What is a
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin and strengthens weak abdominal muscles for a smoother abdominal profile. The procedure thins the waistline by getting rid of fat around your midsection when dieting, exercise is not enough.
During the procedure, the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess, sagging skin is eliminated, correcting a protruding belly and leaving the midsection flatter and better toned. Tummy tucks are a popular procedure for men and women, particularly those whose bodies have undergone dramatic changes from weight loss, medications, or pregnancy.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
There are several types of tummy tuck procedures, including an abbreviated “mini tuck” and extended tummy tuck. The approach the doctors take depends on the patient’s specific needs and goals. Your GraceMed surgeon will assess you at your consultation and discuss the most appropriate option to achieve your goals.
Generally, you will need full tummy tuck surgery if you have separated abdominal muscles and excess abdominal fat/skin above and below the belly button. If your abdominal muscles have not separated, and the excess fat/skin is located mostly below the belly button, you are likely a better candidate for mini tummy tuck surgery.
Your GraceMed surgeon will make a horizontal incision right above the pubic line. The doctors tighten the separated abdominal muscles, which narrows the waistline and removes excess skin (which may have stretch marks) and fat. Depending on the case, the surgeon uses liposuction techniques to remove excess fat on the sides (flanks). They may also relocate the belly button to a higher position on the abdomen.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
This procedure is used to rebuild weak abdominal wall muscles stretched by pregnancy or simply age. It helps to restore your self-confidence and get rid of excess fat and skin. It is a popular procedure, as part of a mommy makeover, to remove loose skin and fat from the abdomen caused by weight gain coincident with pregnancy and childbirth. It is also a great option for patients who have a history of a massive weight loss procedure.
A tummy tuck can also provide medical benefits including;
- Decreasing insulin resistance
- Improving cardiac and pulmonary function
- Reduces stress urinary incontinence
- Easier weight loss maintenance and management
- Better posture and improved abdominal tone
In general, you may be a good abdominoplasty candidate if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a non-smoker
- You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Abdominoplasty patients may experience minor discomfort in the first few days of their recovery, but this can be controlled with prescription pain medication.
Everyone recovers at a different pace, but it’s important for tummy tuck patients to get as much rest as possible while their body heals. The doctors advise their patients to wear a surgical garment to help the tissues conform to their new contours, and to avoid bending, lifting, and straining during the initial recovery. Further instructions will be provided during the consultative phase.
The GraceMed team may schedule several follow-up appointments with their tummy tuck patients to check their progress and advise when it is safe to return to work, exercise, and other normal activities. You can expect to be seen by your GraceMed Surgeon at one week, two weeks, one month, three months, and six months postoperatively, or as often as is needed. Your surgeon is always available to address any concerns his patients may have during their recovery to accomplish the best results.
Generally, most people who have this procedure are extremely happy – The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) has a 97% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf.
Before / After
Commonly Asked Questions
Does a tummy tuck leave a scar?
Yes, you will have slight scarring and it can take up to a year for your abdominal scars to fully mature and heal, depending on how you heal and your aftercare. Your scars never fully disappear but can easily be hidden underneath your clothes.
What's the difference between tummy tuck and liposuction?
Tummy tuck surgery involves resection of excess skin and fat, whereas liposuction removes fatty deposits only.
How painful is a tummy tuck
Most of the pain will be in the first few days following surgery. You can take pain medication to control the pain you are likely to experience. You may experience swelling for up to three months after the surgery. Usually tummy tucks are well tolerated from a pain perspective.
Will a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?
A tummy tuck can remove loose, excess skin and fat, and tighten. A tummy tuck can also remove stretch marks and excess skin in the lower abdomen below the bellybutton. Stretch marks out side of these area will not be removed.