Abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure which removes loose or overhanging skin and fat from the lower abdomen. An incision is made along the lower abdominal crease as well as around the umbilicus. Frequently the internal separation between your rectus abdominis or “6-pack” muscles is also repaired, giving you the feeling and appearance of a tighter abdomen.
This is considered a “full abdominoplasty” and is most often beneficial for women after one or more pregnancies or significant weight-loss. A “mini-abdominoplasty” removes excess tissue from the lower abdomen but may allow for shorter, more limited scars in those women with minimal laxity or excess. Talk to your surgeon to discuss which procedure is most appropriate for you.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and patients frequently go home the same day; however, an overnight stay may be required if combined with other procedures. Due to swelling and bruising, the final result is seen in four to six months. *Results may vary