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So You’d Like to Get a Tummy Tuck?…

Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) is the removal of excess fat and skin and tightening the abdominal muscles for a flatter abdomen.

In a typical procedure, an incision is made from hip bone to hip bone across the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. This procedure is done under general anesthesia and a full recovery may take several months. Patients generally leave the hospital after 12-48 hours following surgery.

There are several types of tummy tuck procedures. Your surgeon will recommend the specific one that may be best for your needs. Liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with abdominoplasty, to remove abdominal fat. (Endoscopic abdominoplasty is another technique for minimizing scars; it may be useful when patients have only a mild degree of excess fat and muscle laxity.

A partial tummy tuck requires a smaller incision and the belly button may not be moved. In both procedures, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the ribs. The vertical muscles in the abdomen are pulled into their new position and secured, resulting in a firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline. The skin is stitched into place and excess skin removed.

Full rest is required five to seven days following surgery. Possible complications are pain, swelling, bruising, infection, umbilical retraction, reaction to stitches and interrupted blood supply to skin (which may require skin grafts). Fortunately, significant complications from abdominoplasty are rare. However, you should discuss the benefits and risks of surgery with your surgeon before proceeding. You can help to lessen the risks by following the advice and instructions of your surgeon before and after surgery.

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