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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery

A tummy tuck, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is designed to remove extra fat and skin around the midsection and redrape the abdominal area for a firmer look and feel. This common aesthetic issue can be the result of a number of factors, including:

  • Significant weight loss
  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy

As excess fat around the abdomen can be extraordinary difficult to eliminate, even when a strict diet and a rigorous exercise regimen are part of the routine, the tummy tuck procedure can tighten skin around the abdominal muscles and rid your midsection of excess skin and fat.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Our plastic surgeons has performed many tummy tuck procedures and are committed to helping patients achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. The typical tummy tuck procedure begins with an incision made above the pubic area, which stretches from hip to hip. The navel is freed from surrounding tissue. The skin is then lifted and tightened over the abdominal muscles as the excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is then redraped and tightened for a firmer, flatter appearance. Once completed, the navel is repositioned and the incision are closed.

The tummy tuck procedure can take anywhere from two to five hours, and can be completed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Typical recovery for an abdominoplasty can take several weeks to feel completely back to normal. However, patients are typically able to return to their daily routines after about one to two weeks. Some bruising and swelling should be expected while the areas heal, but any discomfort can be managed with medication. Serious exercise and excess strain on the abdominal region should be avoided for at least six weeks following the procedure. However, short walks to alleviate concern over blood clots should be taken soon after the surgery.

There can be a small amount of scarring from the tummy tuck procedure that will likely diminish over time to a certain extent. Because of the location of the incision, if scarring does not fully diminish, the scar can typically be hidden beneath clothing.