Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tucks:
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “Tummy Tuck,” is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower tummy and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. A Tummy Tuck, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
Am I a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for a Tummy Tuck procedure are women or men who are in relatively good shape, but are unable to lose bothersome fat deposits or loose, sagging skin through diet or exercise.
Women who have stretched their muscles and skin because of pregnancy, typically multiple pregnancies, are good candidates for this procedure. In addition, older clients who have lost skin elasticity due to the aging process and weight fluctuations may benefit greatly, as well.
Patients who intend to lose a great amount of weight or women who anticipate future pregnancies should postpone any Tummy Tuck procedure.
Do I also need liposuction?
Patients may benefit from a Tummy Tuck done in conjunction with liposuction to remove fat deposits from the hips resulting in a better body contour. Or, perhaps liposuction alone would create the desired result. The surgeon will discuss various options with you.
What is a belt-line Tummy Tuck?
If a patient would benefit from a lift of the buttocks in conjunction with a Tummy Tuck, a belt-line abdominoplasty can be performed. In this case, excess fat and tissue is removed circumferentially. Liposuction can be performed around the entire waist area in conjunction with this procedure, as appropriate.
What happens during surgery?
Abdominoplasty is performed in an outpatient surgical facility under general anesthesia and takes two to three hours to perform. During the procedure, excess skin is eliminated and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened to create a flatter, tighter contour. Following surgery, the patient may be discharged home or may require a 23-hour stay in the hospital.
How will I feel after my surgery?
Following discharge, the doctor will prescribe an oral pain medication to control typically mild to moderate discomfort. The patient also is fitted with an abdominal binder during surgery to provide support while healing.
How long will it take to fully recover from the procedure?
Following surgery, patients should restrict their activities for 2 or 3 weeks and all strenuous activities for a full four weeks or longer, if directed by the physician. The stitches are completely absorbable. Note that patients who are in good physical condition with strong abdominal muscles will recover more quickly. As directed by the surgeon, moderate exercise is helpful for a faster recovery.
Will the scar be noticeable?
While the Tummy Tuck procedure dramatically reduces the appearance of a protruding abdomen, it does leave a scar. The length of the scar will depend upon the extent of the procedure performed. Within approximately 9-12 months, the scar will flatten out and lighten in color, becoming less noticeable. It will not be visible under clothing or bathing suits.