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Abdominoplasty The surgery that tightens muscles

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

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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.

When should you avoid an abdominoplasty?

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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?

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  • Complete abdominoplasty This option is for patients who need the most correction. The incision (cut) is made at the bikini line, at about the same level as your pubic hair. The length of the scar depends on the amount of extra skin. Your surgeon will then manipulate and shape the skin and muscle as needed. You will also have an incision around your navel (belly button) with this procedure, because it’s necessary to free your navel from surrounding tissue. Drainage tubes may or may not be placed under your skin. These will be removed in a few days as your surgeon sees fit.
  • Partial or mini-abdominoplasty Mini-abdominoplasties are done with shorter incisions and are often performed on people who have less excess skin. Your belly button most likely won’t be moved during this type of procedure. Your skin will be separated between the line of incision and your belly button. This procedure generally takes one to two hours. As with the complete abdominoplasty, you may or may not have drainage tubes after surgery.
  • Circumferential abdominoplasty This surgery includes the back area. When there is a lot of excess fat in the back as well as the abdomen, you may have either liposuction of the back or circumferential abdominoplasty. The latter procedure allows for the removal of both skin and fat from the hip and back areas, which improves the shape of your body from all sides.

FAQ's

How Does Abdominoplasty Improve My Figure?

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.

Does Abdominoplasty Remove Strech Marks?

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.

Is Abdominoplasty Safe?

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.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Abdominoplasty?

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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