A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure done to flatten the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, as well as tightening the abdominal wall. This procedure is popular following pregnancy and massive weight loss.
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Individuals who are experiencing excess lax skin and stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise can often benefit from a tummy tuck procedure. Ideal candidates will be at a stable weight, be nonsmokers, have good skin elasticity, and be finished having children, as future pregnancies can negatively impact tummy tuck results. A consultation is the best way to determine if this procedure is a good fit for you.
There are three tummy tuck techniques that can be used today, which include the full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck, and the extended tummy tuck.
Full Tummy Tuck
A horizontal incision is created between the hip bones, as well as an incision is created around the navel. Excess skin is removed, liposuction is used to contour the abdomen, and weakened or separated abdominal muscles are tightened. This tummy tuck procedure is the most common.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A single incision is created between the hip bones, usually smaller than that of a full tummy tuck. Excess skin and fat are removed, and lax muscles are tightened. This tummy tuck technique is meant to address the area below the belly button and is best for those who are in fairly good shape but still have a small belly pooch that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An incision is created around the naval and between the hip bones, which will extend around the sides and into the lower back to remove larger amounts of excess skin and fat. Excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen, flanks, and thighs. This procedure is often done for those who have experienced massive weight loss.
What to expect After A Tummy Tuck
Following your tummy tuck procedure, swelling and bruising may occur. Any pain that occurs can be controlled with pain medication. You will be instructed to wear a special compression garment to reduce swelling and support your new abdominal contours. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck, you may also have drains to help collect any excess fluids during recovery. Most patients take at least a week off from work, depending on the physical demands of their job. Be sure to follow Dr. Cusimano’s post-op instructions to help ensure best results.