A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, not only removes excess fat and skin, but also tightens the weakened or lax abdominal wall creating a profile that is slimmer, smoother, and firmer.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals especially as we age and develop a lax and flabby abdomen.
A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally oriented “bikini” incision between the pubic hairline and navel. Through this incision, the weakened abdominal wall is tightened while excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed. This may be preceded by liposuction of excess fats in the surrounding areas.
Is this for me?
- Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight
- Patients who have excess sagging skin or lost skin elasticity
- Women who have been through pregnancy and childbirth have a laxity of underlying muscles, which makes it very difficult to achieve a flat and firm tummy again.
How long does it take?
The procedure lasts from 4-5 hours.
How long is the downtime?
2 weeks downtime.