Abdominoplasty–Tummy Tuck


Tummy Tuck Northern Virginia

By Dr. Ayman Hakki
Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

What Is A Tummy Tuck?

If you’re looking to get rid of some excess skin in Washington D.C. or Virginia Tummy tuck could be your best bet. Abdominoplasty surgery, commonly known as “tummy tuck” has been and remains a popular cosmetic procedure. It is particularly popular among weight loss patients, and is the classic procedure for women who had children and are in their late 30s or 40s. 

The tummy tuck has evolved as a very effective and satisfactory procedure that will get rid of pregnancy related changes. Such changes include a protruding, sagging midsection, loose skin and separation of the rectus muscle from childbirth.

The surgery removes stretched, wrinkled skin and excess fat below the belly button and tightens the abdominal muscles. In most cases, the procedure restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is both smooth and firm. Dr. Hakki’s tummy tuck procedure removes redundant skin as well as a significant portion of the skin with stretch marks, leaving his patients extremely satisfied. When combined with liposuction and the repair of the diastasis recti muscle (the separation of the muscles in the mid-section of the abdomen), a tummy tuck is the treatment of choice.

Are You A Good Candidate For A Tummy Tuck In Virginia?

Women who have given birth or have lost a significant amount of weight are often left with a loose stomach with white or red stretch marks. This also applies to men that have undergone drastic weight loss. A patient will find the skin is stubborn and does not go away with exercise and diet. The reason for this is that the skin has lost its elasticity and can no longer shrink back.

An easy test to see if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck is to see how easily you can grab excess skin from the stomach area, pinching a large amount. If the skin feels very thick and is not particularly loose, it is likely that an abdominoplasty is not the procedure of choice. In this case, liposuction may be more appropriate. Those in need of a tummy tuck may also have an abdominal ‘pooch’ below the navel, the lack of a waistline, a droopy buttocks and a disproportionately large waist compared to the buttocks and breast areas. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hakki at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center in Tysons, Virginia, where he will determine which procedure is your perfect fit.

Tummy Tuck Washington DC

What Is A Drain-Less Tummy Tuck?

Dr Hakki has achieved great success and excellent results by introducing the “no drain” tummy tuck with the use of a progressive tension sutures (PTS) technique.  Some surgeons find that the technique takes longer in surgery and requires a learning curve. “This may be the case in the beginning,” according to Dr. Hakki, who now has mastered the technique and no longer uses drains on his patients. The increase in time is marginal once you perfect the technique and the results are well worth it.  Not only does the technique eliminate the need for drains but it has been credited with a wide range of benefits.

Using progressive tension sutures helps reduce the incidence of complications such as the formation of seromas and hematomas.  Dr. Hakki believes that PTS allows him to better define the abdominal contour of his tummy tuck patients giving them more of a “six pack” appearance in his final result.  The technique also allows for a lower scar line, which is optimal for patients desiring that low cut bikini. Since the progressive tension sutures technique reduces the tension on the wound, the risk of hypertrophic scarring is decreased as well. More importantly, the technique has a very positive impact on the patient’s psyche postoperatively. Patients are happier, more comfortable and can move around without the nuisance and limitations of the drains. Which Tummy Tuck is right for you?

Why Dr. Hakki?

Today, the approach to abdominoplasty or tummy tuck has evolved from the traditional one. Patients can now choose between a mini-tummy tuck, lower tummy tuck, or full tummy tuck with or without liposuction. In a traditional tummy tuck, the surgeon will typically use drains post operatively to prevent fluid from accumulating in the space that he created underneath the skin and fat and above the muscle. “The drains were behind most of my patient’s complaints the day after and week following their surgery from pain and irritation at the drain site to problems with showering and moving” says Dr. Hakki.

incorporating progressive tension sutures into his tummy tuck procedures allowed Dr. Hakki to completely abandoned the use of drain tubes during his tummy tucks. His patients report positive results and better speedier recovery. Dr. Hakki is one of a small number of plastic surgeons nationwide to offer the no drain tummy tuck.

In addition, Dr.Hakki’s superior tummy tuck results are due to a preferred combination lipo-sculpture-tummy tuck procedure. For the majority of his patients, Dr. Hakki combines liposuction – in particular of the midriff area – to his tummy tuck. “By eliminating muffin tops and back fat with liposuction, while at the same time tightening the lower abdominal skin with the tummy tuck, I avoid the flat and wide look result of a tummy tuck alone. As an artist, it is my duty to my patients to make them look better, not just flatter” he says.

Dr. Hakki has years of experience to help you determine the most appropriate procedure. During your consultation at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, he will assess your excess skin and fat, fat distribution, and body type. 

Below are four types of tummy tucks performed by Dr. Hakki.

  • Mini tummy tuck
  • Standard tummy tuck
  • Extended tummy tuck
  • Circumferential body lift 

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