After pregnancy or significant weight loss, the skin across your abdomen may become loose or excessive. A surgical procedure called Abdominoplasty, also known as the tummy tuck, can dramatically restore you shape by tightening lax abdominal wall muscles and removing excess skin and fat.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A TUMMY TUCK
In a tummy tuck, we make a horizontal incision low on the abdomen, just above the pubis in a natural skin fold, separating the excessive skin from the underlying muscle layer of the abdominal wall. This allows us to examine the muscles and their covering layer and to repair any weaknesses or laxity.
Achieving a flat abdomen usually requires repairing this muscle layer. In most cases, we perform liposuction of the abdomen and waist to help sculpture the area. While you are still asleep, you will be placed in a special garment to provide gentle, even pressure. This helps prevent fluid accumulation in the surgical area and protects the deeper muscle repair. In some cases, where laxity is not extensive, a more limited procedure known as mini-abdominoplasty may be more appropriate. Your CPS plastic surgeon will discuss all the options during your consultation.
Three to five days after your surgery, you will return to the office for removal of drains. You will continue to wear the support garment for three weeks except when you bathe. While you should avoid strenuous exercise or athletics during this time, we will encourage you to walk. Walking will decrease the risk of complications. Within seven to ten days, you will most likely be comfortable enough to resume light activities. Your complete return to normal activity levels will take about three weeks. Complications from a tummy tuck are uncommon. There are rare instances of skin damage that can extend the healing period. Your incisions from a tummy tuck are easily concealed by underclothing or swimsuits.