medical procedure that carries slightly higher risks and longer downtime than CoolSculpting of liposuction. When considering tummy tuck surgery it is essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr, Ali who has performed hundreds of tummy tuck surgeries in Oakland and Macomb County.

Tummy tucks, also are able to repair and tighten stretched or damaged abdominal muscles, which neither CoolSculpting nor Liposuction can accomplish.

Macomb County Body Sculpting & Tummy Tuck Surgery

While most people look to new non-invasive technology procedures first – due to their affordability and reduced downtime – they should speak with Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali before making a decision. Unlike many other Macomb County medical offices and med spas, Dr. Ali offers all three types of body sculpting procedures, including CoolSculpting, Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery. He will help you determine which treatment will deliver the best results based on your individual concerns and desired outcomes.

Macomb County Body Sculpting & Tummy Tuck Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

Skin Removal & Tightening after Weight Loss

Skin Removal & Tightening after Weight Loss

Losing a large amount of weight is a phenomenal achievement! However, after losing so much weight, loose folds of skin can remain. This excess skin can cause heavy folds on the arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks, face, and abdomen. Thankfully, excess skin can be tightened or removed with surgery after weight loss. These surgeries include tummy tucks, or abdominoplasties; buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgeries; breast lifts; and arm lifts.

Skin removal surgery offers you a firmer, trimmer, toned body to complement your amazing weight loss achievement. Oakland County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali provides many types of surgery that can tighten your skin after weight loss.

Tummy Tuck Surgery after Weight Loss

After weight loss, patients have rid themselves of fatty tissue, but are often left with excess skin around the abdomen, flanks and lower back. This skin is normally of a poor quality, since it has lost its elasticity. Unlike excess fat, which can be lost through dieting or removed with liposuction, excess skin needs to be surgically removed.

Abdominoplasty (or “tummy tuck”) will benefit those individuals who need skin removed from the front and sides of the abdomen – for firm, tight “abs” after weight loss.

The incision is typically made in areas that can be cover by underwear or bathing suits. However, since these incisions do need to be longer to remove the excess skin, going to a highly skilled board certified plastic surgeon is essential. Board certified Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali ensures the smallest and least visible scars possible, while removing and tightening excess skin after weight loss.

Breast Lift Surgery after Weight Loss

After weight loss, breasts can lose their perkiness, and sag or droop. A breast lift can remedy this problem . A breast lift can firm and reshape your breasts, restoring a youthful and attractive appearance. During a breast lift, excess skin and tissue is removed, and nipples can be repositioned by Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Many female patients also get breast implants, in addition to breast lift surgery, to improve their breast shape, size and position after weight loss.

Arm Lift Skin Removal Surgery after Weight Loss

Another area that can be an issue after weight loss is hanging skin in the upper arms, sometimes referred to as “bat wings”. During an arm lift, loose skin is removed with an incision along the underside of the upper arm by Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Other surgical skin removal options include a back lift or bra line lift. During a back or bra line lift, excess skin is removed through incisions around the bra line. This leaves the patient with a firm and smooth upper back, and no loose or hanging skin.

Best Skin Removal Surgery after Weight Loss – Oakland County

Sagging skin can hinder your confidence and interfere with your enjoyment of life after your weight loss success. But skin removal and tightening surgery can be the next step to allow you to fully enjoy the benefits of weight loss. Board certified Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can perform skin removal and tightening surgery after your weight loss can help restore your firm and toned skin – leaving you with the contours you worked so hard for during your weight loss!

Oakland County Skin Removal & Tightening Consultation:  248-335-7200

Tummy Tucks Part 1: What You Need to Know

Tummy Tucks from Start to Finish
Part 1: What You Need to Know About Tummy Tucks

A tummy tuck – medically called abdominoplasty – is a common and safe surgery performed by a board certified plastic surgeon to flatten, tighten and tone the abdominal area.

Board certified Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has given hundreds of women and men the flat firm abs they desire with tummy tuck surgery. In this 4 part series Dr. Ali explains tummy tuck surgery from start to finish – and breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a tummy tuck, including whether a noninvasive body sculpting can give you the same results.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A “tummy tuck” tightens and reshapes the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin, giving your abdominal area a more pleasing, slimmer overall appearance. As a bonus, a tummy tuck can also take care of excess fat. However, the primary focus for the procedure focuses on the skin and the muscle.

During a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess sagging skin is removed. This leaves you with a flatter and better toned midsection, and corrects a protruding belly.

The skin is rather like elastic. Once it becomes too loose, it doesn’t spring back like it used to, leaving you with loose, sagging skin. No matter how much you exercise, and no matter how much weight you lose, that loose skin will not become taut again.

And then there’s the muscles. Normally, there is a little separation of perhaps a half inch or so between both sides of your “six pack” (technically known as the rectus muscle). As you age, due to certain lifestyle factors (pregnancy, lack of exercise, or weight gain/loss), the separation grows larger, and it loses its ability to “hold you in.” Unfortunately, once these muscles have spread apart, surgery is the only way to tighten them. A tummy tuck acts like an internal corset, and brings the muscle edges together, allowing them to pull your belly in.

Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

The decision to have any cosmetic procedure is very personal, and there are many reasons people decide to have tummy tucks. Some have had success losing weight with diet and exercise, but their abdomens still lack tone and protrude. Others wish to get rid of the excess skin that hangs around their belly after weight loss. Many women experience stretched out abdominal muscles and skin following pregnancy. And some people have bellies that “stick out” even though they are otherwise in good shape. A tummy tuck can help in any of these situations, resulting in a firmer, flatter abdomen.

Not everyone is an ideal tummy tuck candidate, however. The best candidates are in good health, at or near their ideal body weight, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about what the tummy tuck can, and can’t do.

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Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the body they love with tummy tuck surgery.  In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life after a tummy tuck – with firm, tight skin and muscles!

When you schedule a consultation with Troy, MI area surgeon Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your appearance goals.

Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200

 

Tummy Tucks Part 2: Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Tummy Tucks from Start to Finish
Part 2: Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

In this 4 part series Dr. Ali explains tummy tuck surgery from start to finish – and breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a tummy tuck, including whether a noninvasive body sculpting can give you the same results.

Tummy tucks are popular for both men and women, especially those whose bodies have undergone significant changes from weight loss or, in the case of women, pregnancy. However, tummy tucks are not for everyone.

Remember, tummy tucks have nothing to do with fat. The primary focus is on muscle repair and skin removal. If excess fat is the major focus as opposed to muscle separation or loose skin, or for those who plan on having children, there may be other, better options. In fact, about half of the women who think a tummy tuck is the answer to a flatter belly end up having liposuction instead. In males, the percentage is even higher.

Reasons to Put Off Having a Tummy Tuck

If you are still planning on having children or if you want to lose a significant amount of weight, you may want to put off making a decision to have a tummy tuck. Either of these factors can negatively affect the end result. If you think you may want more children, or if you are still working on reaching your desired weight, it’s best to hold off on a tummy tuck until these milestones are reached.

Some Alternatives to a Tummy Tuck

If excess fat is your main concern, liposuction may be something to consider. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes the fat that you can’t seem to get rid of through diet or exercise. People who have liposuction generally have a stable body weight, but would like to remove undesirable body fat in specific parts of the body. However, it does not remove cellulite or stretch marks, nor does it address muscle separation or loose skin.

How Tummy Tuck Compares to Non-Invasive Body-Sculpting

Tummy tucks are considerably more involved in terms of the surgery itself, and of course, the recovery. Noninvasive body-contouring procedures such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure are surface level procedures, and therefore can’t come close to achieving the results of a tummy tuck. The way these procedures work is by either freezing or heating fat cells to kill them off, but like liposuction, they don’t address the sagging skin or underlying muscle separation the tummy tuck targets.

If your major concern is excess fat, these noninvasive options can usually reduce superficial fat by an average of 25 percent. So, if you still have tight elastic skin and toned muscles that aren’t stretched, you may find the non-invasive options to be reasonable.

Skilled Tummy Tuck Surgeons

Identifying which procedure is right for you is a complicated question. Dr. Ali can help you explore the various options available, and will work with you to ensure that your goals are met in the best possible way.

A tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure, helping you regain the slimmer, more youthful silhouette that you long for. There are a lot of things to consider, however. No two patients are identical in terms of the result they hope for. Dr. Ali, a board certified plastic surgeon in Macomb County, will consult with you to determine your goals, and help you decide which procedure will most likely give you what you want. There are several options available.

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Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the body they love with tummy tuck surgery.  In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life after a tummy tuck – with firm, tight skin and muscles!

When you schedule a consultation with Troy, MI area surgeon Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your appearance goals.

Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200

 

Tummy Tuck Part 3: Types of Surgeries

Tummy Tucks from Start to Finish
Part 3: The Tummy Tuck Surgery – 

In this 4 part series Dr. Ali explains tummy tuck surgery from start to finish – and breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a tummy tuck, including whether a noninvasive body sculpting can give you the same results.

Preparing for your Tummy Tuck

If you are considering a tummy tuck, the first step is to schedule an appointment. Dr. Ali is a board certified plastic surgeon in Macomb County, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, with extensive experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. When you meet with Dr. Ali, you should be prepared to discuss why you want a tummy tuck, and what you hope the results will be.

Dr. Ali will review your medical history, including any current or past medical conditions, what medications you are taking, past surgeries, and allergies to medications. He will also ask you detailed questions about your history of weight gain and loss. He will then examine your abdomen, to determine your treatment options.

You will also be informed about potential risks, including the potential for scarring. Dr. Ali will tell you to avoid certain medications (such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and some herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding), and if you are a smoker, you will need to stop at least several weeks prior to the surgery date.

Ideally, you will have maintained a stable weight for the year prior to getting your surgery. If you are currently overweight, Dr. Ali may recommend that you lose weight before scheduling the procedure. If you lose a significant amount of weight after the surgery is completed, it can lessen the desired results.

Once your tummy tuck is scheduled, you should arrange for help after the surgery and during your recovery. You will need someone to drive you home after you leave the hospital, and ideally, to stay with you at least the first night of your recovery at home.

Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery

There are generally three types of tummy tuck surgeries, depending whether loose skin, loose muscles, or both with need to be surgically tightened.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A “mini” tummy tuck improves the lower belly with less extensive surgery. A candidate for a mini may be bothered by a “pooch” or loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button. This technique involves a single incision made just about the pubic mound, through which the loose muscles are tightened. Excess skin will be removed to restore a flat, smooth abdominal wall. The resulting scar will be a thin, horizontal line, just a few inches long.

Classic or Full Tummy Tuck

A classic or “full” tummy tuck improves both the upper and lower abdomen. If you are concerned about roundness and/or excess skin folds above and below your belly button, the full tummy tuck may be for you. Here, either a horizontal or U-shaped incision is made above the pubic mound.  Excess skin is then removed, and abdominal muscles are tightened. In some cases, a second incision is made around the navel to remove excess skin above the belly button. The scar will typically be a bit longer, running from hip bone to hip bone, but it can generally be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. A full tummy tuck will yield a flatter and smoother abdomen than the mini.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is the most comprehensive procedure. If you have lost a lot of weight or have experienced a number of pregnancies and now have excess sagging skin hanging around the front half of your body, the extended tummy tuck may be something to consider. In addition to tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin from the upper and lower abdomen, it also addresses excess skin around the flanks.

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Macomb County Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the body they love with tummy tuck surgery.  In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life after a tummy tuck – with firm, tight skin and muscles!

When you schedule a consultation with Macomb County surgeon Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your appearance goals.

Macomb County Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200

Tummy Tucks Part 4:  During & After

Tummy Tuck from Start to Finish
Part 4: During & After the Tummy Tuck

In this 4 part series Dr. Ali explains tummy tuck surgery from start to finish – and breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a tummy tuck, including whether a noninvasive body sculpting can give you the same results.

What You Can Expect During the Tummy Tuck Procedure

Tummy tucks are done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. You will be under a general anesthesia, which means you will be completely unconscious and unable to feel any pain.

During the procedure itself, Dr. Ali will make incisions to remove excess skin between your belly button and pubic hair. Depending on the extent of your surgery, Dr. Ali might also address any excess fat, removing it the same way it would be removed during traditional liposuction.

The fascia, which overlies the abdominal muscles, will be tightened with permanent sutures. Finally, the incision will be stitched together.

The procedure typically takes about three hours from start to finish, but of course that depends upon what type of tummy tuck you choose to have.

Before finishing the procedure, Dr. Ali will probably place drains in your stomach to remove any extra fluid that may build up as you heal, allowing the newly stretched skin to stick to the muscle. (The drains will be removed after about a week.)

What Happens to the Belly Button in a Tummy Tuck

In a full tummy tuck, the skin above the belly button will be pulled down so that it will cover both the upper and lower abdomen. Some patients are surprised to notice that an existing birthmark or mole that was located above their belly button before the operation has moved to below the belly button after the surgery. Your belly button, however, will be brought out through a small incision and sutured in its normal position.

After a Tummy Tuck

After spending time in recovery, you will be released to go home, and your recovery process will begin. Before you leave, Dr. Ali will likely cover your abdominal incision and your bellybutton with surgical dressings. Small tubes may be placed along the incision to drain any excess fluid or blood. You will need to have a driver take you home, and it is a good idea to have arranged for someone to be with you for at least the first night after the surgery.

The length of your recovery will depend upon the type of tummy tuck performed, as well as how much skin was removed. The recovery period is usually much shorter for a mini-tummy tuck.

Drains may be left in place at the surgery site for a few days after the surgery. Typically, DR. Ali will also prescribe antibiotics and an anticoagulants while the drains are in place. You will also be given a prescription for pain management – although some patients only require over-the-counter pain relievers.

Recovery from a Tummy Tuck

Once you get home, the recuperation process begins. Most patients find that positioning their bed to keep the upper body slightly elevated and knees at an angle for the first few days after surgery is helpful in terms of comfort level.

It could take a few days to a week before you feel completely comfortable standing fully erect. Patients often walk slightly bent over due to the tightness of their abdomens.

Light walking right after the surgery is advised, and in fact, it’s good for you. However, you should avoid hitting the gym for at least two weeks, and consult with Dr. Ali before you try anything strenuous. Generally, tummy tuck patients take at least two weeks off of work, and maybe more, depending on what the job entails. After about five weeks, most patients are usually able to completely resume their normal activities. Of course, everyone is different.

Patients typically wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks, to avoid fluid buildup and help support the abdomen. Patients need to avoid strenuous activity, including exercise and lifting for at least six weeks.

Macomb County Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the body they love with tummy tuck surgery.  In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life after a tummy tuck – with firm, tight skin and muscles!

When you schedule a consultation with Macomb County surgeon Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your appearance goals.

Macomb County Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200