Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a procedure that is helpful in restoring a smooth flat contour to your abs and tightening any loose skin. The most common reason for tummy tucks are women who have had children and have a “pooch” and patients who have lost a lot of weight that can’t flatten their stomachs and tighten the loose skin with diet and exercise.
Where will I have it done?
Depending on several factors your procedure will be done either at a fully accredited surgical center as an outpatient, or at a hospital with an overnight stay.
What type of anesthesia?
This depends on your expectations and several other factors. This will be discussed with your surgeon before surgery. The two options are general anesthesia or local with sedation.
How long will my recovery be?
You will need someone at home with you for the first week to help you ambulate. By 10-14 days you will feel well and be mobile. You will need 4-6 weeks off of work. It will be 6-8 weeks before you can exercise. Although the discomfort resolves with several days, it will take several weeks until patients get over the fatigue.
Is there a big scar?
Yes, the scar from a tummy tuck is extensive. That doesn’t mean that is a bad scar. The scar is located low so that it is usually beneath the bikini line and is only visible if you want to show it to somebody.
What are some of the potential complications of tummy tucks?
- Poor Scarring
- Poor Healing
- Chronic Pain of Abdominal Wall
- Blood clots and Embolus