Abdominoplasty, commonly called “tummy tuck”, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
The effects of aging, multiple pregnancies and major weight loss are all contributors to abdominal laxity and excess skin. When skin has been stretched and loses elasticity it has to be surgically removed. In order to tighten the abdomen, the surgeon will suture the abdominal muscles, pulling them closer together, which creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline.
The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
The best candidates for an abdominoplasty are men and women who are in good health and relatively good shape but are bothered by loose, hanging abdominal skin.
Our physicians perform three types of abdominoplasties: mini, full and extended.
Our physicians perform three types of abdominoplasties: mini, full and extended. The type of procedure required will be determined during the consultation with your surgeon. The most common of the three techniques is the full abdominoplasty which typically requires two incisions. One incision is made just above the pubic area and extends from one hip bone to the other. Your surgeon will attempt to keep this incision below the bikini line, but it is important to know that a permanent scar will remain. The second incision is made around the navel. The procedure is usually performed in an out-patient facility under general anesthesia.
In order to prevent fluid build up as you heal, drainage tubes will likely be placed in the abdomen and will remain in place for approximately two to three weeks. The incisions will be sutured and dressings and bandages will be applied. You will most likely have to wear a type of compression garment, which is similar to a girdle. This tight-fitting garment will help to reduce swelling by preventing fluid build up, as well as provide comfort and support as you heal. Depending on the extent of surgery, you may have to wear the compression garment up to several weeks.
As with any major surgical procedure, you will likely experience some pain, bruising and swelling, which will subside in a few weeks. While you may not be able to stand fully upright at first, it is important to begin to walk for short periods soon after the procedure to prevent blood clots in the legs. Most patients are able to return to work in one to three weeks. However, it may take six to eight weeks before feeling able to return to full normal activity, including heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.
Height: 5′ 6″
Procedure(s): Mini-abdominoplasty, including plication of the infraumbilical rectus facia and liposuction of the abdomen.
Height: 5′ 2″
Procedure(s): Mini-abdominoplasty and liposuction of the abdomen. 3 months post-operative.
Height: 5′ 5″
Procedure(s): Full abdominoplasty. 3 months post-operative
Height: 5′ 7″
Procedure(s): Full abdominoplasty, including plication of the rectus fascia. 4 months post-operative.
Height: 5′ 2″
Procedure(s): Full abdominoplasty and liposuction of both hips, epigastrium and back. 10 months post-operative.
Height: 5′ 6″
Procedure(s): Extended full abdominoplasty, patient underwent a Roux-en Y bypass surgery and lost weight from 287lbs to 165lbs. 8 months post-operative.
Height: 5′ 3″
Procedure(s): Full abdominoplasty, Liposuction of Upper Abdomen and Hips. 3 months post-operative.