Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty, is a major surgical procedure to help recontour the abdominal wall. The procedure is designed to remove and tighten skin, fat, as well as the muscle layer in the abdominal wall. These procedures can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. They can also be carefully combined with additional procedures and other surgeries.
To minimize risks, a thorough consultation and evaluation is imperative, and a close discussion with any other surgeons that are involved is essential. There are several types of abdominoplasty from a mini-tummy tuck, to a tension abdominoplasty, to a full abdominoplasty. Each surgery treats different deformities and have specific indications. All of these procedures can be combined with liposuction when done carefully.
Who is a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. We can also help older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity.
Abdominoplasty can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to delay abdominoplasty.
We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.
Though rare, post-operative complications from surgery are possible. They may include infection, blood clots, and poor healing, which may require further surgery.
Patients who have had previous abdominal surgery should know that their old scars could be raised, stretched or generally more noticeable after the procedure. A scar revision procedure after abdominoplasty may minimize the appearance of an unsightly scar.
After surgery, patients need close follow-up to have drains removed, as well as wearing compression garments over the lower abdominal region. Most patients return to work after 2 weeks, and occasionally will take 3 to 4 weeks to fully recuperate. Vigorous exercise can typically be resumed after that time.
Abdominoplasty produces excellent results for patients with loose skin and fat in the lower abdominal region, as well as weakened abdominal muscles. In most cases, the results are very long lasting.