Tummy Tuck

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Tummy Tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A toned and flat stomach is something that we all want, but can’t always be achieved through diet and exercise alone.

The tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin in the midsection to give an abdominal profile that is smaller, flatter and firmer. Often the procedure also restores weakened or separated muscles that have been stretched  by excess weight, age or pregnancy. 

Options For Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck with a limited scar may be sufficient to treat a limited, central tummy bulge. However, the more common procedure is a standard Abdominoplasty (full). This is a great benefit to both men and women who have significant sagging, loose skin and associated stretch marks, and excess fat and laxity in the abdominal wall muscles. Tummy tucks can also be combined with liposuction to achieve a better shape and contour of the abdomen. The abdominal muscles are tightened through the same incision.

Candidates For Tummy Tuck

Good candidates for Abdominoplasty include those who have experienced significant weight loss, or women who have stretched muscles resulting from pregnancy and/or weight fluctuations. Diastasis which means stretched stomach muscles is a very common indication for a tummy tuck.

Tummy tucks are frequently performed as part of a “mommy makeover” for women whose bodies have experienced pregnancy.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. After the surgery, compression garments are recommended to help with healing and to reduce swelling. We want you up and moving even the day of surgery. Exercise and heavy lifting should be limited for 4-6 weeks. Your doctor will discuss pain management with you during your consultation.

Your Consultation

During your tummy tuck consultation, you will get an opportunity to discuss what your goals are and why you want to have an abdominoplasty done. This appointment will cover your medical conditions, any drug allergies, and your current use of medications, herbal supplements, alcohol, and tobacco. Any previous surgeries should always be disclosed.

Your surgeon may want to take photographs and show before and after photos of our previous successful surgeries so you can have an idea of potential final results. The surgeon will also discuss any risks involved with the procedure and make a final decision on how to proceed.

Being candid during your consultation will increase the success and safety of your abdominoplasty surgery. It is normal to feel some apprehension but getting important information prior to your surgery will go a long way to ensure the best results possible.