Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is the most common procedure for flattening the
stomach. The tummy tuck is helpful to women who have stretched muscles and skin
after pregnancy, or for women who have lost a great deal of weight. The procedure
removes excess skin from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles
of the abdominal wall. The resulting scar is permanent, but can be hidden below the
bikini line.

This procedure is often combined with other procedures like Breast lifts or
Liposuction to produce a very popular series of surgeries called Mommy Makeovers.

Along with the tummy tuck, your surgeon may recommend liposuction to remove
excess fat deposits… creating a more desirable body contour. Patients who plan to
lose a lot of weight or plan future pregnancies should probably postpone having a
tummy tuck.

This procedure is usually performed in 2 to 5 hours with a minimum of one to two
days in the hospital to monitor your recovery and ensure your comfort and safety.
The recovery period is usually 1-2 weeks.

Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a Tummy Tuck, is a popular cosmetic
surgery procedure used to tighten overly stretched abdominal muscles and skin in an
effort to achieve a smoother, flatter appearance. Whether stretched by factors such
as weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy, etc., the abdomen frequently fails to return
to its original shape. Stretched beyond the capacity to return to normal, abdominal
tissues don’t always respond to various exercise and diet programs. In such cases, a
tummy tuck may provide a highly effective, immediate solution in the treatment of
stubborn abdominal areas.

In short, a tummy tuck may dramatically tighten the abdominal muscles as well as
remove sagging, excess skin and accumulated fatty tissue. As an added benefit of the
tummy tuck, not only will the abdominal region be firmer and flatter, but the waist
will be smaller as well.

While the degree of improvement varies significantly depending on the magnitude
of the abdominoplasty surgery, other factors contribute to the surgical outcome such
as the patient’s skin tone, body build, and the individual healing process. Aside from
these issues, most patients are happy with the results offered through
abdominoplasty and maintain a more favorable body image following the surgery.


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