SLIM YOUR MIDSECTION WITH A TUMMY TUCK

woman holding tummy

WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?

A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes the excess fat and skin from the abdominal area that is caused by pregnancy, aging, significant fluctuations in weight, genetics, or a prior surgery. A tummy tuck will help dramatically reduce a bulging abdomen as well as restore and tighten abdominal wall muscles.

THE PROCEDURE

A tummy tuck typically takes about two to three hours to perform and requires an outpatient visit under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a horizontal incision is made from hipbone to hipbone and a second incision is made around the navel. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall, the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed.

POST-OP AND RECOVERY

After your tummy tuck procedure, small drainage tubes will need to be inserted into your abdomen for about two days in order to remove excess fluid. Patients are typically released from the hospital after a few days and stitches will be removed after about a week. Sutures will be removed after about two to three weeks. It typically takes several weeks for patients to feel normal after surgery and full recovery time is expected to take a minimum of four months. It’s possible for the scars to darken during the first three to six months and they take about nine months to a year to fade, though they won’t disappear completely.

RISKS OF ABDOMINOPLASTY

Potential complications after tummy tuck surgery include infection and blood clots. A second operation may be needed if your body isn’t properly healing. These risks very rarely occur and the Greenwich Center for Plastic Surgery has performed several of these procedures with exceptional results.