Tighten Up Your Midsection With  Tummy Tuck in Washington, DC

Many factors can cause your abdominal area to become loose, resulting in sagging skin that can’t be resolved with diet or exercise. Whether it be due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, genetics, or the effects of aging, it’s very common for the midsection to develop skin laxity and for the abdominal muscles to become weak. With a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Douglas Forman, you can tighten up your belly to help create the firm, toned physique that you crave.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles. The goal of the procedure is typically to create a firmer, more toned stomach and a slimmer overall physique. 

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Types of Tummy Tucks

If you’re interested in undergoing a tummy tuck in Washington, DC, you’ll have several versions of the procedure to choose from. Each type of abdominoplasty with Dr. Forman has its own unique advantages to consider:

Complete Abdominoplasty

A complete abdominoplasty is the most extensive type of tummy tuck. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the entire abdominal area. A thin incision is made at the bikini line from hip to hip, easily hidden by a swimsuit bottom or underwear. During the procedure, the abdominal muscles are surgically tightened to create a flatter, more toned stomach contour.

Partial Abdominoplasty

A partial abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, is a less invasive procedure compared to a complete abdominoplasty. This procedure is performed by making a shorter incision through which excess skin and fat on the lower abdominal area are removed

Extended Abdominoplasty

An extended abdominoplasty is similar to a complete abdominoplasty, but it involves a longer incision. This type of tummy tuck is ideal for patients who have more extensive excess skin and fat in the abdominal area as well as on the hips and lower back. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from all three of these areas to provide more comprehensive results.

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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

  • A firmer and more toned abdomen
  • Stronger, tighter abdominal muscles
  • Removal of excess abdominal skin and fat
  • A slimmer, more youthful figure
  • Improved posture
  • Improved athletic performance and mobility
  • Improved self-confidence and self-image
  • Long-lasting results
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Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Adults dealing with loose, sagging abdominal skin could be good candidates for a tummy tuck in DC with Dr. Forman. To be an ideal candidate for the procedure, you should meet the following qualifications:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area
  • Have weakened or separated abdominal muscles
  • Have the desire for a firmer, more toned midsection
  • Are relatively close to your ideal weight
  • Are a non-smoker or willing to temporarily quit
  • Are not pregnant or nursing
  • Have reasonable expectations for the surgical results

What Should I Expect From the Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Your first step before undergoing a tummy tuck will be to sit down for a private consultation with Dr. Forman. During this meeting, the doctor will listen to your needs and aesthetic goals, which will allow him to create a treatment plan that fits your unique situation. He’ll also answer any questions you have, examine you, and ask about your medical history to ensure that you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

Typically, a tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Your abdominoplasty in DC will be administered right at our on-site accredited surgical center. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Forman will make a thin incision in your lower abdomen, remove excess skin and fat, and tighten your abdominal muscles.

However, keep in mind that these specifics can vary depending on which type of tummy tuck you’re undergoing. When he’s finished making your desired adjustments, Dr. Forman will use sutures to close your incision and apply bandages to the area. He may use drains to ensure no fluid builds up in the area during the first few days of healing.

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How Long Is the Recovery Time?

Most patients need to rest for around two weeks after a tummy tuck before returning to work and resuming their normal routines. During this time, you should avoid pushing your body too hard. That said, it’s helpful to the healing process to periodically take light walks. You will be provided a compression garment to wear for several weeks after your surgery to reduce swelling and promote healing. Additionally, it’s important to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least six to eight weeks following your tummy tuck.

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Tummy Tuck FAQ

How long does a tummy tuck take?

What are the risks of a tummy tuck?

Are the results of a tummy tuck permanent?

How long does a tummy tuck take?

The duration of a tummy tuck procedure can vary depending on the extent of the surgery. Typically, the procedure can take anywhere from two to five hours to complete.

What are the risks of a tummy tuck?

Like any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck carries some risks. Some of the potential risks include bleeding, infection, scarring, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It's important to discuss these risks with Dr. Forman before undergoing the procedure.

Are the results of a tummy tuck permanent?

A tummy tuck can provide very long-lasting results, but it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure that the results are maintained. Significant weight gain or pregnancy after the surgery can impact the results of the procedure.

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Why Choose Forman Plastic Surgery for Your Tummy Tuck in Washington, DC?

A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure, and choosing the right plastic surgeon is crucial if you want to avoid complications and achieve the exceptional results you deserve. Dr. Douglas Forman is a board-certified plastic surgeon known for his technical skill, attention to detail, and compassion, and he’ll be with you every step of the way on your journey. Throughout his prestigious career, Dr. Forman has become known as a leader and innovator in the field of cosmetic surgery. He has also been frequently awarded and recognized for his exceptional work. While operating at The Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, his practice was chosen as the “Best of North Bethesda Top Cosmetic Surgery Practice.” To learn more or schedule your consultation with Dr. Forman, give our office a call today.

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