The Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen to reveal tightened abdominal muscles. With this procedure, we can correct loose abdominal skin and stretched muscles following pregnancy or significant weight loss.
The actual extent of this cosmetic surgery will depend on the amount of excess skin and the looseness of the abdominal muscles. This operation is usually done by your surgeon under deep sedation and local tumescent anesthesia commonly used in liposuction operations. However, some patients may need general anesthesia depending on the extent of surgery.
An incision is made near the bikini line and excess skin and fat are removed. The abdominal muscles are tightened, and the remaining skin is pulled tightly down, re-draped, and sutured. The incision is closed with a requisite number of layers of dissolvable sutures. The belly button will be replaced where it normally belongs, with a small circular incision. This operation is often combined with limited liposuction (lipo-abdominoplasty) or a fat-transfer procedure like the Brazilian Butt Lift.
Following this procedure, a compression garment like a girdle is worn for a few weeks. Your doctor will advise on how long to use this garment. Recovery may take several weeks. Even though dramatic results are immediately evident, complete recovery may take several months because of swelling. Patients may not fully realize results for many months following the surgery.
Tummy Tuck surgery is a very invasive procedure with significant complications. Complications increase for those who smoke, people with diabetes or morbid obesity, and patients with other significant medical illnesses. You must consult your doctor and discuss all details pertaining to significant complications before considering this procedure.
The Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and, at the same time, tighten the abdominal muscles.