Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. Abdominoplasty is not a replacement for diet and exercise. Our doctors use the latest techniques and technology to minimize post surgery pain, and ensure the most rapid recovery.
|Individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
During your consultation, you should be prepared to discuss previous surgeries, medical history, medications you are presently taking. Your overall physical and emotional health will be reviewed. Your skin quality will also be evaluated. Photographs may be taken for your medical record. Your surgeon will determine which procedure will most benefit you and whether or not additional procedures will be necessary for you to achieve your desired results. Recovery time, risks and limitations associated with surgery will be also be discussed. The doctor’s patient coordinator will review surgical costs and scheduling with you.
You will require anesthesia.The choice of medications that are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures will be advised by your doctor. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision weakened muscles are repaired and excess skin, fat and tissue are removed. A second incision may be required around the navel if there is excess skin to be removed in the upper abdomen area.