Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is designed to re-sculpt and contour the abdomen. It is a major surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and the tightening of the muscles of the abdominal wall. For additional tummy tuck abdominoplasty before and examples, visit our body refinement page.

Procedure

  • Surgery usually takes two to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Patients can return home the same day.
  • A horizontal incision that runs from hipbone to hipbone is made just above the pubic area. Another is made around the navel.
  • The underlying abdominal muscles are then tightened and the excess skin and fat are trimmed away.
  • Adjacent liposuction of the hips and pubic area can be performed to improve the contours of the abdomen and hip areas.

Recovery

Patients are required to wear a support garment for several weeks following the tummy tuck. It is normal to experience swelling and a tight feeling for several weeks, as well as numbness for several months. Most patients are back to work within two weeks and can resume normal exercise at four weeks. Patients are to avoid any direct abdominal exercises for about 12 months after surgery.

Results

A tummy tuck enhances the body's contours by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. When loose skin and abdominal wall weaknesses are limited to the area below the navel, a mini-abdominoplasty may be performed instead. This involves a smaller incision and a shorter Recovery time. Abdominoplasty, whether full or miniature, yields excellent Results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles and excess skin and fat.

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