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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck as it is commonly referred to, is an operation that is designed to reshape the abdomen. Often, through weight gain and loss, pregnancies, and aging, the skin stretches beyond its elastic limit or ability to return to normal shape. Muscles also get pulled apart but never go back to original position. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat while underlying muscles are tightened.
The actual placement of incisions and design of the abdominal incision varies depending on the excess of the skin and the underlying tissues, the condition of the overlying skin, and prior scars.
For those women whose sagging skin is mainly in the lower abdomen, the mini-abdominoplasty is an option, however, the muscles do not get addressed with this procedure and is not as extensive as a full abdominoplasty due to a smaller incision that is easily hidden under a two piece bathing suit. This procedure offers a more rapid recovery, is done on an outpatient basis, and is often performed under straight local anesthesia.
Who is a Candidate for abdominoplasty?
Intended Results of Abdominoplasty
Procedure Description for Abdominoplasty
Recuperation and Healing
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
Reviewed by Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, MD, FACS, www.newlooklife.com