Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure where excess fat and skin are removed from the stomach in order to smooth and tighten the abdominal wall. This procedure results in a flatter, trimmer waistline and can also eliminate the appearance of most stretch marks.
A tummy tuck is a great option for people who have experienced significant weight loss, pregnancy or natural aging.
Most women considering a tummy tuck have gone through pregnancies and do not plan to have additional children. Typically, these women have tried diet and exercise in an effort to restore the abdominal firmness and shape they enjoyed prior to their pregnancies, but have had little success in accomplishing the desired outcome.
A tummy tuck offers sculpted results that cannot be achieved by any other means.
During a tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon removes excess abdominal skin and fat, and also tightens the abdominal wall. To accomplish this, the surgeon will make a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel (the size and location of the scar will be determined by the patient and surgeon based on the degree of correction necessary). In most cases, all of the skin between the belly button down and the region of the pubic hair can be removed. The remaining abdominal skin can then stretch to resurface the abdomen.
A tummy tuck typically takes between 2 and 5 hours, with patients recovering in 1-3 weeks.
During recovery, patients may experience bruising, swelling, tenderness and/or numbness. Drains may remain in place for several days following the procedure, and sutures will be removed after 1-2 weeks. Bed rest is strongly recommended on the day of the surgery, with limited activity for the next two days. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks after a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck may also include Liposuction to remove excess fat around the sides and back to enhance the overall shape of the abdomen.