This patient was a 39 year old 5 foot 7 inch female that weighed 140lbs. She presented to Dr. Bharti with an interest to improve the appearance of her tummy to gain back her sexy figure and confidence. After multiple preoperative visits she decided to have a full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
She was taken to the operating room as an outpatient to undergo this procedure. This was performed under general anesthesia. During this procedure Dr. Bharti removed the excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen (pannus). He also tightened her ab muscles (rectus abdominus muscles) using permanent plication sutures. This serves the purpose of narrowing the waste and getting rid of her abdominal bulge. Once he finished these portions of the procedure he then flexed her bed to be able to perform closure of the incisions using all absorbable sutures. He then made a new opening for her belly button to be brought through. Following this, liposuction was then performed of her flanks to further improve her contour. Dr. Bharti used pain catheters that were placed during surgery to control her pain postoperatively. She had one drain that was left in position to remove excess fluid in the immediate healing period. Her drain was removed at her one week follow up. She was then admitted overnight to observe her and make sure her pain was controlled. The patient was then discharged home the following morning.
While recovering she had to wear compression garmets at all times on her abdomen for a period of 6 weeks using an abdominal binder and spanx. She had minimal post operative pain. She walked the night of surgery, but avoided any aggressive aerobic activity or heavy weight lifting for 4 weeks. In addition, for the first 2 weeks she had to walk around in a flexed position and she slept in a beach chair position.
She is currently doing very well at three months post operative, and she is very happy with her results. Her results will continue to improve as she resumes an aggressive exercise regimen and follows a healthy diet. If you are interested in getting your sexy contour back then contact our office to schedule your consultation today!