Abdominoplasty often referred to as a “tummy tuck” is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for men and women. It is the best procedure when you have excess skin as well as fat in the abdominal area. This can be the result of pregnancy, major weight loss or loss of skin elasticity in older people. A tummy tuck restores a smoother, firmer, more youthful contour to the waistline and tummy by removing excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen while also tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall.
This procedure involves two incisions – one from hip bone to hip bone close to the pubic area and another around the navel. Skin will be separated from the abdominal muscles which are pulled together and stitched into place which results in a firmer abdomen. The skin flap is then stretched over the tightened muscles, excess skin is removed and then stitched together. The naval is placed in a natural position.
Following surgery, there will be some swelling and a compression garment will need to be worn for several weeks. We recommend patients take four weeks off from work to rest and recover.
Results are visible right away with continuous improvement over the next several months. Scars will fade over time.
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