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Many women and men desire a flat stomach to feel and look physically fit; an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can help achieve this aesthetic goal. If a healthy diet and regular exercise does little to eliminate accumulations of excess fat and loose sagging skin in your abdominal area, a tummy tuck may be the perfect procedure for you.
Abdominoplasty is designed to firm and smooth the abdomen. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter, tighter abdominal profile.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Video
Click on the photo box below to view this informative, procedural presentation including an introduction, an overview with illustrations indicating incisions and how the procedure is performed, how best to prepare and what to to expect, and how to take care of yourself after the procedure.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Women and men who are in relatively good shape, but have loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that won’t respond to dieting or exercise are good candidates for a tummy tuck.
You may also be a good candidate if you have any of the following conditions:
- Excess or loose, sagging abdominal skin
- An abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of the body
- Abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy or aging
- Excess fat that is concentrated beneath the abdominal skin
In some cases, an existing scar can be used for the new incision, as is often the case for women with Cesarean section scars. Keep in mind that plans to become pregnant or to lose a significant amount of weight should be considered before having surgery.
Post-operative Procedures & Recovery
At the end of the procedure, a special garment is worn to provide gentle, even pressure. This helps prevent fluid accumulation in the surgical area and protects the deeper muscle repair. Within the first week, the bruising and swelling will reach its peak. You may not be able to stand perfectly straight at first, but you will be encouraged to get out of bed soon after surgery to promote blood circulation.
You will continue to wear the garment for three weeks except to bathe. While you should avoid strenuous exercise during this time, we encourage you to walk. Walking decreases the risk of complications.
After several weeks, you may return to work and gradually increase your activity. Your incision line will continue to fade as the months pass. However, it’s important to realize that your scar will be permanently visible, yet easily concealed by undergarments or swimsuits. As the bruising and swelling continues to subside, you will begin to see your results.
Abdominoplasty produces long-lasting results. Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight, you can expect to retain your new shape for many years. Over time, gravity and aging may cause your skin to loosen somewhat and additional treatment for restoring a more youthful abdominal contour may be recommended.
Tummy Tuck Cost
The cost of this procedure depends on the length of the surgery, the amount of tissue removed, the technique used during surgery, and more. During your consultation, Dr. Lopes can discuss the cost of this procedure with you, or if you have any questions, you can call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to give you an estimate.
Set Up A Consultation Today
If you’d like to find out more information about this procedure or think you could benefit from a tummy tuck, all our office today at (757) 497 - 5400 for more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. JoAnne Lopes. Dr. Lopes is a highly acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon who will answer any questions you may have about this procedure.
Information provided by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery