Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Have you had children and it stretched your abdominal skin and muscles? • Are you self-conscience when in a swimsuit or when being intimate with your partner because of loose skin on your abdomen? • Do you exercise to try and flatten your tummy to no avail?
What is an Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is surgery to flatten and reshape the abdominal region. Excess skin is removed and lax muscles are often tightened. Tummy tuck benefits include your abdomen becoming much smoother and tighter, clothes fitting better and self-confidence improving. The complexity of an Abdominoplasty will vary depending on the patient, the amount of loose skin, the amount of muscle laxity, and the desired improvement. Sometimes only a ‘mini’ abdominoplasty is required which is a shorter incision, the belly button is unaffected and the muscles are not addressed.
A standard Abdominoplasty often requires an incision from hip to hip. The abdominal muscles are sutured together to tighten them, muscle is not cut. The belly button (umbilicus) is released via a circular incision, the skin is pulled down and excess is trimmed off, the belly button is then released back into its original position and sutured into place. Skin will be lifted for any necessary muscle repair after the incisions are made. Stretch marks are often trimmed away with a tummy tuck. Sometimes an extended abdominoplasty is performed with incisions that extend around the hips to remove excess skin that extends past the abdomen, and still yet, sometimes a lower body lift is required. Abdominoplasty is performed with either general anesthesia or local anesthesia. Incisions for an abdominoplasty extend around the hips to remove excess skin that extends past the abdomen, and still yet, sometimes a lower body lift is required. Depending on what you and Dr. Partington have discussed, you will either be getting a full or a mini tummy tuck. The size and area of the incision will depend on desired results and drainage tubes may be placed to remove excess fluid. An Abdominoplasty procedure can accomplish what no amount of exercise possibly could. It is one of the most popular procedures performed and has a very high satisfaction rating.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Are tummy tucks dangerous?
Tummy tucks are generally safe but have some risks that come with any surgery. This includes infection or reactions to anesthesia.
Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?
Tummy tucks do not affect your ability to get pregnant. However, because future pregnancies can compromise your results, most patients wait until they are no longer having children before pursuing a tummy tuck.
Can a tummy tuck cause stomach issues?
Some issues after a tummy tuck include swelling or tightening skin as you heal in addition to a scar at the incision site.
Can you lose weight after tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck causes, on average, two to five pounds of weight loss. Many patients also find that it is easier to lose weight after their procedure.
Can I walk after tummy tuck?
After your tummy tuck, you are encouraged to gently walk every day to prevent blood clots.
Recovering from abdominoplasty takes time and you may experience some pain and discomfort. It is crucial to spend the first few days in bed with minimal activity. Dr. Partington will provide a list of what to expect as far as swelling, garments, and medication. Swelling and bruising can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. If you feel as though your discomfort or side effects are above average or you have been experiencing them for too long, contact Partington Plastic Surgery right away to discuss the best way to treat them.