A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is often the first procedure after massive weight-loss. The procedure addresses all of the issues relating to the skin of the abdomen, including removal of excess skin that leads to rash and moisture build-up in the beltline. In addition, the ?six pack? muscles are tightened and any hernias or areas of muscle weakness from previous surgery are fixed.
Patients who have weakness in their abdominal muscles following childbirth are particularly well-treated by this procedure and report improved core strength and exercise ability after surgery. Old scars, such as from a C-section, are typically removed. The muscle tightening and then contoured with liposuction if necessary improves the flank region.
Several variations in the technique of tummy tuck exist. The Doctors will recommend a specific approach tailored to you. Downtime and discomfort are minimized with newer techniques, often allowing for surgery without drains. Patients typically spend one night recovering in the hospital, have soreness for approximately 2 weeks and can return to work 2-3 weeks after surgery.