Pregnancy and weight changes can change your abdominal area in ways you can't correct on your own. Kent V. Hasen, M.D., performs abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, to help Naples and Fort Myers area residents restore the flat, fit look of their youth.
Dr. Hasen offers tummy tuck patients a specialized approach that:
- Enhances patient comfort with a portable pain pump that delivers local anesthetic for the first few days after surgery.
- Speeds up recovery with a "no drains" technique that allows patients to stand upright within a day or 2 of surgery and avoids additional scars.
- Uses progressive tension sutures (PTS) to anchor the skin to the underlying tissue. This method speeds up the recovery process and minimizes discomfort.
- Combines liposuction of the low back and flanks for contouring all the way around the abdomen.
Dr. Hasen performs tummy tuck surgery as an outpatient procedure that takes about 3 hours to complete. You will receive either epidural anesthesia or deep IV sedation to ensure that you sleep through the procedure.
Dr. Hasen begins by making a bikini incision hidden low on the abdomen so it can be concealed even by very revealing attire. He removes excess fat and tightens loose skin. If needed, he repairs muscle separation that may have resulted from pregnancy or weight loss. Through the same abdominoplasty incision, he can contour prominent lower ribs, place breast implants, or perform liposuction to provide multiple improvements with just one incision. He sutures the belly button from underneath the flap, enhancing its appearance, and closes the incision.
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The before and after pictures above depict ACTUAL PATIENTS of Naples Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kent V. Hasen. Your results may vary.
Patients typically return home the day of surgery after a short period in our recovery suite. You will need an adult to assist you at home overnight. Our staff can arrange for a home nurse, if need be.
Our quick recovery method for tummy tuck simplifies the healing process because there are no drains or pressure garments. Instead, you will wear a large, fluffy dressing for the first couple of days. Patients have mild swelling and bruising that fades after the first week.
Our tummy tuck patients usually return to their normal routines quickly. You can shower on the second day after surgery. Patients can stand upright within a day or 2 of surgery, and walk soon after. You may resume many activities after the first week, and most by the third week. You can return to work within 7 to 14 days.
After a tummy tuck you will look natural and presentable after approximately a week, and can expect continual improvement over the next 3 to 6 months. Patients enjoy having a firmer, flatter, more contoured abdomen and many are able to wear smaller clothing sizes.