Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An overview of a tummy tuck

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 11, 2011

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a popular method of plastic surgery that tightens the underlying muscles and removes excess skin from the abdomen. A tummy tuck is a useful surgery for people who recently lost significant weight and suffer from excess skin or muscle laxity in their abdomens. As one of the most common forms of surgery in the United States, a tummy tuck helps enhance the waistlines of both men and women alike.

Is A Tummy Tuck Painful ?

You will experience swelling and bruising immediately following your surgery. Doctors will prescribe you needed medications to alleviate pain. 

Preparing for A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

When considering a tummy tuck, you and your doctor will discuss the best means of achieving your target weight. The extent of the procedure will determine which technique should be used. 

What Is A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

A tummy tuck removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the underlying muscles to smoothen and enhance the appearance of one’s midsection. Tummy tucks are carried out every day to make people feel better about their appearances.

A Good Candidate For A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Ideal candidates are those who, through regular diet and exercise, are at their targeted weight but cannot rid of excess fat or loose skin. Both men and women undergo tummy tuck procedures though the surgery is particularly common among women finished with childbearing who want to return to the pre-pregnancy figure.

Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplaty)

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that boosts confidence in people wanting to rid of excess or loose skin around their abdomins. Doctors perform abdominoplasty by making an incision along the abdomin that connects the hip bones. The surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall before tightening the underlying muscles and removing excess skin. Recovery from a tummy tuck depends entirely on the extent of the procedure.

Tummy Tuck Procedures

There are a number of different tummy tuck procedures available to patients wanting to rid of stubborn fat or loose skin. Tummy tucks, also called abdominoplasty, differ based on the amount of tissue removal needed. An extended tummy tuck targets muscle laxity on the hips and flank ('love handles') whereas a circumferential or lower body lift is a much more extensive type of tummy tuck that involves an incision around the entire waistline. An endoscopic tummy tuck is a minimally invasive tummy tuck procedure that is most suitable for patients needing little modification. Your doctor will discuss the different tummy tuck procedures and advise you according to your specific needs. 

Tummy Tuck Recovery

One’s tummy tuck recovery depends entirely on the extent of the surgery performed and the body’s natural ability to heal. You will experience pain and discomfort following surgery and swelling may not subside for several weeks. Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions, such as wearing a compression garment, during the weeks of your recovery.

Risks and Side Effects of a Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty is a safe procedure that rarely involves complications. Nonetheless, surgery always comes with certain risks and side effects. The risks and side effects of a tummy tuck can be reduced by properly preparing for your surgery and caring for yourself throughout your tummy tuck recovery. 

Cost of a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The cost of tummy tuck surgery varies across the country. A number of different factors, such as the extent of your procedure, influence the overall costs of tummy tucks. 

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