For a Flatter Belly

An abdominoplasty is known more commonly as a tummy tuck. This procedure aims to eliminate excess skin from the belly. That's particularly useful for patients who have been through pregnancy or have lost some weight.

The perfect stomach is something that almost all of us are trying to achieve. Whether you’ve tried and failed with diet and exercise, or your case is just a little more complex, a tummy tuck is probably the best procedure for you to get the flat look you desire and deserve. You no longer have to live with a stomach you find less than desirable. With the right surgeon, your perfect look could be only one incision away.

Candidates /Motivation for Procedure

Healthy individuals who are sick of trying everything in their power to get a flat stomach are perfect candidates for a tummy tuck. As long as your expectations are reasonable, you could correct the negative effects of pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuation, or just poor genes. Nonsmokers also make the best candidates for a tummy tuck because most procedures will require you to undergo general anesthesia. Discussion of your specific case with your plastic surgeon will assure perfect, safe results.

Procedure Description

Tummy tucks are a pretty straight forward procedure. While they often require a general anesthesia, doctors will consult with you on your best options. The steps of a tummy tuck are as follows:

A horizontal incision is typically made between the pubic hair line and the naval. Depending on the complexity of your case, additional incisions may need to be made. Typically one incision is enough to get the results you desire, but in either case this will affect the length of your recovery.

After the incision, weakened abdomen muscles are tightened with sutures, and any excess skin and fat is removed. It is at this point where your surgeon will work to create your beautiful new shape. Depending on the expectations you discussed before your procedure, this portion of the process can be more or less complex.

Incisions are then stitched shut and bandages are applied to make sure that your recovery is as safe and speedy as possible. Careful attention and care to your bandages will help you achieve the results you desire with minimal complication.

Risks

Any cosmetic surgery that requires general anesthesia always includes risks and side effects. In addition to those risks, a tummy tuck procedure can result in heavy bleeding, swelling, infection, bruising, skin loss, and nerve damage. These risks are highly unlikely, however, and in the hands of the right doctor you are sure to have a flawless surgery. It is important to always discuss any potential complications with your surgeon before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure.

Recovery

You will have stiches after your surgery that will need to be covered with bandages for weeks until the healing process is complete. During this time your doctor may also suggest an elastic band to apply pressure to your stomach and speed along the healing process. While your permanent results will be able to be enjoyed immediately, a full recovery will not be made until your incisions have healed and stiches can be removed.