Both men and women can find it difficult to attain a tight and flat-looking stomach no matter how much they workout and diet. Loose abdominal skin and pockets of stubborn fat can make it feel impossible to improve the appearance of your abdomen. Abdominoplasty makes it possible to target loose abdominal skin and stubborn fat, as well as tighten loose abdominal muscles so you can have the tone and flat midsection you want.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. But bear in mind, it does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip. Some practices offer a less-invasive procedure known as a mini tummy tuck, but this procedure does not provide the same level of results. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery.
Women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy. If you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery, your doctor may recommend against abdominoplasty or may caution you that scars could be unusually prominent.
Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of the abdominal wall.
Length: 2 to 5 hours.
Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation.
In/Outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.
Side Effects: Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.
Risks: Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Need for a second operation.
Recovering from a Tummy Tuck
You can expect to experience some swelling, rising, and discomfort. Medication can be provided to help manage any pain. Most patients are able to return to work after around two to four weeks unless their job is physically strenuous. Light exercise can be resumed after around four weeks, but heavy lifting, running, and other physically demanding activities will need to be avoided for six weeks or more. It can take months for the swelling to fully subside. Any post-surgical marks will fade a bit over time and can be easily covered by underwear, pants, and swimsuits as they incision is made below the bikini line.
Tummy Tuck Cost
The price of abdominoplasty varies as each procedure is customized to provide the patient with the results they want. Our practice does offer financing options to make the payment process easier for our patients. questions about price and financing options can be addressed during the consultation process.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH DR. MORWOOD
Dr. Morwood is a board-certified plastic surgeon who will provide a custom-designed approach to help you achieve your aesthetic vision.
Please call (831) 646-8661 to set up a consultation.