TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
The purpose of having a Tummy Tuck, or what is technically referred to as an Abdominoplasty, is to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and/or to tighten the underlying muscles. This procedure can correct bulging due to abnormal stretching of the abdominal muscles and excess skin or fat. The extent of surgery depends on the amount of skin and fat as well as the laxity of the abdominal muscles. Symptoms such as low back pain, skin rashes and abdominal discomfort may be relieved as a result of the procedure.
Understanding the Procedure
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia at our state-of-the-art surgical center in Commerce, GA. Although very low and hidden by clothing, a scar is unavoidable. Every effort is made to reduce the size of the scar and to make it as inconspicuous as possible through such methods as taping the incision post-operatively and hyperbaric oxygen treatment. In spite of the incisional scar, most patients are enthusiastic about their results.
Understanding the Recovery
Bruising may occur in the surgical area following the procedure. If bruising develops, it should be much improved in two to four weeks. Lifestyle issues (for example smoking) or previous abdominal surgeries such as gallbladder, gastric by-pass, C-section, or liposuction may delay healing. Since nothing heals symmetrically or suddenly, the best result will usually be achieved six to nine months following the procedure. The best outcomes result from following the surgeon’s post-operative instructions and practicing good health habits.