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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck smoothes body contours and produces a firmer, flatter abdomen for men and women who have loose abdominal skin and excess fatty tissue, usually following several pregnancies or significant weight gain and loss.

Procedure: 1-3 hours in surgery, depending on the extent of the procedure.

Options: A full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and the navel. Your surgeon creates a new belly button, removes loose skin and fatty tissue, and tightens muscles from the lower ribs to the pubic bone, sometimes extending around to the sides and back. Liposuction may be included in the procedure. Click here for procedural renderings.

When fatty deposits and loose skin exist only below the navel, a mini-tummy tuck may accomplish desired results through a smaller incision at the pubic bone. Liposuction may be all that is required to remove localized excess fat.

Anesthesia: General anesthesia.

Length of Stay: A full tummy tuck sometimes requires an overnight stay. For a mini-tummy tuck or liposuction, plan to spend half a day or more at the Cosmetic Surgery Center. 

What to expect:  Prescribed pain medication will relieve your initial discomfort after surgery. The abdominal area may be swollen and tender. Tiredness is also common as you heal. Light walking is recommended as soon as possible to avoid blood clots, but you may be advised not to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. You’ll wear a compression garment for about two weeks to help reduce swelling and support the abdomen as it heals. Temporary changes in sensation are likely. Drains are usually necessary during the first week. Sutures will be removed in 5-10 days. Incisions will flatten and fade with time.

Resuming Activities: Usually, you can plan to return to work in 7-10 days. Normal activities may be resumed as soon as you feel comfortable.

Duration of results: Permanent, if weight remains stable.

Risks: Bleeding, infection, or wide scarring. All surgeries carry risks associated with anesthesia.

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