Tummy Tuck

During a tummy tuck procedure, any excess skin or fat that sits on the abdomen is removed from the lower and middle sections of the stomach.

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    COSMETIC SURGICAL PROCEDURE

    What Is Our Tummy Tuck Procedure & What Does It Address?

    The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that corrects the appearance of the abdomen.

    During a tummy tuck procedure, any excess skin or fat that sits on the abdomen is removed from the lower and middle sections of the stomach.

    The connective tissue within the abdomen called the fascia is tightened, stabilizing weak muscles in the abdominal wall. The procedure can also be used to remove stretch marks found on the lower abdomen.

    The flat and muscular stomach of a woman

    
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

    Our certified anesthesiologist will administer a general anesthetic before the surgery begins to ensure that you do not feel any pain and are not aware of the surgery as it takes place. Our team will then follow the surgical plan to address your excess fat and loose skin, as well as, any stretch marks or muscle weakness.

    With a traditional tummy tuck, we will make a hip-to-hip incision below the bathing suit line or a mini-incision for a mini tummy tuck. Once the incision is made, any excess skin and fat is removed from your abdominal muscles and the fascia is stitched together to create a tighter abdominal wall. The skin is then stretched downward to your incision line and trim any that isn’t needed.

    A second, small incision will be made to reposition your belly button. Drainage tubes are used to remove any excess fluid and all incisions stitched up, gauze dressing applied and placed in a compression garment.

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    What the Consultation Appointment Involves

    When you come in for your consultation, we will take the time to explain how a tummy tuck is performed and explain what the possible risks and benefits are.

    We will do a physical examination of the area and take a thorough medical history. We will then sit down for a discussion about your goals and desired outcome and talk about which procedures will best help you achieve a realistic appearance.

    Sometimes, tummy tucks can be combined with other procedures like liposuction to achieve a better body contour. Finally, we will also provide pre-operative instructions for what to eat, drink, and which vitamins and medications should be taken or stopped before the surgery.

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    Am I Eligible For a Tummy Tuck?

    Our tummy tuck procedure works well for both men and women, regardless of age, who are looking to correct excess stomach skin, lax abdominal muscles, or stretch marks (striae) along the abdomen. To be a good candidate for this procedure is someone who is:

    1. In general good health & are fairly fit.
    2. Have a body mass index (BMI) of less than thirty but preferably under twenty-five.
    3. Have fat deposits or loose skin that does not respond to exercise or diet.
    4. Someone who has gone through multiple pregnancies.
    5. A bariatric weight loss surgical patient.

    If you are a smoker, you must be able to stop smoking for a minimum of 8-weeks total. 4 before the surgery and 4 afterwards.

    A woman's flat stomach

    How Long Does Recovery Take?

    A woman's tummy laying on her side with white underwear

    The tummy tuck procedure affects your major core muscles, which is what allows you to stand, sit up, lift items, and move from side to side.

    For the first few days after the surgery, you won’t be able to stand up straight, which will make moving around difficult. In about a week’s time, you will be able to comfortably sit and stand up straight and the drainage tubes will be removed.

    The first two weeks will require pain medication to reduce the discomfort you feel. Most individuals fully recover from a tummy tuck in two to six weeks and can return to work.

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