According to ASPS a full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired.A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. The upper abdominal skin is pulled down like a window shade. The excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is created. The belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position.
During your tummy tuck recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals following surgery.Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
When you come to see Dr. Franks, his technique is considerably different, and this is why:
An abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, offers a solution by flattening the slack skin and tightening the muscles of the relaxed tummy wall. Excess skin is removed in a way which shapes the waist line and contours the hips. I often perform a procedure called Lipoabdominoplasty which combines the benefits of a tummy tuck with the fat removing and soft tissue sculpting capabilities of liposuction. I really enjoy this procedure because it allows greater control in creating a slimming silhouette by reducing the fullness of the upper and lateral abdominal region and establishing a smooth transition between the lower abdomen, upper thighs and hips.
Drains are put in to help with contouring, however, once they are removed that is when he will start the process of molding the soft tissue with a Faja, abdominal board and compression foam, all of which help gives the maximum results that every woman is looking for when electing this procedure.
If you look at before and afters of the traditional technique, you will see that most of the woman have a square shape, whereas, Dr. Franks does his very best for his patients to have an hour glass figure that most strive for.