If you are having difficulty slimming and firming your abdomen even though you eat right and work out regularly, you are not alone. Many women and men struggle with a belly bulge, loose abdominal skin, and pockets of stubborn fat after pregnancy and significant weight loss. Dr. Jared Nimtz recommends abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in Lexington, KY, to give patients the firm contours they can’t achieve on their own. Women and men considering a tummy tuck travel from Louisville, London, and throughout Kentucky to have Dr. Nimtz perform their surgeries.
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is a body contouring procedure that improves the appearance of the midsection by tightening lax skin and repairing stretched abdominal muscles. It can be a good option after pregnancy or significant weight loss.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Lexington and London, KY?
The price of a tummy tuck varies depending on the extent of treatment needed as well as other possible factors. After you meet with Dr. Nimtz, we will provide a cost estimate for the procedure. We do offer CareCredit® as a financing option, and our office also accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover as well as cash or personal checks.
Who Is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Candidates for a tummy tuck should be at a stable, healthy weight. Dr. Nimtz performs this procedure to correct the following concerns:
- Protruding abdomen
- Loose, sagging abdominal skin
- Misshapen bellybutton
Women who desire a tummy tuck should not be planning to have more children; this could stretch out the skin and abdominal muscles again.
Do I Need a Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, or Both?
Tummy tucks and liposuction are surgical procedures that provide different benefits and are often performed together.
- Tummy tucks correct lax abdominal skin, bulging ab muscles, a stretched out belly button, or a combination of these concerns.
- Liposuction removes areas of stubborn abdominal fat that is often on the belly, waist, and hips.
Most patients need the improvements provided by both procedures for a smooth belly, attractive navel, and contoured waist.
Dr. Jared Nimtz
Dr. Nimtz is a Lexington board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly skilled, experienced, and truly cares about his patients. Through a conservative, classic approach to surgery he provides natural-looking results that are attractive and proportionate.Meet Dr. Nimtz
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
During a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Nimtz removes excess abdominal skin and tissue. The muscle layers can also be tightened to give women a more hourglass shape and men a more chiseled appearance. Typically this procedure includes liposuction of the flanks to offer a final trim look.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Patients whose skin retains most of its elasticity or who have a minor protruding abdomen may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck, which requires a smaller incision. This approach is especially useful when the excess skin and fat are below the navel.
Tummy Tuck Incision Options
Because women wear bathing suits and underwear low and closer to the hip these days, Dr. Nimtz makes tummy tuck incisions as low as possible. We often have patients bring in a bathing suit bottom or underwear so he can see where they would like their incision to be hidden. He cannot go too low into the pubic area because it can disrupt the function of the genitalia.
Can a Tummy Tuck Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Dr. Nimtz often combines tummy tucks with liposuction and other body contouring or breast enhancement procedures. For example, a tummy tuck is commonly combined with breast augmentation or a breast lift—a combination usually called a mommy makeover. It is also common to combine a brachioplasty, or arm lift, especially for post weight-loss patients.
Can I Still Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck?
It is possible to get pregnant after a tummy tuck, but patients considering abdominoplasty should not be planning to have more children. That’s because the same physical changes that occur during pregnancy—stretching out the skin and abdominal muscles—will compromise the results of a tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck for Men
A tummy tuck is a similar procedure whether it’s performed on a woman or a man. While many women have tummy tucks after pregnancy, men frequently have the surgery after massive weight loss. Dr. Nimtz places the incison low on the abdomen where it is hidden by underwear and swim trunks.
Tummy Tuck Alternatives
Men and women who have some skin laxity, but do not need or want surgery may be interested in a nonsurgical option. Laser skin tightening with our Fotona4D® laser is an in-office procedure that requires approximately 2 to 3 treatments. While the results are not as significant as with a tummy tuck, patients have seen improvement in the skin laxity around their abdomen.
Tummy Tuck Recovery & Results
Recovery after a tummy tuck depends on the individual patient and the extent of the procedure. There is a general time frame for recovery, but factors that can influence the healing process include:
- General health
- Type of tummy tuck
- Post-surgery care
We provide detailed post-op instructions that can help minimize discomfort, greatly reduce the risk of complications, and get you back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. Most patients begin seeing the results of the overall contour about 4 to 5 months after the surgery, but it can take up to a year for the incision to completely heal. You can see our patients’ before-and-after photos in our photo gallery to see the type of results Dr. Nimtz creates.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
Is tummy tuck surgery safe?
Abdominoplasty is safe when an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon performs the procedure on a healthy patient who follows the post-op instructions carefully.
Will I have drains after the surgery?
Yes. Surgical drains are necessary for proper healing. They limit swelling and prevent infection by removing fluid from the surgical area. Most patients have their drains removed 6 to 10 days after surgery along with any sutures.
Will my bellybutton be repositioned?
Yes, if you have a complete tummy tuck. Dr. Nimtz pulls the lax abdominal skin down to the pubic area and smooths it out. The bellybutton remains fixed on the abdomen, so he must create a new opening for it in the tightened abdominal skin. He then trims away the excess skin and closes both the incision in the bellybutton and the low horizontal incision above the pubic area.
Does a tummy tuck remove stretch marks on the abdomen?
Yes, to some extent. A standard tummy tuck removes lax abdominal skin, including any stretch marks, from the bellybutton down to the pubic area. Stretch marks that were above the bellybutton before surgery are moved down below the bellybutton where they may be concealed by underwear and bikini bottoms.
Will I lose weight from a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure; however, patients often go down in clothing size when they are free of the excess, lax skin and protruding abdominal muscles are repaired.
Can a tummy tuck fix diastasis recti?
This separation of the left and right rectus abdominis muscles is common after pregnancy. Sometimes the muscles return to their normal position, in other cases, they remain stretched apart and create a belly bulge. Diastatis repair is a common part of tummy tuck surgery, either on its own or along with the removal of excess skin.
How painful is tummy tuck surgery?
Most patients experience some degree of discomfort for the first few weeks after surgery. Pain after a tummy tuck varies between patients and the specifics of the surgery. Abdominal muscle repair typically creates more discomfort than skin tightening. Dr. Nimtz prescribes pain medication that is effective for most patients.
Can you bend over after an abdominoplasty?
Actually, most tummy tuck patients have difficulty standing completely upright for the first week or so. Bending over to pick up anything over 10 pounds should be avoided until cleared by Dr. Nimtz. It’s important to begin walking and other light activities as soon as possible after surgery, but hold off on any straining or strenuous exercise for 4 to 6 weeks.
How long will I feel tightness in my abdomen after surgery?
The initial tightness that prevents patients from standing completely upright typically lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Patients who have abdominal muscle tightening usually have this feeling longer than patients who don’t.
How long do tummy tucks last?
Tummy tuck results can last indefinitely if you do not gain a significant amount of weight or become pregnant.
Individuals considering a tummy tuck travel from Louisville and other areas surrounding Lexington to Commonwealth Plastic Surgery for rejuvenating tummy tuck results. Request a consultation online today or call (859) 277-9435 for an appointment.