An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, can often help contour the abdomen after pregnancy or weight loss. In this procedure, a specialist removes excess skin and fat to give the abdomen a smoother appearance. It’s possible to combine a tummy tuck with hernia repair, if needed.
Types of Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty includes a number of techniques. A person’s particular anatomy helps determine which technique will be the most effective. Following is a list of the various options you and your surgeon can discuss.
Techniques include: mini-abdominoplasty, extended abdominoplasty, circumferential body lift (used for those with excess skin and tissue on the abdomen and back).
Additionally, a tummy tuck can include a technique that tightens the muscles of the abdomen to give it a flatter appearance.
Most people who undergo a tummy tuck will have a scar that extends from hip to hip and is hidden in the bikini-line area.
You and your specialist will discuss your specific goals before determining the techniques available to help you meet them. After assessing your particular anatomy and your goals, your surgeon will develop a treatment plan designed to meet your needs.
Recovery After Surgery
After a tummy tuck, most people report that pain and swelling are most noticeable in the following two to three weeks. While you are healing, you may find that you can sleep most comfortably in a recliner or in bed with pillows under your knees. We will ask you to refrain from lifting heavy objects or resuming your work-out routine, and we will encourage you to walk around the house to help improve circulation. In the three months after surgery, swelling will continue to decrease. The final results will be visible in the first year after surgery.
Why Choose Us?
We offer board-certified specialists who have the experience and expertise to offer you the best possible results after abdominoplasty. And we’ll work with you to ensure the treatment plan we create is designed specifically for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m a candidate for a mini-abdominoplasty?
While it’s true that, in some cases, a mini-abdominoplasty will not restore the abdomen as effectively as a standard abdominoplasty, your plastic surgeon will assess your anatomy and specific goals to determine the best procedure for you.
Can liposuction be combined with abdominoplasty?
Yes, many people choose to have both liposuction—a technique that removes fat from targeted areas—and abdominoplasty. Targeted areas often include the flanks, back and superior abdomen.
How long will I be off work?
Most people choose to take two to three weeks off work so they can focus on recovery.