Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, while at the same time tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall, restoring a firm and toned appearance often unachievable through diet and exercise alone. The surgery is particularly relevant to women who have recently undergone pregnancy, or individuals with excess abdominal skin due to drastic weight loss. A tummy tuck, however, is not an alternative to losing weight through diet and exercise.

How is a Tummy Tuck performed?

Full & Mini Tummy Tuck

There are two types of abdominoplasty procedures – mini and full. A mini tummy tuck is performed if the patient’s treatment area is confined to the lower abdomen. This procedure carries the benefit of not generally necessitating the repositioning of the belly button. Less surgically extensive, it also allows for a shorter recovery period and a smaller scar.

Loose muscle, skin, and excess fat throughout the entire abdomen often require a full tummy tuck. The increased scarring associated with a full tummy tuck is offset by the greater improvements associated with the procedure. During the pre-surgical consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, they will help to determine which procedure is best suited for your needs.

During surgery, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area, the length of which is dependent upon the amount of skin being removed. For those who have recently lost a large amount of weight, a smaller, vertical incision may also be employed (to correct horizontal skin laxity). In addition, areas of fat are treated with liposuction, while the skin is stretched to tighten the abdominal area. Muscles within the abdomen are also tightened using sutures in the lower midline.

Recovery

After surgery, a drain is placed in an incision point to prevent the buildup of tissue fluid, which will be in place for up to 6-10 days. Depending on the extent of the procedure (such as mini vs. full tummy tuck), tummy tuck patients can expect to return to normal activity from between two to four weeks following surgery.