Tummy Tuck

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Tummy Tuck

Excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen can be removed by a plastic surgeon with a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty). This procedure also tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and dramatically improves the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

Women in particular have a hard time strengthening these muscles after changes associated with pregnancy have stretched their abdomen to the limit. Weight loss can also cause loose skin in the abdominal area, which may be resistant to toning by exercise. Tummy tucks can be performed as an outpatient procedure, but some patients may be more comfortable staying in a hospital facility overnight.


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An incision is made just above the pubic area, and the navel is freed from surrounding tissue. Skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the rib cage, exposing the patient’s abdominal muscles. Muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into a new position for a firmer abdominal wall and narrower waistline. The skin flap is stretched down, and excess skin is removed. Since the skin has shifted, a new opening is made to stitch the navel in place. Incisions are closed, and dressings are applied.

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  • Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be either released within a few hours or hospitalized for one to two days.
  • Your abdomen may be swollen and feel uncomfortable for the first few days.
  • Tightness in the abdomen may prevent you from standing up straight for the first several days. Stitches are removed in five to seven days, after which support garments may be worn.
  • You may not feel energetic for several weeks, and depending on the level of your physical condition prior to surgery, you may take between two and four weeks to recuperate.
  • Light exercise and brisk walking is desirable after surgery, but vigorous exercise should be avoided for four weeks.


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