Tummy Tuck Surgery, also known as “abdominoplasty“, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.
The surgery is most commonly performed after pregnancy or weight loss in women and after weight loss in men, also known as a male tummy tuck.
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You may be a good candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight;
- You have loose or droopy skin around your stomach;
- You have excess stomach fat that hasn’t responded to diet or exercise.
Before & After
Step 1. Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2. The incision
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button.
The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired.
A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
The upper abdominal skin is pulled down like a window shade. The excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is created. The belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position.
Step 3. Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
Step 4. See the results
Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
At what age is Tummy Tuck usually performed?
There is no “normal” age or time in one’s life to have an abdominoplasty, but it is most often done after a woman has given birth and does not plan to have more children, or after someone has lost all the weight he or she intends to lose.
Is there much pain associated with abdominoplasty?
The amount of pain with an abdominoplasty is quite variable. Some people report a moderate amount of discomfort and some say it is more intense. But there will be some pain. Your plastic surgeon can give you a prescription for pain relievers.
When can I return to work?
Tummy tuck has a shorter recovery time than a full abdominoplasty, which usually takes about two weeks to resume sedentary work and 3-4 weeks to return to other activities like exercise.
While the drains are in, you should rest in bed or on a couch, but get up to walk frequently.
When will I be able to see the results?
You will start to see a difference after the swelling subsides and the drains are taken out. A full tummy tuck is considered a very invasive procedure. Give your body time to heal and you will reap the many benefits of the procedure.
How long should I wear the compression garment?
You may be told to wear a compression garment, usually a girdle or a wide band of elastic material. You may be instructed to wear this for 3 to 6 weeks. Many patients can return to work after 2 weeks after tummy tuck surgery.
How long do the results of a Tummy Tuck last?
The results can last for many, many years. If you have no large weight gain or pregnancies after your tummy tuck, then the changes will be relatively permanent. There will be some relaxation of the tissues with age, but not to the extent prior to surgery.