Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tighter, more fit-looking stomach can be achieved with a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty procedure. Extra skin folds in the abdominal region can be tough to eliminate with exercise and diet alone. Dr. John T. Cozzone and Dr. Luis A. Zapiach can address that stubborn, excess skin around the midsection and help you achieve a more toned appearance.
Contact Art Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery
A tummy tuck, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is designed to remove extra fat and skin around the midsection and redrape the abdominal area for a firmer look and feel. This common aesthetic issue can be the result of a number of factors, including:
- Significant weight loss
As excess fat around the abdomen can be extraordinary difficult to eliminate, even when a strict diet and a rigorous exercise regimen are part of the routine, the tummy tuck procedure can tighten skin around the abdominal muscles and rid your midsection of excess skin and fat.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Our plastic surgeons has performed many tummy tuck procedures and are committed to helping patients achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. The typical tummy tuck procedure begins with an incision made above the pubic area, which stretches from hip to hip. The navel is freed from surrounding tissue. The skin is then lifted and tightened over the abdominal muscles as the extra skin is removed. If needed and/or desired, excess fat can also be extracted via liposuction. The remaining skin is then redraped and tightened for a firmer, flatter appearance. Once completed, the navel is repositioned and the incision are closed.
The tummy tuck procedure can take anywhere from two to five hours, and can be completed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Typical recovery for an abdominoplasty can take several weeks to feel completely back to normal. However, patients are typically able to return to their daily routines after about one to two weeks. Some bruising and swelling should be expected while the areas heal, but any discomfort can be managed with medication. Serious exercise and excess strain on the abdominal region should be avoided for at least six weeks following the procedure. However, short walks to alleviate concern over blood clots should be taken soon after the surgery.
There can be a small amount of scarring from the tummy tuck procedure that will likely diminish over time to a certain extent. Because of the location of the incision, if scarring does not fully diminish, the scar can typically be hidden beneath clothing.
If you have any questions or concerns about the tummy tuck procedure, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.