Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin in the abdominal region and restores relaxed mid-line muscles to improve mid body shape and contour. These changes may be the result of weight changes, genetic predisposition, pregnancies or aging. It can be combined with other procedures, such as breast lift or liposuction. It is usually done under general anesthesia and may last a few hours, depending on whether it is done alone or combined with other procedures. The treatment that best fits your needs and expectations, can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
- Restores weakened or separated muscles
- Creates a smoother and firmer abdominal profile
Patients considering abdominoplasty should be in good health and have realistic expectations. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same or next day, depending on whether the procedure was done alone or combined with other procedures. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed with an occasional short course of antibiotics. Some bruising and swelling are expected, but improve over several days. Using extra pillows while you sleep will help reduce swelling. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks. An abdominal binder and a pressure garment (if liposuction was performed) will have to be used for several weeks after surgery to help with healing and decrease swelling.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in abdominoplasty are absorbable and dissolve over time. Drains used at the time of surgery are removed in the office during your follow up appointment. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.
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