Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases repairs weakened or separated abdominal muscles. This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer, often enhancing your body image and confidence.
Procedure: A tummy tuck involves the surgical removal of excess abdominal fat and skin and includes tightening of the abdominal wall where the muscles have weakened. A full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision from hip to hip in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. Incision size is largely dependent on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Where correction is isolated to the area below the navel, a limited or mini tummy tuck with a shorter incision at the pubic bone may be recommended. Liposuction may be performed with a mini tummy tuck where excess fat is the only factor. Liposuction can also be performed to reduce flank fat deposits in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
Results: You may be placed in abdominal binder after surgery and will have drains placed too. The drains will be removed within a week or two. Swelling should subside and initial results may appear in 2 to 4 weeks. Final results appear in 8 weeks to 6 months. Incision lines will continue to flatten and fade for up to 1 year.
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