Tummy Tuck

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Known technically as abdominoplasty, the surgical procedure for improving a lax, protruding midsection is more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. Champaign, Peoria, and Decatur women and men, as well as those from throughout the Midwest undergo their tummy tuck in Bloomington, IL with tummy tuck specialist, Dr. G.D. Castillo.

You deserve a surgeon like Dr. Castillo, who takes the time to get to know his patients so that he can provide satisfying cosmetic outcomes and build a relationship that lasts for years to come. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, request a consultationrequest a consultation with Dr. Castillo or call our office nearest you. We look forward to helping you enhance your look through skilled cosmetic procedures, and encourage you to view abdominoplasty photos in our online photo gallery.

Before & After Tummy Tuck

View more real patients in our photo gallery.

If you are thinking about this procedure, keep in mind that there is not just a single tummy tuck surgical method but several variations that can be used to correct the abnormally loose skin, multiple wrinkling or folds which develop in the stomach, slack abdominal muscles, and excess abdominal fat that is a concern to you. An unflattering appearance to the stomach can occur as a result of aging, childbearing or rapid weight changes – several of these factors may contribute to why you are considering abdominoplasty.

It is common for people who are disappointed with a flabby midsection to seek surgical correction, and in fact in some cases liposuction in Champaign, IL may be used instead of or in addition to an abdominoplasty procedure. In Dr. Castillo's experience, recent innovations in liposuction techniques make it a viable standalone option for many patients, though in some instances, particularly when a person wants to improve the appearance of stretch marks, loose, wrinkled skin, an abdominoplasty is necessary.

Real Patient Testimonial

"I saw Dr. Castillo about 5 years ago for a tummy tuck. My only regret was not having it sooner. I am completely thrilled with the results and am contemplating a lower facelift. I wouldn't go to any other Dr. because I know how talented he is. Additionally Dr. Castillo has a wonderful staff. Stephanie makes me feel comfortable and is very reassuring. I have been seeing Roxanne, the skincare specialist for several years. She is very knowledgeable"
T.C.

The Procedure

Abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis at our operating suite. Patients are placed under general anesthesia so that they can sleep comfortably through the tummy tuck surgery. Beyond being "just" a cosmetic procedure, it may be combined with correction of umbilical hernias or poor musculature in the abdomen.

To begin the surgery, an incision is traced immediately above the pubic area (the hair bearing area of the pubis region) and extending laterally toward the hip itself. Through this lower abdominal incision, the skin and fatty tissue may be elevated up to the rib cage. After the right amount of skin and fat has been removed, a new navel (belly button) is created. The skin is stretched inferiorly and the excess skin and fatty tissue is completely removed. The stomach muscles, which can stretch out and lose the ability to retighten, are generally tightened during this procedure. The incision is closed with several rows of sutures.

If you are considering an abdominoplasty, think of this procedure as a trade off. On the one hand, you are removing loose skin and tightening muscles for a more toned midsection. At the same time, you will have a scar that may extend from hip to hip, though Dr. Castillo is careful to position the incision so that the resulting scar can be easily concealed by underwear or a swimsuit since it will take up to 18 months to fade. An incision in the lower part of the abdomen is an absolute necessity for the performance of this surgery, but you can feel comfortable knowing that Dr. Castillo has performed hundreds of tummy tucks during his decades in private practice. Almost universally, people who choose abdominoplasty surgery find any scarring, which continues to fade over time, to be an acceptable trade off for a tighter midsection. Patients may elect to have a laser treatment to further improve the appearance of scarring if needed.

Real Patient Testimonial

"My tummy make me feel like a saggy hag. I saw Dr. Castillo who recommended a tummy tuck. The care there is exceptional and I continue to see Dr. Castillo for Botox and skincare. Now, almost 70, I can wear a bikini and am proud to show my mid-drift! I do not have a single wrinkle on my tummy! I look better in a bikini than my 47 year old friends."

After Surgery

Usually two drains are placed in the lower portion of the incision and these drains are removed within 24 hours of the surgery. A pressure bandage or binder is worn for three weeks to keep the reshaped tissue in place and aid in healing. Following surgery, there is moderate pain that is usually easily controlled with oral medication. Prescription support stockings should be worn continually for the first 7 days to encourage healthy blood flow. Light activities can be resumed immediately after surgery, and routine activities can be added back in on the second day, with care to avoid heavy exertion. We recommend walking as the best all-around exercise. Abdominal crunches and exercises should be avoided for four weeks to allow time for proper healing.

As with many surgeries, there are risks and complications with an abdominoplasty. Dr. Castillo takes special care to minimize risks, and he will review the complications that can occur in detail during your consultation.

In the past few years, the combination of abdominoplasty with other types of cosmetic procedures such as breast lift or breast augmentation in Champaign, IL has given our patients excellent results. Whether this is applicable for your care will be discussed at length in your private consultation.

To learn more about your body contouring options, request a consultationrequest a consultation with Champaign tummy tuck specialist Dr. Castillo or call our office nearest you. We look forward to helping you enhance your look through skilled cosmetic procedures.

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