Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery

Tummy Tuck Case #50

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Procedures Performed
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Post-Weight Loss Surgery
  • Mommy Makeover

This is a 54-year-old woman living in Tucson, Arizona who had undergone a gastric bypass and had lost over 100 pounds.  She was approximately 6 years out from her gastric bypass surgery and her weight had stabilized, and she has not had any fluctuations in her weight.  She was interested in body contouring of her abdomen to get rid of the excess skin that was present as a result of her weight loss.  On physical exam she had well-healed laparoscopic site incisions and no evidence of any abdominal hernias.  She had a significant amount of excess skin, which is typical after a greater than 100 pound weight loss.  During her consultation  I explained she was a great candidate for a tummy tuck with liposuction.  I explained that liposuction would help improve the contours of her flanks and upper abdomen, and the tummy tuck would remove her redundant skin and also plicate, or tighten, her rectus abdominus muscles. Her nutrition and vitamin levels had been recently checked and were within normal limits. Patients that lose a significant amount of weight can have nutritional deficiencies and these deficiencies can impair wound healing. Once we knew she was optimized for surgery we were ready to proceed with her surgery. Her tummy tuck and liposuction were performed at an outpatient surgery center in Tucson, Arizona. I started her surgery by liposuctioning her upper abdomen and flanks. After that was completed I performed the tummy tuck portion of the surgery where her abdominal muscles were tightened and her excess skin was removed. Exparel was injected at the end of her surgery.  Exparel is a type of long acting local anesthetic that can last up to three days. The Exparel was injected in to the abdominal muscles after the muscle plication was performed. We have found that Exparel has drastically reduced the need for pain medication after surgery.  She was discharged to home from the surgery center after her surgery. Her recovery was uneventful. She is now four months out from her tummy tuck and liposuction and she loves how her new figure reflects her weight loss! 


Surgeon: Dr. Arun Rao

Age: 54
Gender: Female

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