Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery can improve the shape and contour of the stomach to give you the body you desire. Many women, especially after pregnancy, experience sagging skin and excess fat around their midsection. Even with proper diet and vigorous exercise, it may be hard to get the results you really want. With a tummy tuck, the surgeon removes the excess skin and fat in the tummy area to help patients achieve a firmer, flatter stomach. As a result, tummy tuck patients fit better in their clothes, are more confident with their bodies, and experience higher self esteem.
Surgery: A tummy tuck is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The abdominoplasty surgery begins with an incision across the lower abdomen, generally from hip to hip, depending on how much skin there is to be removed. Excess skin and fat are then removed from the abdominal area and, occasionally, liposuction is used to contour the stomach and waist area. After the extra fat and skin are removed, the internal muscle structures of the abdomen are tightened and sutures are used to close the incision.
Recovery: For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you are likely to feel some discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or remain for several days. With a healthy diet and regular exercise program, most patients can maintain their abdominoplasty results over time. Although post-surgical scars are unavoidable after a tummy tuck, many surgeons place incisions so that scars can be easily concealed by the patient’s swimsuits or underwear. Over time, the post-tummy tuck scars will fade considerably. After surgery, we may recommend a cream to use on the incision area to minimize the scar.