Most people are familiar with the tummy tuck procedure which is commonly performed to remove loose skin after weight loss. What is less commonly known are the specifics associated with this procedure. Tummy tuck is not meant for those who still have weight to lose and it can be dangerous to perform the procedure on those who require liposuction as well to reach their desired result. If liposuction is needed, often a patient is advised to wait after the lipo procedure has had time to heal and then they return for the tummy tuck. Now, a new method allows for both high volume lipo and tummy tuck all in one.
The Smooth Tuck? was developed by board-certified New York plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. He noticed that many patients were coming to him interested in a tummy tuck. However, they were still 20-30 lbs overweight and weren't ideal candidates for the procedure. "These patients were really still too overweight for a traditional tummy tuck which is designed to remove loose skin. What those patients really needed was liposuction." he said. So he invented the Smooth Tuck which combines high volume lipo of the abdomen and flanks with the surgical removal of loose and hanging skin.
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"With the Smooth Tuck, we're able to remove the fat and provide patients who are considered 'too obese' for a tummy tuck with the improved contours they desire," describes Dr. Schulman. Patients enjoy minimal downtime and post-operative discomfort. They are typically able to return to work in 7 days and resume normal activities in 14 days. With a tummy tuck, patients could expect to spend 2 weeks off of work and it could take 6-8 weeks before they could resume normal physical activity.
The main reason Dr. Schulman is able to perform this procedure safely is that this tummy tuck does not involve muscle work. Commonly, when a patient requires a tummy tuck, the stomach muscles are tightened as well in order to better improve the overall skin tightness. "With the Smooth Tuck, there is no muscle work. This maintains the blood supply to the abdominal wall. You can't do liposuction to the upper area of the abdominals and do muscle work because you run into wound healing problems. Because we avoid the muscle work, we can do the lipo as well," says Dr. Schulman. It's important to note that patients who would usually need muscle work are not ideal candidates for the Smooth Tuck.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours. There is immediate improvement, and patients are really happy after 1 month. As with most cosmetic surgeries, patients enjoy continued improvement for 6 months to 1 year. As with any surgery there is a risk of wound healing and anesthetic reactions. Generally though, there are no major complications with the surgery.
Currently, the Smooth Tuck is only offered at Dr. Schulman's New York office, Matthew Schulman Plastic Surgery. He's performed around 100 of these procedures since early 2009, and the all-inclusive cost is usually around $10,000, which is slightly less than a typical tummy tuck. One of the great side benefits of the procedure is that patients tend to feel better about themselves and lose weight following surgery.
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