Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems. In such cases, a patient may wish to consider a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty). A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the tightening of abdomen muscles into a flatter more shapely waistline.
Before and After - Tummy Tuck*
Reasons for Considering an Abdominoplasty
Inability of dieting and exercise to improve the abdomen area.
Excessive accumulation of skin following weight loss.
Loss of skin elasticity or diastases (loose abdomen muscles) due to pregnancy.
The removal of unsightly skin stretch marks and fat deposits as well as the proper alignment of the abdomen muscles to produce a more flattering look.
Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around to the back.
The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is removed. The abdomen muscle tissue is tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. Finally, the incision is closed; and the skin is stitched back into place. Sometimes the procedure requires an additional incision around the navel in order to provide the best results.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. As the body recuperates, the patient can expect some swelling, pain, and discomfort. All our tummy tucks utilize a Pain Pump which infuses numbing medication to the surgical area minimizing post-operative discomfort. Medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure. The stitches will be removed shortly after the surgery depending on the procedure(s) involved. Light activities can generally be resumed within two weeks.
It may take up to a year for the body to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration. With proper diet and exercise the striking results of the surgery will be long lasting.