Abdominoplasty ~ or tummy tuck ~ is best suited for women and men who are in relatively good shape, but have loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that will not respond to dieting or exercise.
Abdominoplasty is an operation designed to firm and smooth the abdomen and stomach area. This cosmetic procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter, tighter abdominal profile.
A flat stomach is important to a physically fit appearance. However, a healthy diet and regular abdominal workouts can sometimes do little to eliminate accumulations of excess fat and loose, sagging skin in the abdominal area. If you are bothered by these problems, abdominoplasty may be a good choice for you.
Are You a Good Candidate?
- If you have loose or sagging abdominal skin frequently associated with abnormal relaxation of the anterior abdominal wall muscles (frequently done to multiple pregnancies or prior surgery).
- If you are unable to tighten abdominal skin with exercise.
- A smoother flatter abdomen.
- The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting.
- Standard abdominoplasty tightens the main abdominal wall muscles and removes excess sagging skin.
Recuperation and Healing
- Abdominoplasty can be an uncomfortable plastic surgery procedure, which may require extended time away from work.
- Assistance at home is often needed for 1 to 3 days after surgery.
- You will be encouraged to be moving and walking regularly within 1 to 2 days.
- Light activity is comfortable in 10 to 20 days. You will be able to resume sports and normal exercise routines in about 6 weeks.
- Additional procedures that may enhance the result are Liposuction, Breast Procedures, or Thigh Lift.
- This procedure is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for the full payment.
- The specific risk and suitability of the procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Such possible complications are best reviewed with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery.
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