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Tummy Tuck

A flat and well-toned, muscular abdomen is something most women strive for through exercise and healthy eating. However, some women have protruding abdomens that, regardless of effort, do not go away. The most common causes of this include heredity, multiple pregnancies or significant loss of weight. If you desire a flatter abdomen and Dr. de Ramon thinks that liposuction alone is not appropriate, then a tummy tuck may be a good choice for you. A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin and in most cases, repairs weakened or mal-positioned muscles. Having a flatter abdomen can increase your self-image, allow you to wear fashions you couldn't wear before, or restore your pre-pregnancy physique.


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There are many things to consider prior to having a tummy tuck.


There have been several significant advances in tummy tuck techniques in the last 5 years. One of the best has been Dr. de Ramon’s use of an anesthetic pain pump placed at the time of surgery to dramatically decrease post op pain and the need for pain medicine. This improves comfort, quickens recovery and diminishes post op nausea. Other advances include changes to incision design to help camouflage scars and the technical equipment used at surgery. Dr. de Ramon is one of the first plastic surgeons in the nation to be trained in the plastic surgical uses of the harmonic scalpel. Incorporating this new technology into tummy tucks has dramatically decreased post op swelling and the need for drains. This also means a faster recovery for Dr. de Ramon's patients of the Harrisburg PA and Central PA regions. Advances in suture technique and technology have also allowed Dr. de Ramon to minimize the appearance of scars.


During a tummy tuck consultation in our offices near Harrisburg, PA, Dr. de Ramon will review your medical history, discuss your concerns and goals and do a physical exam. There is time for questions and for learning about the procedure. A second consultation is recommended to develop a final surgical plan and ensure all your questions are answered. Tummy Tuck surgery is normally done at either PinnacleHealth Harrisburg area hospitals or at the Cumberland Surgery Center in Mechanicsburg. Patients have the option to spend the first night post-operatively in the hospital for pain control and assistance getting around. However, Dr. de Ramon also offers his patients of Harrisburg PA and Central PA region a post-operative pain pump which is inserted into the surgical area to reduce pain and reduce the need for post-operative pain medication. Three to five days of rest is recommended and driving is restricted for about one week. You should not do any heavy lifting for 6 weeks after surgery. Although the surgery and recovery can be challenging, the results can make a big difference in your appearance and outlook.


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