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.
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.
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