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What is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

Quite simply stated, an abdominoplasty contours the abdomen. The treatment includes muscle tightening and removal of excess skin. There is a large range of techniques that constitute our Maryland abdominoplasty to meet the needs of a diverse population, including women who have recently given birth, men and women who have sustained significant weight loss, and those who suffer from abdominal scarring and weakness from prior surgeries. The tummy tuck incision is thin and may be hidden under bathing suits and underwear. The objective of any abdominoplasty is a smoother, fitter torso and the increased self-confidence that goes along with it.

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Who is a good candidate for an abdominoplasty?

Good candidates for our tummy tuck in Maryland are men and women in good health who have excess, overhanging skin, significant stretchmarks, muscle laxity, localized fat, or discomfort from scarring.

A tummy tuck is most often performed due to abdominal muscle laxity that might result from pregnancy, intrinsically lax tissues or postoperative scars. Some women post-pregnancy appear to still look pregnant due to residual long-standing muscle laxity. A tummy tuck is also the most often performed procedure for individuals who have sustained massive weight loss. A tummy tuck may focus primarily on excess skin and improving skin contour, or on tightening abdominal muscles, but most of the time on both.

A tummy tuck may be combined with liposuction, a back lift, a thigh lift, or breast augmentation to rejuvenate the entire torso. Our Baltimore tummy tuck may also be combined with abdominal hernia repairs, sometimes utilizing materials to reinforce the muscle repair. During the initial consultation, you will discuss with Dr. Shermak what you would like to improve so she can understand your expectations and determine how to best achieve the desired result.

If my tummy tuck is being done to repair abdominal muscles, can it be covered by insurance?

Typically this condition, often seen after pregnancy or abdominal surgical procedures, is not covered by insurance unless there is a hernia diagnosed. Just a space between the abdominal muscles is not covered under insurance.

How do I know if I am a better candidate for tummy tuck or liposuction?

Liposuction is the preferred treatment to reduce focal fat deposits, not to tighten or reduce excessive skin. A tummy tuck is the best option in men and women who require abdominal skin reduction and muscle tightening. Liposuction may also be performed on the back or waist to improve overall contour. You can discuss this with Dr. Shermak.

Can a tummy tuck be safely performed with breast surgery?

In many cases, a tummy tuck may be performed with breast surgery to improve the overall look of the torso. Breast augmentation, lift or a combination of the two often accompanies abdominal surgery.

How do I know if I can have a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck has a shorter abdominal incision and no incision around the belly button. A mini tummy tuck is typically performed for individuals with minimal excess skin or for those who desire small skin resection including possible surgical scars, in addition to abdominal muscle repair and tightening. The procedure is not applicable to most individuals seeking a tummy tuck who often require more significant skin removal. Dr. Shermak has lectured on mini tummy tucks and national cosmetic surgery meetings, and understands the applicability and performance of this surgery.

How can I ensure I get the best possible scars?

After surgery, Dr. Shermak will instruct her patients on surgical incision management, which typically includes moisture, gauze and binder early on. After about a month, she discusses massage and moisturizers with her patients, with possible focal compression to reduce swelling and optimize contour.

Is there an optimal weight for a tummy tuck?

Ideally clients should be at an ideal weight for their body height, namely a Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 30. Having said that, many patients are at a higher than recommended weight, and those who are otherwise healthy may be fine candidates for a tummy tuck. The best way to know is to arrange an appointment with Dr. Shermak to find the safest way to meet your contour goals.

What is the recovery like for a tummy tuck?

Our Maryland tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure. In some cases, it may require overnight observation in the hospital. You may experience temporary discomfort, swelling, numbness, and bruising. Patients are up and walking within hours of surgery. Most resume regular activities and return to work after 2 weeks, with remaining swelling taking up to a month or two to resolve. Stitches are removed approximately 1 week after surgery. Drainage tubes are often removed within 2 weeks.

Taking the first step towards your Maryland tummy tuck

For more information about undergoing a tummy tuck with Dr. Shermak, call the office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal, comprehensive consultation today. During this initial session, Dr. Shermak will be able to answer all your questions in detail, while also providing you with access to our library of before and after photography.

Visit our Photo Gallery to view representative results.

For more information about having undergoing our Baltimore abdominoplasty with Dr Michele Shermak, call the office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal, complimentary consultation today.

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Dr. Michele Shermak offers some of the top cosmetic procedures Baltimore, Maryland has to offer, including breast augmentation & liposuction

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