The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetics surgeries because it produces dramatic results. Women and men who have tried to achieve a flatter, more toned belly through diet and exercise become frustrated when they don’t attain their desired results. They may have loose, stretched skin and excess fat around the midsection that just won’t firm up. The issue is often damaged abdominal walls that need to be surgically repaired. For these people, a tummy tuck can help them feel more confident and comfortable with their bodies.
Not Just for Women
A tummy tuck is often considered as part of a “mommy makeover” after a woman has finished with childbearing. Her abdominal muscles and skin are sometimes stretched and sagging, especially after more than one pregnancy. Her abdomen may have lost tone and firmness. She may achieve her pre-pregnancy look following an abdominoplasty.
Men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight may also choose to have an abdominoplasty to firm and tighten their bellies. A tummy tuck is a good option for them if they are at or near their ideal body weight. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, so the ideal candidate should be maintaining a stable weight.
Understanding the Procedure
Depending on the specific needs of the patient, the surgeon may recommend one of the following procedures:
- Mini tummy tuck – An incision is made below the belly button to repair stretched abdominal muscles and remove excess skin. The result will be a smooth, flat abdominal wall. The incision will be smaller than a full abdominoplasty, and the recovery will be quicker.
- Classic (or full) tummy tuck – This surgery addresses the upper and lower abdomen. A second incision is sometimes needed near the belly button.
General anesthesia is required for this major surgery. A typical recovery period is 4 to 6 weeks. The first week will be rest and recovery. Compression garments will be worn for several weeks to reduce swelling and bruising. A patient may be cleared to return to work in a week or two, depending on their duties. Heavy lifting, including children, and strenuous exercise must be avoided for approximately 6 weeks.
Dr. Cristina Keusch, board certified plastic surgeon, has been performing abdominoplasty surgery for many years with amazing results. Contact Dr. Keusch at Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation.