Generally referred to as a "tummy tuck", abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen as tightening and realigning the muscle of the abdomen. These steps can lead to a much tighter and appropriately shaped abdomen. Abdominoplasty procedures can be performed in various ways, but generally includes each of these steps and is catered to address each individual’s needs. This is a significant procedure and must be carefully planned surgically but also personally to allow proper healing time. Liposuction is a frequent component of this procedure.
What is involved in an abdominoplasty?
- The procedure reduces excess skin and fat from middle/lower abdomen. It may include a tightening of mid-line muscles of the abdominal wall. Abdominoplasty is not a treatment for obesity. If you want to lose weight, do so prior to having a tummy tuck.
What is a Mini-Abdominoplasty?
- The procedure can help tighten the lower abdominal skin (below the belly button). The scar is shorter than a full abdominoplasty.
What is a full Abdominoplasty?
- The procedure involves muscle tightening and skin removal. The incisions extend to or beyond the hipbones. Some Liposuction may be done but may not be as extensive.
What type of anesthesia is involved?
- Procedure is usually performed in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia.
How long is the recuperation period?
- You will have limited mobility and stiffness during the first few days following surgery and generally you will be out of work for 2-4 weeks.
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.