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-designed to flatten and tighten the abdomen

What is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a procedure designed to address loose abdominal skin and fat, as well as to tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. You are potentially a candidate for this procedure if you have lost weight, resulting in loose abdominal skin and fat. Women are frequently a candidate after pregnancy.

General information:

  • Purpose: To remove excess hanging skin and fat and tighten the abdominal muscles, resulting in a flatter, firmer abdomen
  • Types of abdominoplasty:
    • mini - addresses the abdomen below< the umbilicus, and is frequently combined with liposuction above the umbilicus
    • full - addresses the entire abdomen, from the sternum (breast bone) down to the pubis
  • Incision: Abdominoplasty incisions are placed near the pubis (below the bikiniline), with the length of the incision depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed
  • Length of surgery: 2 1/2 - 4 hours (mini - outpatient, full either outpatient or an overnight hospital stay)
  • Anesthesia:  General
  • Recovery: Most activities can be resumed within a few weeks, while strenuous exercise will take longer, and will depend upon the extent of the procedure.