Abdominoplasty “Tummy Tuck”

woman's flat stomach with her hands touching it

A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a procedure performed on women and men to treat sagging, loose skin and provide a flat, tight upper and lower abdomen. The procedure is ideal for patients that have lost weight or have been pregnant as it removes any excess skin and tightens any lax muscles contributing to bulging in the abdomen. A Tummy Tuck strategically places all incisions within your underwear line to prevent scaring visible to others. The procedure is typically combined with liposuction of the waist to offer results with the best contour and narrowest waist possible. During a tummy tuck procedure, your current belly button will be repositioned and structured to provide a natural and aesthetically pleasing “Innie” bellybutton.  There are different types of tummy tucks including a Full Traditional Tummy Tuck or a Mini Tummy Tuck that each address different problems. At your consultation we will perform a thorough exam that will allow us to discuss what option best suits your case and offers the best outcome. Give our office a call today and book your free consultation to learn more.

Goals:

  • Remove excess skin of the abdomen
  • Re-approximate and tighten any muscle laxity of the upper and lower abdomen
  • Create an aesthetically pleasing “Innie” Bellybutton
  • Improve contour and narrowness of the waist
  • Provide optimal pain control using intra-operative long acting anesthetic

Recovery:

The recovery time for a Tummy Tuck is usually 1-2 weeks. It is important to wear a compressive garment regularly for the first few weeks after surgery to minimize swelling and ensure the best result possible. Typically drains are placed after surgery that are removed within 1 to 2 weeks. The majority of pain after surgery is prevented by using a long acting anesthetic placed in the operating room to provide 2-3 days of pain relief. Any other discomfort is well managed with a combination of anti-inflammatory medication and prescribed pain medication. It is recommended to avoid exercising for 3-4 weeks after surgery to prevent avoidable complications such as bleeding, bruising, pain and problems healing. You will likely experience reduced sensation of the abdomen that typically returns within 3 to 6 months. At your consultation we will review all of this and more to make sure you are able make the best decision for you.