Tummy Tuck

Women and men in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, concerned about excess abdominal skin can undergo a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) to improve the contour of their abdomens. Body contouring specialist Dr. John Stratis produces uses his experience and superior surgical skills to create dramatic results for his patients. Dr. Stratis is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures during his career.

The Procedure

Dr. Stratis performs tummy tuck surgery using general anesthesia. Patients usually stay in the hospital the night of the procedure. He begins the surgery by making a horizontal incision along your lower abdomen, below the line of most underwear or a swimsuit. Dr. Stratis removes excess fat and skin and also repairs weakened abdominal muscles if needed. He may make a second incision around your navel to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. For patients whose concerns are limited to the area below the belly button, a mini abdominoplasty procedure may be recommended instead of a full tummy tuck.

If you are bothered by stubborn pockets of fat but don’t have much excess skin, you may want to consider one of the liposuction methods offered by Dr. Stratis. These methods can be less invasive than a full tummy tuck and may allow for shorter and more comfortable recovery.

Mommy Makeover

A tummy tuck is often performed as part of a mommy makeover, which usually includes procedures such as a breast lift or breast augmentation with breast implants. If you are interested in including facial procedures as part of your mommy makeover, Dr. Stratis’s partner Dr. Scott Gayner, performs the surgery with Dr. Stratis handling the body contouring procedures.

Gut Tuck for Men

Weight changes and aging can leave their marks on men’s midsections. “Spare tires” and “beer bellies” are typical problems for men, and muscles and tissues become weaker with age. If abdominal fat is excessive or persists for an extended length of time, the skin and muscles can become permanently stretched. Fortunately, Dr. Stratis specializes in “gut tucks,” or male tummy tuck surgery, so men in Harrisburg, York, and the surrounding Central Pennsylvania area can restore a flatter, firmer abdomen.

Recovery and Results

Abdominoplasty is a major surgery and you should allow yourself enough time to rest, recover, and heal. It’s a good time to relax, and avoid stretched positions that would place strain on your incisions or on the sutured abdominal muscles. It will probably be 6 weeks before you can return to all of your usual activities, although you will be up and about long before then with a slimmer, firmer abdomen. If you take care of yourself, eat well, and exercise often, the results of your tummy tuck will be long-lasting.

Your first step to getting the flatter stomach you want is requesting a consultation with Dr. Stratis using the online form. You can also call our office directly at (717) 728-1700 to schedule an appointment.

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