Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
What is a tummy tuck?
After pregnancy or weight loss, excess skin and fat can distort the appearance of the abdomen. The abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck" procedure, creates a flatter, firmer abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
During your initial consultation you will meet with a Body Cosmetica Patient Coordinator to discuss your objectives and expectations from the procedure. We will then introduce you to the physician, who will take a complete medical history, and perform an examination of the skin, soft tissue and muscles of the abdomen. They will then suggest a procedure that suits you best and answer any questions that you might have about your tummy tuck procedure. In fact, if you have any questions regarding other procedures like breast enhancement, liposuction or other cosmetic enhancement, that too can be answered at the time of cosunltation.
What are the different techniques available?
The abdominoplasty procedure is performed with a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen within the bikini line. The rectus abdominis muscles of the abdomen are tightened when indicated, and the excess skin and fat are trimmed and redraped. Liposuction is sometimes used in addition to address the flanks. Most abdominoplasty surgeries require repositioning of the umbilicus, or navel. In the "mini" abdominoplasty procedure, lower abdominal muscle tightening with fat and skin removal are performed through a limited horizontal bikini incision only, without repositioning of the navel. Small drain tubes are placed with both techniques. The tummy tuckprocedure averages two hours in length and is performed in our private ambulatory surgery facility under general anesthesia. Most patients are able to return home that evening.
What should I expect after a tummy tuck procedure?
After the procedure, a soft abdominal binder is placed. The drains are removed 1-2 weeks following procedures. Most sutures will dissolve. Patients generally require one week off from work after this type of procedure. Walking is permitted and encouraged immediately after the procedure, but strenuous activity and heavy lifting are limited until six weeks following the tummy tuck procedure.
Why should I choose Body Cosmetica for my tummy tuck?
At Body Cosmetica, we are committed to you. We know how important this procedure is for you. You only want to do it once, and you want to get it right. We will introduce you the right surgeon. That is why you choose Body Cosmetica.
The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
- Gives your stomach a flatter and firmer appearance
- Decreases the width of your waistline
- Improves, if not eliminates the appearance of stretch marks
- Enhances confidence and improves the way your clothes fit