The stomach you have always wanted
A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is performed to improve the contour and aesthetic appearance of the abdomen. Lipoabdominoplasty is when liposuction is performed as an adjunct procedure during an abdominoplasty to help improve your figure.
Women and men are potential candidates for an abdominoplasty. Patients often have a history of pregnancy or significant weight loss with resultant excess of skin and/or fat. Smoking is a contraindication for the procedure and patients’ weight should be around 10 pounds of their goal weight for at least 6 months.
Reward yourself for all your hard work
Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure. It is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. If weight fluctuations occur post-operatively the results realized immediately after surgery can be diminished.
What to expect during a tummy tuck
During the procedure, an incision is made in the pubic area extending from hip to hip. Excess skin is then removed between that incision and the belly button. The abdominal muscles are brought back to the midline by suturing them together. The remaining abdominal skin is then pulled downward and the belly button is repositioned to its normal position. Finally, the incisions are closed and a dressing/garment is applied.
The procedure takes 2-3 hours to perform depending on the details of each case. It is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia and is performed at Auburn Surgery Center.
Procedures based on what you need
If your abdominal fullness and loose skin are confined to the area below the belly button, you may be a candidate for a mini abdominoplasty, which has a shorter incision and limits the tightening to the lower abdomen.
If the fullness and skin laxity involve your entire abdomen, then a full abdominoplasty is most likely needed to help you achieve your desired results. However, most people require a full abdominoplasty. During your consultation, we will determine and explain which method is right for you.
Getting the most out of your procedure
The recovery time varies for each patient. Many patients return to nonstrenuous work within 2-3 weeks. You will have drains in place for 1-2 weeks on average. We request that you wear your compression garment and avoid exercise for 4 weeks after surgery. You will need to walk with your back stooped for 1-2 weeks to avoid stressing your incision. Showers are permitted but no submerging the incisions.