Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Las Vegas Tummy Tuck
Confidence in Yourself and Your Surgeon
Experience matters. A tummy tuck leaves patients with a flatter, more toned abdominal area that fits the natural contours of your body. Las Vegas tummy tuck specialist Dr. Alexander can improve a patient's appearance and confidence by helping them look and feel younger and slimmer. The results of this procedure are visible right away and will continue to improve over time. With a healthy diet and regular exercise program, results are long-lasting. Scars are permanent, but fade with time, leaving your stomach sleeker and more defined.
Pregnancy, aging and weight changes are the most common reasons patients develop a sagging abdomen. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that effectively flattens and shapes the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. This procedure is ideal for patients with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven't responded well to traditional diet and exercise.
Individualized Care for Optimal Cosmetic Results
We take the time during every pre-operative consultation to learn what patients want to achieve from abdominal contouring, both for their bodies and for their self-confidence. By listening to what patients have to say and closely examining them, rather than performing a one-size-fits-all procedure on every person, we provide patients with a completely individualized treatment that takes into account their specific goals, and the wisdom gained by Dr. Alexander's expertise.
Types of Abdominoplasty
Dr. Alexander's first step towards improving your abdominal contour is to determine if your problem is due to weak abdominal muscles, excess fatty tissue, excess skin, or a combination of these. Your treatment recommendations will then be individualized based on Dr. Alexander's extensive and unique experience. It may include the following:
- A mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar), and the lower abdominal muscles in some patients.
- Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair.
- Standard abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen wall skin and muscles (standard scar).
- Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto the lower back).
The abdominoplasty procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in an accredited/certified outpatient suite. In a standard abdominoplasty, Dr. Alexander will begin by making an incision that stretches from hipbone to hipbone close to the pubic area, and another one around the navel. The skin will then be separated from the abdominal muscles, which are pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist.
The skin flap is then stretched down and over the newly tightened muscles, excess skin is removed and the navel is reattached in a natural position. Lastly, Dr. Alexander will close the incisions with fine absorbable sutures and an advanced skin adhesive to minimize scars and cover the area with soft surgical dressings. An abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours to perform, but may vary depending on the type of procedure performed.
Recovery from Abdominoplasty
Allow yourself time to relax and heal. Recovery time varies with each patient. The first night we suggest an overnight stay at an aftercare facility with a nursing staff available to monitor and assist you. After the first night, most patients rest at home for at least two weeks, gradually advancing to normal activities. It is recommended that once you are home you have a responsible friend or family member to accompany you during the early stages of healing.
Most patients return to work with restrictions after 2-4 weeks and may gradually begin to advance to exercise 4-6 weeks after surgery. Dr. Alexander will give you specific instructions for your individual and best recovery. Following these instructions can help speed up your healing and reduce the risk of any post-surgery complications.
After the abdominoplasty procedure, patients can enjoy a flatter, more toned abdominal area that fits the natural contours of the body. This procedure can improve a patient's appearance and confidence by helping them look and feel younger and slimmer.
The results of this procedure are visible right away and will continue to improve over time. Scars are permanent, but will gradually fade. Patients can rest assured that they are in the hands of a highly skilled and knowledgeable surgeon.