Who Is A Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?

A consultation with one of our surgeons is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure. Generally, patients seeking a tummy tuck are in good health and have excess skin and fat around their abdomen that has not responded well to diet and exercise. Patients who have recently undergone weight loss surgery or lost a significant amount of weight are often good candidates as well. Patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss.

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How Is A Tummy Tuck Performed?

Full Tummy Tuck

A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for patients with a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During surgery, an incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.

Mini Tummy Tuck

Patients in relatively good shape but who desire a flatter tummy may be eligible for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These individuals have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require skin tightening and body contouring following significant weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.

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How Long Is Recovery After A Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around two hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with postoperative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4 – 6 weeks.

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