What is a Tummy Tuck?
After pregnancy or weight loss, excess skin and fat can distort the appearance of the abdomen. The abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” procedure, creates a flatter, firmer abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles.
What Are The Different Techniques Available?
The abdominoplasty procedure is performed with a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen within the bikini line. The muscles of the abdomen are tightened, and the excess skin and fat are trimmed and redraped. Liposuction is sometimes used in addition to address the flanks.
Most abdominoplasty surgeries require repositioning of the navel. In the “mini” abdominoplasty procedure, lower abdominal muscle tightening with fat and skin removal are performed through a limited horizontal bikini incision only, without repositioning of the navel. Small drain tubes are placed with both techniques.
What Should I Expect After My Procedure?
After the procedure, a soft abdominal binder is placed. The drains are removed 1-2 weeks following procedures. Most sutures will dissolve. Patients generally require one week off from work after this type of procedure. Walking is permitted and encouraged immediately after the procedure, but strenuous activity and heavy lifting are limited until six weeks following the tummy tuck procedure.