Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Conveniently located to serve St. Louis, Missouri
Patients fly from across the country and even internationally for Dr. Samer Cabbabe‘s High – Definition tummy tuck (a.k.a. abdominoplasty). This procedure is not just a simple tummy tuck but a complete re-contouring and reshaping of the entire torso, hips and buttocks with Hi-Def/4D lipo (ab etching) and fat injections/Brazilian Butt Lifts routinely performed.
High-definition liposuction/ab etching, muscle tightening, pubic lift and belly button relocating are usually included with all these procedures. Sometimes new belly buttons need to be created in cases of umbilical hernias, other incidental hernias are always repaired as part of the procedure unless they are severe or significant and generally this is known and discussed ahead of time during your consultation.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the body to give his patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is an expert in cosmetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive body surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine you and will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result.
Revision body contouring and revision tummy tuck is something Dr. Cabbabe has become very accustomed to doing for patients who have had unsatisfactory results including high or irregular scars, non-lifted pubic areas, poorly performed liposuction or fibrosis from previous liposuction procedures where a tummy tuck/skin removal was needed but not offered or done. Results after revision surgery are always more expensive to patients, the risks are higher, and the result is less than if Dr. Cabbabe had done the original procedure.
Prior to Surgery
During your consultation Dr. Cabbabe will review your concerns and make recommendations to help you reach and exceed your goals. Dr. Cabbabe believes the key to a great result involves the correct proportions and harmony flowing from the chest to the abdomen, hips, pelvis and buttocks.
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All surgeries are performed with safety as the #1 priority. Dr. Cabbabe is a double board – certified plastic surgeon and the current Chief of Plastic Surgery at his hospital. He has an impeccable track record of safety with minimal complications for the extended scope of work being done for his patients. There are never elective marathon surgeries exceeding 6-7 hours as this is well-established as leading to a high rate of complications, including death. All surgeries are performed in the hospital and overnight stays with IV fluids and monitoring are required for these surgeries with discharge generally the following day after approval from Dr. Cabbabe or his staff.
Multiple things are done to minimize scarring including techniques during surgery and dressings and incision care after surgery. We carry a silicone gel in our office, silicone tape is also helpful to minimize scarring and can be purchased online, silicone is the active ingredient to look for. Patients should take iron supplementation prior to surgery, a multivitamin with iron once a day or iron with calcium once a day is recommended 3 months prior to surgery. Blood loss is always a part of surgery, particularly liposuction, and anemia must be minimized prior to surgery for optimal results. Patients need to be in good general medical health with no significant heart, lung or other organ problems. Risks increase in patients with increasing BMI and 35 is generally recommended for safety and optimal results. The results for patients over BMI 35 is often unsatisfactory and weight loss is recommended.
Your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) will be performed in a hospital or surgery center in St. Louis, MO.
Patients will be expected to wear compression garments for a minimum of 6 weeks after surgery and lymphatic massages are generally recommended starting within 1 week of surgery. We can help you with recommendations.
Useful items to have on hand include: additional compression garments/FAJA’s (more than one size), extra pillows, BBL pillow (as needed), extra gauze, polysporin ointment and Vaseline or other similar moisturizers. It is helpful to have a recliner to sleep on for the first week or two when you transition to a bed. Extra compression garments, including FAJA’s in different sizes, are helpful as your size will decrease after swelling goes down. Female urination devices can be purchased on Amazon to be used while garments are worn.
Return to full work and exercise is generally within 3 weeks of surgery due to Dr. Cabbabe’s protocols which he has built based on hundreds of tummy tuck and body contouring surgeries.