A “Tummy Tuck” or Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to flatten a protruding abdomen by tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall and removing any excess fatty tissue and skin. Many men and women have successfully undergone this procedure to help improve their self esteem. But it is important that you have realistic expectations when having any surgery and understand your probable outcome.
The best candidates for this procedure are those whose weight has been stabilized after their weight loss program or those who feel they are at their ideal weight. Sometimes, the tummy tuck is combined with other cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation and liposuction. The tummy tuck is usually performed in conjunction with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks. An incision is made in the bikini area and sometimes an incision up to the belly button. Excess skin and fat will removed through this incision. The area will then be sutured or stapled.
After the procedure, it is important that the patient have bed rest. Most patients are back to work in 1-2 weeks, depending on the degree of the surgery. Results can be dramatic and patients love their new figure!