Top Benefits of the "Awake" Tummy Tuck

If you’re yearning for a flat stomach and streamlined waistline, tummy tuck surgery could be the answer. However, this surgery is a fairly extensive procedure and does require a lot of downtime. One doctor in the United States now offers a tummy tuck alternative called the “Awake Tummy Tuck”, a procedure that can offer similar results to traditional surgery but is one that does not require general anesthesia. You are awake during the entire fat removal procedure, and is a good match for people who do not have a lot of excess skin and only a small amount of fat that needs to be removed.

Set up a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area for a tummy tuck consultation. Your surgeon may be able to offer a tummy tuck alternative and procedures that are similar to the “Awake” tummy tuck.

How is the Awake Tummy Tuck Performed?

The Awake Tummy Tuck is a completely customized procedure that typically involves a combination of Smartlipo or VASER liposuction with traditional liposuction. A very small incision is made for the laser liposuction cannula, and the fat is extracted quickly and efficiently from the abdominal area. Since laser assisted liposculpture is used to remove the fat, the surrounding skin tissues remain intact and can become tighter and more toned shortly after the procedure. For many people, the biggest benefit of undergoing laser liposuction is the skin tightening effect. The natural skin tightening that occurs results in a smoother, more natural look and the skin will continue to retract and tighten as it heals.

Most people experience very little downtime with this tummy tuck alternative and can return to regular activities within a few days .

Dr. Robert Burke, an Ann Arbor plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with the Awake Tummy Tuck, reports that the combination of tumescent liposuction and local anesthesia results in a rapid recovery time and minimal side effects. Since patients don’t have to deal with the side effects of general anesthesia, the entire procedure can be more comfortable and manageable. (Source: American Health and Beauty)

What are some Benefits of the Awake Tummy Tuck?

Some of the top benefits of the Awake Tummy Tuck include:

  • Less downtime than the traditional tummy tuck procedure
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Rapid recovery and more manageable procedure without general anesthesia
  • Minimal discomfort during the procedure
  • No side effects from anesthesia
  • Natural skin tightening and toning effect
  • Triggers collagen production and causes the skin to retract
  • Patient can return to regular activities sooner than with traditional tummy tuck surgery and liposuction
  • Very small scar that becomes less noticeable as the skin heals
  • No skin is removed during the procedure

Learn more about the tummy tuck procedure in our information guide, or set up a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. Your surgeon will conduct a complete body and skin analysis to determine whether you are a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery and body shaping treatments.