A tummy tuck (“abdominoplasty”) is a surgical procedure that is used to flatten and contour the abdomen. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles to reveal a more attractive midsection.
TUMMY TUCK CANDIDATES
The most ideal candidates for an abdominoplasty procedure are in good physical condition, but have loose skin and muscle in the abdomen that does not respond well to regular diet and exercise. Women should be done having children since pregnancy can compromise the results of an abdominoplasty.
TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE
A tummy tuck usually takes a couple of hours to complete and is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. During the procedure, an incision is made just below the abdomen so scarring can be hidden underneath clothing and swimwear. After excess skin and fat are removed from the midsection, the abdominal muscles are tightened. The waistline is made narrower and the incisions are then closed.
A tummy tuck is often combined with liposuction in order to gain the most beneficial results.
The length of downtime during recovery depends on the extent of surgery performed and the physical condition of the patient. Pain and discomfort can be alleviated by prescribed medication, while a specialized compression garment may be worn in order to shorten the recovery period. Many people return to work in a little over a week, but should refrain from exercise and physical activity for a few weeks.
The results of a tummy tuck are very rewarding and patients are left with a firm abdominal area that is flatter than before. Often times, a tummy tuck provides patients with motivation for staying healthy in order to maintain long-lasting results.
At California Cosmetic Medical Center, we strive to provide you with natural looking and long-lasting results. For more information on a tummy tuck, please call (626) 350-0856 today.