Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures are in high-demand around the world. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), nearly 132,000 patients received a tummy tuck in Brazil in 2015. Rio de Janeiro is responsible for a significant amount of Brazil’s plastic surgery operations. Since this is one of Dr. Alexandre Charão’s most common procedures, receiving a tummy tuck under his care is very safe. He has a proven high success rate among patients and works hard to understand each patient’s individual needs and aesthetic goals.

Remove Loose Skin

Whether you have recently lost a lot of weight or gave birth, you will more than likely have loose skin around the abdomen. While dieting and exercise can always improve your image, you will probably need additional help to get the look you desire. By removing excess loose skin and fat, and strengthing abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck procedure creates a flat stomach.

The incision line is made along the waist and is easy to hide below most undergarments and bathing suits. Due to the amount of skin removed, the belly button is repositioned. After you recover, you will have a completely new body.

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Your Initial Consultation

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

As you are researching tummy tuck procedures, it is important for you to define your expectations. During your initial consultation, you can discuss various options which will work for your goals and current situation. To help Dr. Alexandre Charão understand your needs, you should send him photos of your stomach. 

Ideal Candidates

A tummy tuck is not intended to be a weight loss procedure. It is for people who tried to achieve desired results through diet and exercise and need surgery to restore their waistline. The purpose of the operation is to remove excess skin and fat that will not disappear on its own. Overweight patients should lose as much weight as possible before surgery. While it is possible to maintain results after pregnancy, Dr. Alexandre Charão advises patients to have children before getting a tummy tuck. Those who smoke cigarettes are advised to quit at least three weeks before surgery.

Natural Results

Since a tummy tuck completely reconstructs the abdomen region, it is important that natural proportions are maintained. While removing overall body mass and unnecessary loose skin, Dr. Alexandre Charão carefully sculpts each patient’s body to match their natural curves. The resulting silhouette usually inspires patients to work hard to maintain their new bodies. Careful attention to health and nutrition is essential for keeping results.

Hospitalization Time and Information

Patients are usually hospitalized for 24 and 48 hours. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Alexandre Charão can safely discharge patients between 1-2 days following surgery. Tummy tuck procedures require epidural anesthesia.

Postoperative Recovery

  • A lymphatic drainage tube is inserted during the procedure and is usually removed within 7-14 days following surgery. This tube helps drain excess fluids from the lymph nodes and is painless to remove.
  • To help reduce swelling and improve circulation, you will be advised to purchase a compression garment which should be worn for at least 30 days following the procedure.
  • Regular lymphatic drainage massages are also recommended to minimize swelling and bruising.
  • Patients should walk in a hunched position and avoid standing upright for at least 15 days. This prevents the scar line from tearing.
  • It takes 30 days to recover and be able to resume normal activities. Exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 60 days.

After surgery, the abdomen loses sensitivity and remains swollen for several months. It takes time for your stomach to heal on its own and often requires a full year for results to show. The scar line along the waist will fade over time.

Total Cost and Before & After Photos

Congratulations, if you have read this far, then you are really committed to receiving a tummy tuck procedure. Your next step should be to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Alexandre Charão. During this 1 hour meeting, he will disclose further details, including total cost. Most international patients can save 50-70% by traveling to Brazil for surgery.

If you would like to see how your body can improve with this procedure, Dr. Alexandre Charão is happy to send you past patient before and after photos via e-mail. You can contact him at alex@plasticrio.com.

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