Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty is designed to give you a smoother, flatter abdomen. The procedure tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall frequently stretched by pregnancy or aging. It may also be performed following significant weight loss which leaves loose skin and muscle weakness.
Abdominoplasty may be done on an outpatient basis or with a brief extended recovery. A horizontal incision is made just within or above the pubic area, designed to fit the patients needs for wearing bikinis or brief undergarments. The resulting scar is permanent but when placed within the lines of bathing suits or panties it will be inconspicuous and fades significantly over time.
Where there is loose skin above the naval (belly button), it is not possible to achieve a total correction in that area. When there are stretch marks on the lower abdomen a portion of these will be removed as long as they do not extend up to or above the naval. Remaining stretch marks are flattened and look better, but don’t expect dramatic improvement.
Many times a modified abdominoplasty or a less invasive operation can be performed that will give just as good a result as a major abdominoplasty with a lot less potential for problems, risks, complications and recovery difficulties. With a modified abdominoplasty, the lower abdomen is tightened and excess skin and fat removed without relocating the naval and having a scar around it. Liposuction is often indicated primarily or secondarily to reduce the bulk and unattractiveness of the abdominal contours. The decision regarding liposuction and when it should be performed is a matter of individual factors that will be discussed and advised by Dr. Terino.
Following surgery you will be encouraged to get out of bed for short periods on the first day. A support garment will be worn for several weeks. Strenuous activity must be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks. Most often you may return to work within 7 to 10 days.
After surgery you will have a firmer, flatter abdomen. The resulting scars are permanent but will fade considerably over time and will be placed in order to be camouflaged by clothing.