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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) & Panniculectomy

What is Tummy Tuck?

Are sit-ups not giving you the taut tummy you want? If you’ve got too much flab or excess skin in your abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, you may be considering a “tummy tuck,” which doctors call “abdominoplasty.”
This surgery flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall.
It’s not the same as liposuction, although you may choose to get liposuction along with a tummy tuck.
This is a major surgery, so if you’re considering it, you should know the facts before you decide whether to go forward.

Is Tummy Tuck for me?

A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good health.
Women who have had several pregnancies may find the procedure useful for tightening their abdominal muscles and reducing skin.
A tummy tuck is also an option for men or women who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.

What to Expect?

Whether you’re having a partial or complete tummy tuck, the overall result will be a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. Your final results may be initially hidden by swelling and the inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Your new slimmer profile should be will begin to be apparent within a week or two following surgery.  It might take several weeks or even months to appreciate the final result.

 

Before & After:

FAQs

Should I be at my ideal weight before having an abdominoplasty?


For optimal results, it is recommended that patients be close to their idea weight prior to their surgery. This will give patients the best shape and cosmetic outcome. A tummy tuck will remove excess tissue and fat, tightening the muscles of the abdomen, so even patients who are moderately overweight will see a significant improvement in their results. 

Is there a lot of swelling involved with a abdominoplasty?


Yes, there will be some swelling after tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty is serious surgery and, depending upon the case, a lot of tissue is removed, so some swelling is inevitable. Swelling should subside within in a few weeks. 

At what age is abdominoplasty usually performed?


There is no "normal" age or time in one's life to have an abdominoplasty, but it is most often done after a woman has given birth and does not plan to have more children, or after someone has lost all the weight he or she intends to lose. 

Are the results of a tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty) permanent?


Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the overall outcome can be greatly diminished by significant changes in your weight. For this reason, you may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck if you are planning substantial weight loss or considering future pregnancies.