“Tummy tuck” surgery, more formally known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess fatty tissue and loose, hanging skin, as well as lifting and tightening the underlying abdominal musculature. One of the most common “problem areas”, the abdomen is very easily impacted by the aging process, gravity, pregnancy and childbirth, hormonal imbalances, significant weight gain or loss, stress, and even genetics. Even for individuals who are at or near their ideal weight, the appearance of a flat, defined abdomen can remain problematic, undermined by weak or damaged abdominal musculature, stubborn pockets of excess fat that resist elimination through diet and exercise, and loose, sagging, hanging skin. Tummy tuck surgery addresses all of these problems simultaneously in order to sculpt a more chiseled and toned, naturally-beautiful stomach.
Dr. Bryson Richards in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a highly skilled, talented surgeon with the years of experience performing abdominoplasty and other body contouring procedures needed to ensure long-lasting, successful results. His goal is to work closely with each and every patient to develop a customized surgical plan using advanced surgical techniques in order to achieve each patient's unique aesthetic goals while minimizing the appearance of unsightly scarring and ensuring your complete satisfaction with your contoured abdomen and stunning physique.
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An abdominoplasty is a highly personalized procedure and varies significantly from patient to patient depending on the scale of correction required to achieve a flat, toned abdomen. Patients desiring a full tummy tuck with liposuction may require 3-5 hours for their procedure, while others may need only 1-2 hours for a less extensive “tuck”. Abdominoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure either under general anesthesia or IV sedation. During your initial consultation, Dr. Richards will work with you to develop a precise surgical plan designed to achieve your unique aesthetic goals, while providing specific details on your surgery and post-operative recovery.
The abdominoplasty will begin with a horizontal incision across the abdomen, just above the pubic area; Dr. Richards takes every precaution to keep the incision as short and as low as possible, enabling it to remain hidden beneath a bathing suit. Should so-called “dog ears” develop as a result of keeping the incision as short and low as possible, Dr. Richards will perform the simple revision surgery as a complimentary service six months to a year after the original abdominoplasty. After making the incision, Dr. Richards will then excise any loose, hanging skin, perform liposuction if required to eliminate pockets of excess fatty tissue, and repair and strengthen the abdominal muscles with internal sutures. For patients requiring more extensive tissue removal and repair, Dr. Richards may create a second incision around the naval, always taking great care to reposition the belly button into an aesthetically pleasing position and ensure that it complements your new, contoured abdomen! Dr. Richards will then add temporary drains for fluid drainage, suture the external incision(s), and dress the wound with a bandage or compression garment.
Although as with details of your surgery, your specific recovery plan will depend on your surgery as well as your general health and medical history. All patients, however, are advised to refrain from strenuous physical activity for at least six weeks, and many patients choose to take up to a month off work to ensure optimal healing. The results of your abdominoplasty will be visible and noticeable immediately, as soon as the initial swelling subsides, and will continue to improve over several months as all residual swelling disappears.
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At Dr. Bryson Richards' practice located in Las Vegas, Nevada, we strive to offer a comprehensive menu of aesthetic services designed to deliver long lasting, highly effective results while minimizing discomfort and downtime, as well as the potential for risk and complications, as much as possible. Dr. Bryson Richards is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon dedicated to utilizing only the most state-of-the-art technologies and techniques, while maintaining exceptionally high standards of patient education and care at all times. Whether you are seeking non-invasive rejuvenation to enhance your youthful glow or a surgical solution to a long-standing aesthetic concern, Dr. Richards and his highly trained, fully licensed staff will work closely with you to develop a treatment approach that is custom-tailored to achieve your unique goals and enhance your unique beauty.
If you would like more information on the benefits of a tummy tuck with Dr. Richards, or would like to learn more about our other surgical and non-surgical procedures, we encourage you to contact our office for a consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you!