A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess belly skin and fatty deposits, and tightens the abdominal muscles.
Patients undergo a tummy tuck for a variety of reasons, including: excessive skin accumulation due to weight loss or pregnancy, or the loss of skin elasticity that accompanies aging. The goal of a tummy tuck is to create a more desired look that could not be achieved through regular diet and exercise.
Our Board Certified Physicians specialize in a wide range of cosmetic procedures, including tummy tucks. Known for their warm demeanor and experience in the field, our Board Certified Physicians can help you achieve the look you have always wanted.
A tummy tuck procedure begins with an incision made just above the pubic bone area. The incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen, and can stretch as far as the back in some cases. Excess skin and fat is lifted off of the abdominal wall, and removed.
Following this, the abdominal muscles can be tightened to create a flatter contour and more defined waistline. Depending on the patient, liposuction may also be used on the abdomen to improve the overall aesthetic result. Afterward, the belly skin that was lifted is then stretched and stitched back into place. Although this procedure works best for most patients, others do require an additional incision made around the navel area for optimal results.
In total, a tummy tuck can take anywhere between one to five hours depending on the patient.
Although normal activities can generally be resumed within two weeks, best results are achieved when the patient gets plenty of rest and limits their movement. Although discomfort and swelling is expected after a major surgery, oral pain medication and compression garments can be prescribed for relief.
It may take up to a year for the body to completely adapt to a tummy tuck procedure, as the abdominal muscles may be extensively manipulated. Remember to be patient and aware of any other changes during this time.
While a tummy tuck can greatly improve a patient’s appearance, it is not a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program.
During your consultation, both your health history and desired outcome will be discussed to decide the best course of action for you.
If you are interested in a tummy tuck procedure, schedule a consultation today with Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists.