Abdominoplasty

The surgery that tightens muscles
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a major surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen.

Abdominoplasty Surgery

An abdominoplasty is a procedure that flattens your abdomen by removing extra fat and skin and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall. This surgical procedure is also known as a tummy tuck.

Tummy tucks can be thought of as “mini” or more involved procedures depending on the amount of skin and fat. It’s important to educate yourself, thoroughly analyze your own situation, and take your time arriving at a final decision. The procedure shouldn’t be used as an alternative to weight loss.

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When should you avoid an abdominoplasty?

If you’re a woman who is still planning to have children, you may want to postpone a tummy tuck until you’re through bearing children. During surgery, your vertical muscles are tightened. Future pregnancies can separate these muscles once again.

If you’re still planning to lose a significant amount of weight, don’t have a tummy tuck right away. Wait until your weight has stabilized. It’s important to note that a tummy tuck causes scarring on the abdomen. The length of the scar, which is along the bikini line, depends on the amount of extra skin. With minimal extra skin, the mini abdominoplasty results in a short scar.

Dr. Priti Patel will go over all these options with you when you come in for a consultation. We will discuss the results you want and the most appropriate treatment plan.

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How is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) done?

HOW IS AN ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK) DONE?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Abdominoplasty is performed when you have loose abdominal muscles and excess fat and skin that give you a protruding abdomen. The procedure removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles. The result is a smoother, tighter belly.
Stretch marks are in the skin, and because some skin is removed during an abdominoplasty, some stretch marks may be removed. Others may be repositioned lower on the abdomen, while still others may be unaffected. Generally, we remove the tissue from right above the belly button down to the bikini line area.
Yes, however all procedures have potential risks. We will go over this during your consultation. Health diet, ambulation and hydration are crucial to avoid unneeded complications. . With careful planning and proper technique we can significantly minimize risks. During your consultation, Dr. Priti Patel will discuss how we reduce risks for our patients.
Most people take two weeks off work to recover from abdominoplasty procedures. Most patients can return to non-strenuous activities at 2-3 weeks after surgery. Full activities may begin at 8-12 weeks after this procedure in order to allow enough time to heal.

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