Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure that extracts surplus fat and tissue from the abdominal region. A full or mini-abdominoplasty will tighten skin and muscle to eliminate the “paunch” caused by normal aging or pregnancy. In most cases, minimal scarring is hidden below the bikini line. Tummy tucks offer many advantages. The procedure will it flatten the abdomen, tighten the muscles, remove excess skin and fat along with unsightly abdomen scars and stretch marks.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under intravenous anesthesia. Mini and modified abdominoplasties are similarly performed. Mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar). Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair. Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles. Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides, this scar may extend around to the lower back.
Recuperation and Healing:
Abdominoplasty can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and can require a longer recovery time. Patients are encouraged to be moving and walking regularly within 1-2 days. Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days. Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks. Remember everyone heals differently.
An additional procedure that would enhance the result are Liposuction or Breast Procedures.