Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty or stomach lift) is a surgical procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the lower and middle abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
The most common causes for abdominoplasty:
A tummy tuck may be right for you if you have:
The tummy tuck procedure consists of a horizontal incision that is made just above the pubic area, which is designed to be hidden within the area normally covered by most underwear and swimsuits. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed. The loose muscles and connective tissue are then brought together and secured in their new position with stitches. Once the muscles are taut, the excess skin can be removed from the abdomen. The results are a firmer, more toned abdomen and a trim waistline.
The procedures are being performed at Bay Area Laser Surgery Center, an Accredited and certified ambulatory surgery center.
During your recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals following surgery.
Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
Your doctor will give you Post-op instructions to follow, including:
The tummy tuck scar may take several months to a year to fade as much as it will.
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Adominoplasty procedure cannot correct stretch marks. However, these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
If you are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck risks include:
If you are interested in a tummy tuck and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, call our office to schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate.