What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) is the single best surgical procedure for removal of excess abdominal skin and tissue that diet and exercise alone can’t address. As an added benefit, an abdominoplasty may also include surgical tightening of the abdominal muscles that are commonly separated as result of pregnancy or fluctuations in weight—a condition known as rectus diastasis.
Common reasons for the procedure:
- Sagging or excess skin
- Previous surgeries
- Excessive weight-loss
Am I a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
It is important that patients recognize that tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery is not a weight loss procedure. But, for the patient who has optimized weight loss through diet and exercise and has some remaining excess skin and abdominal tissue, the results can be extremely rewarding.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Your surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and generally takes 2 to 3 hours. While all tummy tuck surgery requires an incision, the length of the incision is variable and will depend on the amount of skin that is to be removed. In general, the incisions from the procedure hide well within swimsuit lines, though in many instances an additional incision made around the navel will allow your surgeon to reposition the navel to achieve a more youthful, aesthetically optimal result while excising more redundant skin.
What risks are involved?
Complications following tummy tuck surgery are exceedingly rare, but your Elite plastic surgeon will inform you of these risks at the time of your preoperative consultation. Your result should be very long lasting, barring any dramatic fluctuations in weight.
What procedures can be combined with Abdominoplasty?
In some instances, Liposuction may be used as an additional adjunct to tummy tuck surgery. Regardless of technique, the goals of tummy tuck surgery are to restore a youthful appearance to the midsection with that firmer, more toned look you’re after.
What to expect during recovery
Light activity is encouraged soon after surgery, and return to your regular activities is anticipated 4 to 6 weeks from the time of your surgery. The use of surgical drains and an abdominal compression garment may be necessary in the early stages of your recovery.
Schedule a consultation
A tummy tuck with one of our board-certified Elite plastic surgeons can be the procedure to give you the sleeker, tighter midsection you’re looking for. If you’d like to learn more, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, detailed information can be found at http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Cosmetic-Procedures/Tummy-Tuck.html