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A tummy tuck, medically referred to as an abdominoplasty, has remained one of the most popular and effective surgical body contouring procedures for many years. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to tighten and repair loose abdominal muscles while eliminating excess skin that has collected in the abdomen. These concerns are very common and cannot be successfully addressed with diet and exercise, which often makes tummy tuck surgery an ideal option for both women and men who would like to enhance contours and skin firmness in the abdominal area. Our experienced plastic surgeons, Dr. Ayman Hakki and Dr. Nadya Clarke, customize every tummy treatment plan to the unique skin qualities and goals of each patient in order to create beautiful new abdominal contours with natural-looking results.
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Tummy tuck surgery is usually performed as an outpatient in our licensed surgical facility. IV sedation will be required for this procedure. Tummy tuck surgery begins with an incision made from one hip to the other, just above the pubic area. Another incision will be made in the navel region in order to reposition the belly button. Our plastic surgeon will then pull the abdominal muscles taut and repair musculature (if necessary). Excess abdominal skin will be removed, and the remaining skin will be tightened and redraped to produce a flatter, firmer appearance. If a significant degree of excess fat is also present in the area, liposuction may be used in tandem with tummy tuck surgery in accordance with the treatment plan discussed in the initial consultation.
The last stage of the tummy tuck procedure involves the careful closing and suturing of the incisions. There will be residual scarring after abdominoplasty; however, scars can often be well-concealed under clothing (even swimwear) and should fade to some extent over time.
Our surgeons utilize a special suturing technique designed to eliminate the need for drains during recovery from tummy tuck surgery. Progressive tension sutures help secure the skin of the abdomen to the tissue layers underneath, creating a tight bond and minimizing the potential for fluid build-up. Ultimately, this process can help patients avoid the need for uncomfortable drains while the area heals.
A tummy tuck involves major surgery and will require a period of downtime. Many patients will need approximately two weeks of rest and recovery before resuming work and other normal daily routines. There will be bruising and swelling in the abdominal area for several days following the procedure; however, these effects should dissipate as the area heals, and discomfort can be managed with medication. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise and activities that may strain the abdomen for a minimum of six weeks after surgery, although light walks will be encouraged soon after the procedure to reduce the risk of blood clots. Our doctors will provide you with a detailed post-operative guide to help you recover as safely and efficiently as possible.
Tummy tuck surgery has helped millions of Americans accomplish their body contouring goals and achieve what the most rigorous diet and exercise regimens simply cannot successfully address. If you would like to learn more about abdominoplasty or other body contouring treatments available at our practice, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons, please contact us today.