Tummy Tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, trims, flattens and firms a bulging abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and by tightening loose abdominal muscles.
Tummy Tuck may be appropriate if you have trouble trimming your abdomen despite exercise or weight loss or following changes in your midsection after pregnancy.
A mini tummy tuck treats a limited, central tummy bulge with a short incision just above the pubic region.
With your procedure, excess skin and fat of the abdomen that extend to the hips and love handles is removed. The abdominal
muscles are also repaired internally. You may also require an incision around the umbilicus (belly button). Liposuction may be
used to reduce excess fat or shape the waist at the time of your surgery.
Most Tummy Tuck procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia however some patients may
request an overnight stay when combined with other procedures.
Recovery depends on the extent of your tummy tuck. Light activity can be done the day after your surgery; a return to more normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. A light compression garment may be recommended during your recovery to help reduce fluid retention and shape your flatter abdomen.
Results can be long-term, but weight loss/gain or pregnancy may alter your appearance.