Tummy tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a "tummy tuck," is a surgical procedure that flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall.

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A complete tummy tuck usually takes two to three hours, depending on the

extent of work required by each tummy tuck patient. 

Who are the best candidates for a Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise.

The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal.

Loss of skin elasticity, which frequently occurs with weight loss or gain, can also be improved.

 

What is the ideal weight before having a Tummy Tuck?

For optimal results, it is recommended that patients be close to their ideal weight prior to their surgery. This will give patients the best shape and cosmetic outcome.

A tummy tuck will remove excess tissue and fat, tightening the muscles of the abdomen, so even patients who are moderately overweight will see a significant improvement in their results.

At what age is Tummy Tuck usually performed?

There is no "normal" age or time in one's life to have an abdominoplasty, but it is most often done after a woman has given birth and does not plan to have more children, or after someone has lost all the weight he or she intends to lose. 

Are the results of a Tummy Tuck permanent? 

Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the overall outcome can be greatly diminished by significant changes in your weight. For this reason, you may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck if you are planning substantial weight loss or considering future pregnancies.

While a tummy tuck is very effective at producing a flat tummy, it can result in a scar, possibly extending from hip to hip. 

Recovery Following Tummy Tuck Surgery

For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you're likely to feel some pain and discomfort that can be controlled by medication.

Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalized for a day or two.

Usually, small tubes or drains are inserted for few days to remove excess fluid and prevent swelling.

Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days and you will need to wear a support garment over your abdomen and under your clothes for about

3-4 weeks. 

Mini Tummy Tuck

What is a Mini-Tummy Tuck?

A mini-tummy tuck is the correction of limited excess skin confined to the central portion of the lower abdomen. It requires an incision at or just above and the length of the pubic region and may be shorter in length

While complete tummy tuck usually takes two to three hours, depending on the extent of work required by each tummy tuck patient. A mini-tummy

tuck may take an hour or two. 

Who are the best candidates for a Mini-Tummy Tuck?

The ideal candidate for a mini-tummy tuck is someone in good health with localized excess skin or fat usually between the belly button and pubic bone which does not respond to diet and exercise.

Recovery Following Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you're likely to feel some pain and discomfort that can be controlled by medication.

Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalized for a day or two.

Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days and you will need to wear a support garment over your abdomen and under your clothes for about 3-4 weeks.