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Abdominoplasty
(Tummy Tuck)

What is it?

Considering a tummy tuck in Ft. Myers? Contact Audrey Farahmand, female board certified plastic surgeon.. This procedure is also known as abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the lower and middle abdomen. Also during a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened with permanent sutures and the belly button is repositioned.

The procedure can dramatically improve the contour of the abdomen. The scar is positioned just above the pubic hair and , depending on the extent of excess skin, may extend from hip to hip. This scar can be positioned so that it will be covered with a bathing suit. There is also an incision around the belly button which is repositioned during the surgery.

Recovery from a tummy tuck can take up to three weeks depending on the patient’s pre-operative condition. For more information on tummy tuck procedures in the Fort Myers, Florida area, please contact us at 239-332-2388.


Procedure

The Consult
During your initial consult for abdominoplasty, Dr. Farahmand will examine you to determine if you are a good candidate. In general, patients with loose abdominal skin , stretch marks, or loose abdominal muscles make good candidates for abdominoplasty. Dr. Farahmand will show you where your incision will be located. She will also determine if you would be a candidate for liposuctioning of the hips at the same time as the abdominoplasty. She will explain the recovery process and answer all of your questions about the procedure.

The Pre-op Appointment
During your Pre-Op appointment, Dr. Farahmand will give you specific instructions as to which medications to avoid before and after surgery. She will also review with you your before and after instructions. Vital signs and photos will be taken. You will be able to ask the doctor any questions you have about your upcoming surgery. The staff will also provide you with a set of written instructions for before and after the surgery.

The Surgery
Abdominoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure. You will be able to speak with the Anesthesiologist before the surgery to ask any questions. The surgery takes anywhere from 1 to 3 hours depending on the size of the patient and whether or not liposuctioning is being performed. Drains are inserted which will later be removed in Dr. Farahmand’s office. A compression garment will also be applied in the recovery room.


Recovery

Dr. Farahmand instructs her abdominoplasty patients to walk hunched over for one week after the surgery. This takes tension off of the incision as it is healing. For this reason, most patients stay at home the first week. During the second week, patients are encouraged to stand up straight and resume light household activities. Some patients with desk jobs return to work this second week. By the third week, most patients have returned to work. However, if the patient’s job requires them to be on their feet all day or to do a lot of walking, they may want to take more time off. No heavy lifting or exercise is allowed for 6 weeks. The drains will be removed once the drainage amounts have decreased in volume and when the fluid has lightened in color. The purpose of the drains is to help prevent infection by removing fluid. Dr. Farahmand instructs her patients to wear the compression wrap for 3 weeks after the surgery and she gives patients scar care instructions.


Success
Story

“ There is not enough I can say about the experience I had at Farahmand Plastic Surgery. Dr. Farahmand and her staff are remarkable. Having waited years to have a Tummy Tuck I was very apprehensive about the procedure. After my first consultation with Dr. Farahmand all of my worries were put to rest. Dr. Farahmand shows the upmost in professionalism and yet is very caring at the same time. Each of her staff members makes you feel as if you are the most important patient they have. Every question is answered thoroughly and no question is ignored. The results of my Tummy Tuck are phenomenal. The scar is minute compared to how I imagined it would be…I would not hesitate to have Dr. Farahmand perform surgery on me again and would expect the same magnificent results.”
— D.S.


Before
& After

Procedure: Abdominoplasty with liposuctioning of the hip rolls

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