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Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a procedure that reshapes the midsection . Often, through pregnancies, weight gain and aging, the skin and/or muscles are stretched beyond its ability to return to normal shape. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat while the underlying muscles are tightened.

Tummy tuck procedure - woman holding stomach skin

For those candidates where the sagging skin is mainly in the lower abdomen the mini-abdominoplasty is an additional option. This procedure is not as extensive. This procedure offers a more rapid recovery.

Depending on an individuals expectations this procedure can be added with Breast Augmentation and Liposuction.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Patients who want to achieve a smoother flatter abdomen for their bodies and for their self-confidence.
  • Individuals with loose or sagging abdominal wall skin.
  • Individuals with abnormal relaxation of the anterior (front) abdominal wall muscles due to weight gain or loss, pregnancies, or prior surgery.
  • Those who are unable to tighten the abdominal wall skin with exercise.

What are the intended Results

  • Better personal appearance with and without clothes on
  • Self-confidence improvement

What does the procedure involve?

  • The procedure is usually performed at an accredited outpatient facility or hospital.
  • Anesthetic options include local anesthesia with oral sedation, conscious sedation and general anesthesia.

Recuperation and Healing

  • With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting.
  • Discomfort is usually controlled with oral medications.
  • Recovery may be at home with a responsible adult caregiver, at a supervised recovery facility or at the hospital with an overnight stay.
  • If placed, drains are removed in 2-7 days. • Sutures are usually removed in 2-3 weeks.
  • A compression garment with dressings over the incision sites is used.
  • Light activity may be resumed in 7-21 days. Sports will probably not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.
  • An abdominal binder (compression garment) is usually worn for 4-6 weeks.

What other options are there?

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction-liposculpture of the area.
  • Most other cosmetic surgery needs
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