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Overview

Abdominoplasty (commonly known as a Tummy Tuck) is an operation that is designed to remove excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen as well as restoring weakened or separated abdominal muscles.

Pregnancy, weight loss and the natural ageing process can all cause the abdominal muscles and the skin on the tummy to become weak and loose, which in turn can mean that no amount of exercise will smooth or tighten the area. If you are unhappy with the way your abdominal area looks and you are looking for a way to achieve a flat stomach with smooth skin then tummy tuck surgery might be the answer. It is becoming more and more common for patients to combine tummy tuck surgery with other procedures such as liposuction and breast surgery or male chest reduction – doing this can minimise the down time and leave you with a body you can feel proud of and have confidence in.

Candidates

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck:

  • Are in good overall health
  • May have excess skin with or without excess fat in the abdominal region that has been resistant to exercise
  • May have muscles and skin which are loose and stretched by pregnancies
  • May have undergone massive weight loss resulting in excess skin in the abdominal region
  • Feel that they are too straight waisted and want more curves in that area.

Procedure

Complete Tummy Tuck

The complete tummy tuck procedure is the most comprehensive type of abdominoplasty and is beneficial for a patient who wants to tighten a protruding or sagging abdomen.

Your cosmetic surgeon will make a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline typically from hip to hip. Another incision around the belly button may be necessary if there is excess skin in the upper abdomen. Excess fat, tissue and skin are removed, and weakened abdominal muscles are repaired through this incision.

Mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a procedure performed to eliminate excess fat on the lower abdomen when the amount of excess skin to be removed is limited to below the navel. The incision is often shorter than a full tummy tuck incision. Your plastic surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for this procedure at the time of your consultation.

Recovery

Some patients after abdominoplasty prefer to stay in the hospital overnight. You will have small drainage tubes placed under the skin to prevent fluid collections under the skin. These tubes will be removed once their output decreases (usually within 7-10 days). You will be able to walk the same day. We will ask you to wear an abdominal binder for support for several weeks. We use mostly absorbable sutures that do not need to be removed. You will notice results immediately. Over the next couple of months the swelling will resolve. You may start lifting heavier objects after 6-8 weeks.