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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty Overview

Abdominoplasty is commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, one of the most common cosmetic procedures. It involves removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the mid and lower abdomen areas as well as tightening the abdominal wall muscles. The purpose of the tummy tuck is to contour and flatten the abdomen. 

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Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

Your doctor will evaluate if you would be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Common candidates for this surgery are:

  • Non-smokers
  • Close to their target weight
  • Are healthy physically and psychologically
  • Not planning on gaining weight or becoming pregnant in the future
  • Have a commitment to maintain their healthy weight with diet and exercise
  • Don’t have medical conditions that can increase surgical risks

How is this the tummy tuck preformed?

The tummy tuck is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. An incision is made horizontally in the lower abdomen where the surgeon can correct weakened abdominal muscles, sagging skin, and remove excess fatty tissue. Consult with your surgeon for an individualized tummy tuck treatment plan.

Recovery after tummy tuck surgery

As with any surgery, recovery time will vary based on health, age, post-surgery care, and type of tummy tuck. After surgery, you may have limited mobility and discomfort for a certain period of time. Smoking and drinking should be avoided for at least three months after surgery. Everyday tasks such as cooking, driving, and shopping are usually manageable after a week or two of recovery. You may feel a pulling sensation for weeks and even months after the procedure and usually fades over time. If you feel any discomfort, talk to your surgeon for options to mitigate the discomfort.

How quickly can I see results after surgery?

Results after tummy tuck surgery are almost immediate. You may also notice that clothes start fitting better since the abdomen feels tighter and excess skin has been removed.

What are the side effects / risks?

As with any surgery, there are certain risks and side effects to consider. Here are some of the common side effects when having a tummy tuck:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Scaring
  • Tissue Damage
  • Seroma
  • Death

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