A flat, well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. However, regardless of the effort, sometimes these methods do not help us achieve our cosmetic goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can accumulate loose, sagging skin or excess fat in the abdomen. The most common causes of this condition include heredity, multiple pregnancies, prior surgery, significant fluctuations in weight or congenital spine abnormalities that affect posture.
Dr. DeMars is a highly skilled plastic surgeon with multiple years’ experience performing various body contouring procedures, including tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is proud of his reputation as a leading Portland tummy tuck specialist — the result of hundreds of successful abdominoplasty procedures and numerous testimonials from satisfied patients. In fact, Dr. DeMars’ reputation is such that he attracts tummy tuck patients from throughout the Portland metropolitan area.
What Does Tummy Tuck Correct?
Tummy tuck treats excess fat deposits and loose, sagging skin to smooth and flatten the abdomen. It can also repair weakened or separated abdominal muscles for a leaner abdominal profile.
“Dr DeMars and his staff are all wonderful, and the professionalism was outstanding. I felt very well taken care of, very informed of the procedures I was having and expectations during my consultation. The surgeries and healing process went extremely well. In 2010 I had a Breast Augmentation & Chin Augment. The enhancements were done perfectly, I could not be happier with the result. I went back in 2014 for a Tummy Tuck and muscle tightening. After having kids I was very self-conscious of my stomach and loose skin & didn’t feel comfortable in a swim suit anymore. Working out proved no result in my mid-section and I felt very discouraged. After this procedure I have my confidence back and am able to wear a fitted shirt and bikini again! He took great attention to detail and the scar line is below my panty line and swim suits. I am beyond pleased with my results. Best Decision!”
Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
Dr. DeMars meets with all tummy tuck candidates to evaluate them for surgery and start drafting a surgical plan. During your consultation, he will perform a physical examination of your abdomen, noting the quality of your skin, the amount of excess fat and other areas of concern. He will also inquire about your health status and medical history.
If Dr. DeMars decides that you are a good candidate for surgery, and you move forward with scheduling your procedure, you will receive detailed information about how to prepare and what to expect afterward. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have in order to go into surgery feeling confident and well-informed.
Tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure performed under anesthesia for your comfort.
Dr. DeMars will begin by making the surgical incision just above the pubic line, from hipbone to hipbone. The incision is carefully placed low enough to be concealed beneath a panty or bikini line.
Through the incision, Dr. DeMars will remove excess skin and fat. He will stitch separated or weakened abdominal muscles together. He may also relocate the belly button higher on the abdomen, using an additional incision. Dr. DeMars will re-drape the remaining skin more tightly across the abdomen and close the incisions with sutures. Finally, he will place a support garment to help the tissues heal.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck
Dr. DeMars will provide detailed instructions for you to follow as you recover from surgery. You will also have a prescription for pain medication if you need it.
Your abdomen will be sore, swollen and bruised after surgery; these side effects will gradually lessen over time. The support garment will help compress the abdominal tissues as they heal. Generally, Dr. DeMars recommends that you rest as much as possible and avoid any strenuous movement, bending or lifting. He will meet with you for several follow-up visits and let you know when to resume work, exercise and other activities.
|Consult Day||During the consultation the patient meets with Dr. DeMars and goals are reviewed, an exam is done, and surgical plans are made. . The patient will have prescriptions for pain medications, antibiotics and muscle relaxants mailed to them.|
|Surgery||A typically abdominoplasty with liposuction contouring of the flanks takes between 2 and 2.5 hours. The patient receives an intravenous antibiotic prior to beginning procedure.|
|Recovery Room||Approximately 2 hours . The patient must be sent home with a responsible adult who should plan on spending the night.|
|After Surgery||Patients are sent home in a binder or corset with 1 drain in place. The drain should be emptied as needed. Patients should be ambulating to go to the bathroom but limited to walking around the house.|
|Postoperative Visit #1||Typically 7 days after surgery. Incisions are checked and drains are removed. Patient continues in an abdominal binder. You are permitted to shower after this visit.|
|Postoperative Visit #2||Typically 2 weeks after surgery. Incisions are checked. Sutures are trimmed if needed. Most patients are able to return to a desk job. By 14 days after surgery, compression garment can usually be removed. Scar treatments can be started.|
|Postoperative Visit #3||Usually about 6 weeks after surgery. Able to begin light walking on treadmill. No exercises that engage “core” musculature – no sit ups, crunches or planks until 8 weeks after surgery.|
|Further Visits||Further visits are at patient discretion and there is never a fee.|
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery and how it can improve your physique, please call Dr. DeMars at 503-253-3458 and schedule a consultation.