Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is a procedure to minimize the abdominal area. Using a long incision from one side of the hipbone to the other, excess fat and skin are surgically removed from the middle and lower abdomen, and the muscles of the abdomen wall are tightened.
A less complex procedure is called a “mini tummy tuck,” or a partial abdominoplasty. This procedure is ideal for individuals who have fat deposits limited to the area below the navel.
Each tummy tuck procedure varies; however, the following are general guidelines for the surgery:
Complete abdominoplasty usually takes several hours, depending on the extent of work required.
Healing is a slow and gradual process. It may take weeks or months to reach a full recovery.
Scars may appear to get worse during the first three to six months, as they heal. It may take up to a year for scars to flatten out and lighten in color, although they may never completely disappear.
Possible complications associated with abdominoplasty may include, but are not limited to, the following:
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in good physical condition, but are bothered by large fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that does not respond to diet or exercise.
People who intend to lose weight, and women who plan future pregnancies, should postpone the surgery.