Pregnancy, aging, significant weight changes, prior gastric surgery, and genetic factors can all contribute to a loose or sagging abdomen. Weak or separated abdomen muscles will also add inches to your waist, causing your belly to interfere with the tighter body profile you may desire.
Abdominoplasty is the medical term for a tummy tuck, the surgical procedure employed to contour the abdomen. The procedure flattens the abdomen by removing fat and excess skin, and repairs weaknesses in underlying abdominal muscles by suturing them together
How a Tummy Tuck Works
During an abdominoplasty, we make a horizontal incision along the front of your abdomen just above your pubic hairline. The length of the cut depends on the extent of the correction you need. In the most severe cases it may reach from hip to hip. In cases of extreme weight loss, the abdominoplasty can be extended to your sides and back to improve the contour of your lateral flanks and upper buttocks. After removing fat and cutting away skin, your belly button may need to be repositioned. A good abdominoplasty will give you a firmer belly contour more in proportion to your actual size. Patients who have lost a lot of weight through diet or exercise, who have undergone gastric surgery, or who have been pregnant often find an abdominoplasty to be very successful. The total healing period for an abdominoplasty is about four weeks.*
*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.
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Temporary Swelling, Bruising, Some Pain, Bleeding, Infection, Fluid Collections, Healing Problems, and Blood Clots.
Back to work: 1-2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4-6 weeks
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