TUMMY TUCK

Tummy Tuck Chicago

We all deserve to have a body that we like. Many times, our body does not reflect the health and youth we feel inside. Although a toned abdomen can improve self-esteem and self-confidence, for some people it is simply impossible to reduce abdominal fat or tone the abdominal muscles.

This is one of the most difficult challenges that mothers face after pregnancy when they have flaccid skin, ‘loose skin’ or belly and stretch marks. Just as women love their children so much, they also deserve to love their bodies after their pregnancies. The good news is that women who dedicate their lives to the care of their children can also take care of themselves, take care of their bodies, and change the way they see themselves with a tummy tuck.

On the other hand, for some people, although they have managed to lose weight, it is very difficult to get rid of excess skin in the abdomen. The truth is that exercise is great for weight loss, but only plastic surgery can eliminate sagging skin and expose a working abdomen and waist with exercise. A tummy tuck can become the necessary case, in the final step of a process as significant as weight loss.

A tummy tuck can be an extremely transformative procedure for men and women who wish to feel good about their physical appearance. It is a procedure, which gives back the confidence to whoever does it, to exhibit a flat abdomen and stylized waist.

Over years of experience, Dr. Makhlouf has refined his surgical techniques to achieve superior results including a soft and aesthetic scar, thus producing highly satisfactory results.

Consultation with Dr. Makhlouf is an invaluable experience for patients considering any type of procedure. It is there where you can meet in a comfortable environment and have the opportunity to talk openly with him, about how he would like to change your body and his role in surgery. He will be able to express all his questions and concerns and will realize the exceptional attention that he always gives his patients. The consultation is the first step in this event of great transformation that abdominoplasty can offer.

It is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the waist, tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess fat, skin and stretch marks below the navel. In an extended abdominoplasty, a liposuction of the middle and lateral part of the abdomen in addition to the abdominoplasty is used to sculpt and detail the body that the patient wishes. A tummy tuck can also be combined with procedures in other parts of the body, such as liposuction of the sides of the abdomen, thighs, and / or breast surgery. If the procedure is limited to the area below the navel it is called mini abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck can also be combined with procedures in other parts of the body, such as liposuction of the sides of the abdomen, thighs, and / or breast surgery. Visit our Mommy Makeover section for more information on combination.

Dr. Makhlouf believes that the pre-operative appointment is one of the most important parts of getting excellent results. The procedure is explained in even more detail along with risks and complications, medical history is again reviewed, instructions for pre- and post-operative care are given as well as the prescriptions.

On the morning of surgery, Dr. Makhlouf carefully marks the patient. Patients are then given an intravenous antibiotic and SCD boots are placed.  These massage the legs and help avoid the formation of blood clots. The procedure can range from 1.5 – 4 hours. Patients are able to return to their homes the same day of the surgery after they have demonstrated that they can walk, talk, retain fluids and urinate.

During an abdominoplasty, an incision is made near the pubic hair line. If the required attention is not given during the incision, pubic hair may move upward during the healing period, thus creating an antistematic appearance. Dr. Makhlouf prevents this problem from occurring when a lower incision is made inside the pubic hair foreseeing excessive displacement. This makes the results are superior and aesthetic.

During a pregnancy and after a significant weight loss, the muscles of the abdomen are stretched to allow support of the extra weight to which the body is subjected. When stretching these muscles, it is difficult to appreciate the waist. When stretching these muscles, it is difficult to appreciate the waist, in order to tighten these muscles and make the waist visible; Dr. Makhlouf uses a unique technique. He uses a three layer technique to close the incision which provides a better reinforcement and longer duration.

While some surgeons use a circular incision around the navel, it is possible that the circular scar is unpleasant and may reveal signs of plastic surgery. Dr. Makhlouf has developed and refined an incision from intermittent lines to ‘distract’ the scar tissue, thus allowing a natural navel with minimal scarring. To see the amazing results of Dr. Makhlouf’s surgeries, visit our photo gallery and let the photos speak for themselves

Dr. Makhlouf believes that the pre-operative appointment is one of the most important parts of getting excellent results. The procedure is explained in even more detail along with risks and complications, medical history is again reviewed, instructions for pre and post operative care are given as well as the prescriptions.

On the morning of surgery, Dr. Makhlouf carefully marks the patient. Patients are then given an intravenous antibiotic and SCD boots are placed.  These massage the legs and help avoid the formation of blood clots. The procedure can range from 1.5 – 4 hours. Patients are able to return to their homes the same day of the surgery after they have demonstrated that they can walk, talk, retain fluids and urinate.

Belly button Technique

An aesthetic umbilicus should be devoid of visible scars, should rest in a peri-umbilical depression, and have a small hood on top through which some women place a piece of jewelry. I have worked on the design of the incision for some time and presented the work six years ago. I believe that the ultimate goal of a tummy tuck is to allow a women to wear a two piece bathing suit. The umbilicus is the center of the abdomen and deserves the extra care I give it.

The aesthetic and youthful umbilicus:

1. Is small.

2. Has a vertical orientation.

3. Has a superior hood that allows for placement of jewelry, if desired.

4. Rests in a peri-umbilical depression to provide proper contour to the abdomen.

5. Is devoid of protrusion (and hernias).

6. Allows for proper hygiene.

Most of the time, the surgeon is not able to do a proper abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) without an incision around the umbilicus, so that as the skin is pulled down, the umbilicus is allowed to remain in its anatomic position and is not pulled towards the pubic line. Most pictures showing abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures show a circular scar. The problem with a circular scar is that it tends to contract and frequently remains visible. Over the years, we have relied on sound plastic surgery principles to avoid this problem. We do not do a circular scar.

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If you are in need of relief, please give us a call: 847.297.8001, or we can call you back if you provide your details.  Check out our previous tummy tuck surgeries in our photo gallery.

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An abdominoplasty and liposuction was performed on this 43 year old dentist who had loved the result of the abdominoplasty Dr. Makhlouf did on her twin sister. He performed liposuction of the flanks and an extended abdominoplasty with a very rewarding result. The fat was extracted from the back (1500 cc) and from the abdomen (800 cc). Surgery performed in the Chicago area.

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47-year-old woman who had multiple pregnancies. She had an extended tummy tuck performed by Chicago Plastic Surgeon Dr. Makhlouf. 1600 ml of fat were removed from the upper abdomen and the sides. The weight of the skin removed was 1820 g. Her new, slimmed down profile is apparent by looking at her tummy tuck before and after photos.

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31 year old female had 3 C-sections before completing her family. She was interested in abdominal reconstruction. A nice and natural result with attractive curves was obtained through a standard abdominoplasty and liposuction.

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Abdominal contouring surgery (tummy tuck) was performed in this 28 year old Chicago woman. A C section and 3 children left her with a very old looking abdomen. The tummy tuck surgery consisted of three layers of suture to tighten up the abdominal muscles to give her a nice waist and the skin resection a pleasant overall figure.