Do you struggle with loose, hanging skin around your abdomen? Do you ever wish you could get rid of it once and for all?
You don’t have to live with an untoned tummy forever. Tummy tuck surgery addresses excess abdominal skin and delivers striking results.
At Karol Gutowski, MD in Chicago, IL, you can see our past patients’ results for yourself. We use proven surgical techniques to give you the best tummy tuck results possible.
How Abdominoplasty Works
What is a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery, officially known as abdominoplasty, removes and tightens loose skin that hangs down around your tummy and pubic area. The procedure results in a more contoured, slimmer physique.
Thanks to our unique approach to tummy tuck surgery, you don’t have to worry about long recovery times or other inconveniences. Our abdominoplasty technique delivers aesthetically pleasing results while getting you back on your feet soon after surgery.
How does abdominoplasty work?
First, we determine the type of tummy tuck that you need. Some patients get mini tummy tucks, while others combine tummy tuck surgery with liposuction. We will help you figure out what works best for you during your initial consultation.
On the day of your surgery, we will put you under general anesthesia. We’ll make an incision just below your bikini line near your pelvis. This placement reduces the visibility of tummy tuck scars.
Next, we’ll pull any loose skin tight over your abdomen and cut away any unnecessary patches of skin. If you suffer from separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) or other abdominal muscle concerns, we’ll rearrange them for your comfort.
Once your tummy is in the condition we discussed in your treatment plan, we’ll close the incision and complete the surgery. You will spend a few hours recovering at the surgery center, and then you can likely go home. Some patients may need to stay a little longer for observation.
Who Needs a Tummy Tuck?
There are numerous reasons you may have loose skin and poor abdominal muscle tone. Here are some of the most common.
If you have had one or more children naturally, you may have some loose skin around your abdomen. This outcome is normal, as the skin on your tummy has to expand to make room for your growing baby.
After you give birth, your abdominal skin does not always retract to its original shape, leaving you with stretched-out, hanging skin in your midsection.
Some pregnancies cause separation of the abdominal muscles, which can be uncomfortable and interfere with gaining muscle tone. We correct this condition during a full tummy tuck procedure.
You can achieve a slimmer, more contoured abdomen after pregnancy when you come to us for abdominoplasty.
Significant Weight Loss
Losing weight is a great achievement that can benefit your health in many ways. Unfortunately, with extreme weight loss can come loose skin.
You may wonder why your abdominal area does not look as slim and toned as it could. Sometimes, loose skin gets in the way after major weight loss journeys.
You deserve to show off your weight loss results without loose skin weighing you down. During an abdominoplasty procedure, we tighten loose skin and remove excess skin that you don’t need anymore.
You can proudly display the contoured physique that you’ve worked hard for after this surgery.
With age, the amount of collagen that your skin produces starts to decline. The result is diminished skin elasticity, or skin that doesn’t stay tight and in place.
Many middle-aged patients discover that their tummies have more loose and hanging skin than they are used to. This is natural and normal, but it doesn’t have to be your reality. With a tummy tuck, you can tighten and tone your midsection no matter what age you are.
Why Choose Us for Abdominoplasty?
When you are choosing a surgeon for your tummy tuck surgery, it’s important to know what sets them apart from the others in your area. Our practice in Chicago, IL, offers unique benefits for patients seeking abdominoplasty.
No-Drain Tummy Tuck
We have adopted a “no-drain” method for our tummy tuck procedures.
During traditional tummy tucks, your surgeon would place a drain under your skin to collect excess fluid and remove it from your system. This tends to cause discomfort for patients and raises the risk of potential complications.
We do not use this method. We perform no-drain tummy tucks, so you do not have to worry about getting the drain removed during a follow-up appointment. This method speeds up your recovery process and increases your comfort.
More Comfortable Procedures
We use something called an abdominal anesthetic block that prevents any abdominal discomfort for a day or two after your surgery. The block significantly increases your comfort after the procedure so that you can get back to normal life much faster.
We also use other pain reduction techniques that other surgeons do not, which makes us the best choice for your tummy tuck surgery. If you want a fast recovery and a comfortable post-operative experience, come to us.
We encourage patients to walk around often after their surgery. Walking gets your body used to movement after surgery and speeds up your recovery. You will experience more comfort and easier mobility if you gently move as soon as you can.
Get a Tummy Tuck in Chicago, IL
Come to Karol Gutowski, MD for your abdominoplasty needs. We serve patients in Chicago, IL, and the surrounding area. Book a consultation with us today.