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.
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.
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.