What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck”, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal area while reshaping and tightening the abdominal wall. In most cases, it repairs weakened or separated muscles to create an abdominal profile that is smoother, flatter and more firm. A tummy tuck can be performed in conjunction with liposuction to contour the waistline for a shapelier midsection.
Tummy tucks are most commonly performed after pregnancy, but are beneficial for abdominal contour improvement in both men and women. Patients who experience sagging skin and loss of muscle tone due to significant weight loss, aging, or genetics will benefit from a tummy tuck as well as those who have stubborn abdominal fat not responsive to diet and exercise.
During your initial consultation for a tummy tuck you will meet with one of our board certified plastic surgeons to discuss your goals and expectations. Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed explanation of the tummy tuck procedure, answer your questions, and determine a surgical plan of care based on your expected outcome. After performing an exam and reviewing pertinent health history, your surgeon may order lab work and other pre-operative tests as deemed necessary. Lastly, you will meet with a surgery coordinator to discuss fees, surgery scheduling options, and make a pre-operative appointment to meet with the nurse for final preparation prior to surgery.
Your abdominoplasty surgery will be performed in our AAAASF accredited office surgical suite with a qualified anesthesia provider. Operative time in most cases is approximately two hours. Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and patients are discharged home the same day.
Patients requiring a hysterectomy often desire to have a tummy tuck performed in conjunction. Careful coordination between gynecologic and plastic surgeons is necessary to determine if this combination is feasible and safe. In this case your surgery will be performed at an area hospital with an overnight stay.
Your nurse will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions at your pre-operative visit and will review them again prior to your discharge home. Recovery time for a tummy tuck is about two weeks, and most patients take pain medication for 3-5 days. Patients can typically return to work within 1-2 weeks, but heavy lifting, pushing or pulling should be completely avoided for the first 10-12 weeks following your surgery.