Innovations Medical is the first practice in the Metroplex to offer the new Smart Lipo MPX
Dr. Bill Johnson is the 1st physician in Texas with the new SmartLipo MPX, a safe alternative liposuction. SmartLipo is performed while you are awake and melts fat. Dr. Johnson has been performing SmartLipo longer than any other physician in Dallas Fort Worth.
What should I expect after having Awake Tummy Tuck
While many of our patients have returned to work or gone shopping the day after the procedure without any problems, we prefer for you to take 2-3 days off of work. After that, unless the work involves strenuous activity or a large amount of standing, most people can return to work. You will be given an antibiotic to take for a few days. You will also be given some pain medication. We strongly recommend taking the pain medication at bedtime on the day of the surgery. After that, you need only take it if needed. Many people use ibuprofen post-operatively. Some swelling and bruising can be expected. This typically lasts for 2-3 weeks but can be longer. Greater activity post-operatively and older age tend to prolong the swelling. The drains are typically removed in 2-3 days, but can remain in place for a week or so. After the drains are removed most patients are able to return to completely normal activity. We recommend you wait at least 2 weeks before resuming exercise. Initially, you will be seen in the office every few days. After about 2 weeks, you will only be seen about once a month until 3 months and again at 6 months.
How well does Awake Tummy Tuck work?
Awake Tummy Tuck gives similar to better results than standard abdominoplasty procedures. Better results come from:
- Awake Tummy Tuck liposuctions the entire abdomen. Standard abdominoplasty can leave fat in the upper abdomen because it can be hard and time consuming to reach. This can lead to a “chesty” look.
- The umbilicus in the preferred position. Some standard abdominoplasty procedures pull the umbilicus downwards and give a lower look to the abdomen.
During Awake Tummy Tuck, we do not place sutures or “plicate” the abdominal muscles. This can limit the results in women with loose abdominal muscles. However, much of the down time from standard abdominoplasty procedures comes from plicating the muscles. Not plicating the muscles shortens the downtime and simplifies the procedure and recovery.