Tummy Tuck near Philadelphia, PA
Centrally located in Southampton and serving Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties, the Kole Plastic Surgery Center performs tummy tucks for patients desiring plastic surgery.
Tummy Tucks: A Pennsylvania Cosmetic Surgeon’s Guide to Abdominoplasty
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Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a surgical procedure in which the excess skin of the abdomen is removed and the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened. If you have weak muscles after pregnancy or extra skin from weight loss, a tummy tuck may be for you. This is often accompanied by liposuction. A physical examination will determine whether you need a tummy tuck or liposuction.
Liposuction will remove subcutaneous fat—the fat under the skin—which will tighten the surrounding skin to a degree. However, if you have hanging skin, poor skin tone, or “stretch marks” on your skin, then liposuction will empty the fat from underneath the skin but the skin will not retract. To obtain a smooth contour, you will need excision of this extra skin. A tummy tuck is performed when you have excess skin and weak musculature.
Tummy tucks are performed mostly on women after they have completed having children. Men also often have these procedures done, most commonly after significant weight loss.
What Is the Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Full Tummy Tuck?
What to Expect with Full Tummy Tuck Surgery
If musculature is weak both above the belly button and below the belly button, then a full tummy tuck is the option.
In this procedure, an incision is made in the pubic area and carried down through the skin to the level of the musculature and elevated to the level of the belly button, just as in the mini tummy tuck. However, in the fully tummy tuck the belly button is excised from the skin but left attached to your body. Then the skin is elevated all the way to the rib cage and breastbone. The muscles are tightened back to their original position with permanent sutures from the belly button down to the pubic area, and also from the breastbone to the top of the belly button.
In addition, the external oblique muscles are then also mobilized toward the midline and sutured. This leaves an “internal corset” type of permanent suturing.
The skin is then repositioned. In most cases, all the skin from the belly button down gets excised and a slightly longer bikini line scar is the result. The belly button is then brought out through a new incision in the tighter skin. Liposuction is also routinely performed with full tummy tucks to shorten the length of the scar.
Following either a full or mini tummy tuck, drains are placed for several days to remove the excess fluid that would otherwise accumulate between the muscle layer and underneath the skin.
Complications are uncommon, but they may include poor scarring, bleeding, infection, change in skin sensation, skin contour irregularities, fluid or blood accumulations under the skin, and other incidents. People who smoke and people with diabetes have a greater risk of skin loss and wound healing complications.
Getting Help from Dr. Kole
The aging process in unavoidable, but prudent use of cosmetic surgery can repair some of the damage to your appearance caused by the passage of years. It’s important to keep your expectations realistic. At the Kole Plastic Surgery Center, conveniently located in Southampton, Pennsylvania, we strive to make you happy with your appearance.
What Is the Cost of a Tummy Tuck in Philadelphia and Bucks County?
The price of a tummy tuck will vary depending on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve the desired stomach appearance.
The Kole Plastic Surgery Center accepts cash, check, and credit card (MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, Discover®) as acceptable forms of payment.
Financing is also available through CareCredit®, United Medical Credit and Advanced Care.
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Dr. Edward Kole believes that informed patients make the best decisions regarding their procedures. He listens carefully and provides clear and concise information so that his patients are fully informed about their options before they decide to undergo surgery. Dr. Kole is committed to providing a personable and professional service while building lifelong relationships with his patients. His warmth and concern for his patients is clearly evident throughout his career.
Dr. Kole has been in private practice since 1998 and specializes in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery with a special interest in cosmetic surgery. With the opening of our new Plastic Surgery office and Ambulatory Surgery Center on Street Road in Southampton, we are now centrally located to Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. We are pleased to announce that we are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as an Ambulatory Surgery Center. Now, Dr. Kole can provide an atmosphere for high quality, safe and completely private facility to have your plastic surgery procedures performed, all without the need for an overnight stay.
Our office and private, state-licensed ambulatory surgical center is conveniently located at 1003 Street Road, Southampton, PA 18966. Please call today to schedule an appointment!
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