Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
General Procedure Information
There are many reasons why a person may want to have an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck.
Some situations may include:
After Pregnancy After having children, women may have excess skin and fat around the tummy that does not improve with diet and exercise. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles are stretched as pregnancy progresses. In many cases, these muscles never fully bounce back to the shape they were in pre-pregnancy. A tummy tuck offers a solution to this problem. During surgery, the abdominal muscles are tightened, returning the abdominal muscles to their original, proper positions.
After Weight Loss After having losing a significant amount of weight, a person may be left with a lot of extra skin around the midsection. This excess skin can make wearing certain clothing bothersome or uncomfortable. In some cases, people may develop rashes due to this excess skin. These problems can make physical activity and even daily life more difficult than it has to be.
Abdominal Contouring A person may simply want to get their younger shape back, and exercise isn’t giving him or her the results they desire. Patients who have put in the hard work of a maintaining a consistent, healthy diet and exercise may find undergoing a tummy tuck could be the final piece of the puzzle to achieving their goals.
About the Surgery
The Procedure A horizontal incision is made above the pubic hairline. A standard abdominoplasty will involve an incision from hip bone to hip bone. A mini-abdominoplasty will involve a slightly shorter incision. An extended abdominoplasty involves an incision that may extend around the hip bones. Underlying abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin and fat are removed. If a patient desires, a tummy tuck may be combined with liposuction of the hips or flanks to create a smoother contour of the midsection.
Procedure Length Approximately 2-3 hours.
Surgery Location Accredited, outpatient surgical facility with the support of a board-certified anesthesiologist
Recovery Drains are placed at the time of the procedure to collect and drain any fluid that may try to accumulate. An abdominal binder is placed for compression to help resolve swelling quicker. This binder is typically worn for around 4-6 weeks. Patients should talk with Dr. Breister Ghosh about the physical demands of their job, but should usually plan for a minimum of 2-3 weeks off work.
Duration of Results Permanent, if a healthy lifestyle is maintained