Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
The Problem: A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that offers enhanced body contour and a firmer, flatter abdomen for women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat concentrated in the abdominal area.
The Goal: Abdominoplasty removes flaccid abdominal skin and tightens muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy or weight gain. This procedure is particularly effective in women who are finished having children. It removes most, if not all, of the stretch marks caused by childbirth.
The Procedure: In the traditional “full tummy tuck” procedure, we create a new belly button and tighten the muscles from the lower chest area to the pubis. The scar is usually from hip to hip. liposuction can be performed at the same time to create a nice contour. Thanks to advances in tummy tuck surgery, there are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself:
- A partial abdominoplasty, or “mini tummy tuck” — When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary.
- Endoscopic abdominoplasty — another technique for minimizing scars and may be useful when patients have only a mild degree of excess fat and muscle laxity.
- A circumferential tummy tuck — this is usually for someone who has lost a great deal of weight and fat (usually after gastric bypass surgery) and now has loose overhanging skin all around the body. In order to create a nice contour, we need to extend the scar all around the waist line. This allows us to lift the outer thigh and buttock, creating a smoother nicer look. Also the muscle is tightened and the new belly button is created.
Length: Usually 2-3 hours.
Anesthesia: General (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Outpatient or inpatient (usually a one night stay).
Side Effects: Temporary soreness, swelling, bruising and change of sensation in the lower abdomen. The incisions from the procedure will heal and fade overtime. It is important to realize, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your abdominoplasty are usually in locations concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.
Risks: Bleeding, infection, risks of anesthesia and scarring.
Recovery: Back to work usually in seven to ten days. Patient can shower the following day and resume activity as they feel comfortable. A compression garment is worn for approximately two weeks. Drains are usually necessary for one to two weeks.
Duration of Results: If weight remains stable, results are usually permanent.
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*All information on this site provides general information about plastic surgery. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and it does not address your individual medical needs which will determine which treatment options are right for you.