Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck as it is popularly known, is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat and skin in the abdominal region. Removing the surplus of fat and skin creates a firmer slimmer figure and silhouette. Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good overall health.
Most often patients seek a tummy tuck after losing a substantial amount of weight or after their skin has been stretched following pregnancy. In both cases abdominoplasty surgery can help tighten the muscles and remove unwanted skin and fat deposits.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
It is important to find a qualified and skilled board-certified cosmetic surgeon, whom you feel comfortable with to perform your tummy tuck. An experienced surgeon will perform the most efficient techniques to maximize the results of the tummy tuck and minimize any potential for scarring. During a consultation your doctor will help you make an educated decision on which type of tummy tuck is best for you.
A mini-abdominoplasty has the smallest scar and focuses on tightening only the lower abdominal wall skin. The typical abdominoplasty has an incision made from one hip to the other, and extends around to the lower back. Because of the larger incision, all of the abdominal wall skin will be able to be tightened as well as the flanks (love handles).
Depending on the complexity of your surgery, you will either receive general anesthesia, or local anesthesia. During the tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are detached from the abdomen. The connective tissues are tightened with sutures, and covered with the remaining skin, leaving a thinner, more toned figure.
After a Tummy Tuck
Depending on which type of tummy tuck you have, you may leave the center the same day, or be hospitalized for up to three days. Delicate activity normally becomes comfortable within ten to twenty days. It will take about six weeks to be comfortable participating in more intense activities, such as sports.
While the heeling process can take time, a tummy tuck can leave you with a new body. 96% of patients who have had a tummy tuck, said that it was worth it, and are pleased with the results.