ANDREW T. LYOS, MD, FACS
- A flat, firm abdomen—what everyone wants, but many find impossible to obtain. Pregnancy, weight gain, and weight loss take a tremendous toll on a body, particularly the waistline. A tummy tuck can help by erasing the effects of repeated stretching and weight fluctuation. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the muscle of the abdominal wall. The result of a tummy tuck is to dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, giving a flatter, tighter stomach and a thinner waistline.
- A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes large amounts of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. The procedure also tightens muscles of the abdomen, resulting in a smaller waistline and a more slender profile. For a small amount of excess fat and loose skin, a mini-tummy tuck may be a suitable option. This procedure flattens the abdomen, but involves a smaller incision and requires less healing time.
- Both complete and mini-tummy tucks are frequently performed in conjunction with liposuction to remove fat from the hips, for better results. Complete abdominoplasty usually takes between three to four hours, and a mini-tummy tuck takes two to three hours. After surgery, soreness and discomfort is controlled with medication. You may be up and around in a day or two. Most people return to their routines in seven to 10 days, but overactivity should be avoided for three to four weeks.