Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat to reshape the abdomen and improve your appearance. Furthermore, the connective tissue within the abdomen is tightened up so that the remaining skin can be repositioned for a more toned look.
Many people choose abdominoplasty surgery when they have excess fat or skin around their belly button or if they have a weak lower abdominal wall and wish to improve their image. Undergoing an abdominoplasty procedure is not done out of vanity. Instead, abdominoplasty can help people regain confidence in their body if their skin has poor elasticity or weakened connective tissue in the abdomen as a result of weight gain, pregnancy, abdominal surgery, or simply aging.
To prepare for your procedure, your first visit will be spent speaking with one of our abdominoplasty doctors, and they will review your medical history. Subjects like past procedures, health conditions, and more may be asked of you, prepare to answer questions about your health before going in. After you’ve detailed your medical history and asked questions you may have concerning the procedure, your doctor will perform a physical exam of your abdominal area to best determine your treatment options. During this process, you’ll also have a chance to express your expectations for your appearance after the procedure and understand that side effects, like scarring, may be present afterward.
After the procedure, your health care team will likely help you walk for a time, as it is important to prevent blood clots from forming in the abdomen. Drains may also be used to remove excess fluids and can potentially stay in for multiple days, requiring regular maintenance that your doctor will show you how to perform. Furthermore, for up to six weeks after your procedure, you will have to wear a supportive abdominal garment to prevent buildups of fluid while you heal.