Also known as Abdominoplasty, this procedure eliminates excess skin and fat on the anterior abdomen that usually protrudes or sags. It is sometimes referred to as "apron-ning" of the abdomen, and is usually sought by post-pregnancy patients with loose tissues and individuals with sagging from major weight loss. Tummy tuck removes these excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles (diasthesis), giving one an abdominal profile that is smoother, firmer and more appealing.
What happens during tummy tuck surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.
Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed.
A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
Step 4 – See the results
Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.
Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.