Tummy Tuck Surgery
As men and women age, abdominal fat and skin laxity can develop due to factors such as pregnancy, improper diet, hormonal imbalances, stress, genetics, and weight fluctuations. While some patients can get rid of their flabby stomach through diet and exercise, others may not benefit from at-home methods. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can remove excess fat and skin along the midsection and tighten weak abdominal muscles to create a flatter, more aesthetically pleasing figure.
Tummy Tuck Procedure Options
Full Tummy Tuck Surgery
Full tummy tuck surgery will require an incision to be made along the lower abdomen that extends from hip to hip. Excess skin and fat are removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. The remaining abdominal skin is then pulled down, and the incisions are stitched closed.
Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
Mini tummy tuck surgery is beneficial for patients with a minimal amount of excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen (only below the navel). An incision is placed below the bikini line, excess skin is removed, and the lower abdominal muscles are repaired.
Liposuction can be performed alongside tummy tuck surgery to remove excess fat and enhance the overall results by achieving optimal contours.
Concerns About Tummy Tuck
Following your tummy tuck surgery, you will have drainage tubes placed along the treated area for one to two weeks to collect blood and other fluids. You will be required to wear a compression garment for six weeks to minimize swelling and maintain the new contours of your abdomen. Strenuous activity is generally not permitted for six weeks after surgery, but most patients can return to work within two to three weeks.
Tummy tuck patients can expect long-lasting results that will boost their self-confidence as they enjoy their slim new contours.
Some scarring will occur after tummy tuck surgery but will likely fade over time. Most incisions are placed in discreet areas that can be easily concealed with clothing and bathing suits.
The cost of tummy tuck surgery will be based on factors such as the technique and incisions used. During your consultation, Dr. Hadeed will provide you with an estimated cost that will best meet your surgical and aesthetic needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck
It is recommended that you get out of bed and take short walks as soon as you can after surgery, but strenuous exercise and lifting should be avoided for six weeks.
Tummy tuck surgery can remove stretch marks that lie below the navel. If you choose to have full tummy tuck surgery, more excess skin and stretch marks can be removed. Mini tummy tuck surgery is ideal for patients who require minimal correction in just the lower abdomen.
As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks involved with tummy tuck surgery. These include:
- Impaired healing
- Poor scarring