Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is an operation done to improve the abdomen with redundant skin and stretching of the muscles frequently due to pregnancy or significant weight loss. Modern abdominoplasty is no longer an operation that simply pulls the skin as tightly as possible and cuts off the excess. Today careful sculpting of the tissues is done involving tightening loose muscles and careful excision of redundant skin. Frequently, excess fat is removed with liposuction to further contour areas. There is a fairly long scar present from this procedure but it is generally placed in the “bikini line” as well as a small scar around the umbilicus or belly button.
It is generally best to wait for a woman to have an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck until after she has finished having children. It is an operation that gives improvement to people of all sizes although if the patient is considerably overweight they must have realistic expectations of the improvements they can receive.
Recovery time is generally 10 days to 2 weeks to return to office type jobs. Strenuous exercise such as running or weight lifting will take 4 to 6 weeks before they can be resumed.
- One of the most popular procedures done in the Pioneer Valley today.
- The improvement in the abdomen is usually dramatic, although obviously no guarantees can be made on results.
- The operation usually gives excellent results to most individuals; however, if one is overweight you need to have realistic expectations.
- Recovery time is generally a week for normal activities but heavy activities such as jogging or weight lifting would be 4 to 6 weeks.