Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a reconstructive surgical procedure realigning separated stomach muscles while also tightening loose skin and repositioning the belly button to ideal placement. Abdominoplasties are common among men and women looking to create a firmer midsection by the removal of excess fat and skin. If you have stubborn stomach fat despite changing your exercise and diet routine, you may be an ideal candidate for an abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty can improve the changes brought on to a woman's body during pregnancy, but it is recommended that the patient wait until she has concluded having children to have the surgery.
However, abdominoplasty is strictly cosmetic and will not impede any future pregnancies or the health of the baby.
ABOUT THE PROCEDURE Elevation Plastic Surgery currently offers two different types of tummy tucks.
Traditional (Full) Tummy Tuck This procedure is the most commonly sought after by patients and creates a tighter midsection by addressing the skin, fat, and muscle of the abdominal region. The resulting scar is covered by most bathing suits and underwear.
A full tummy tuck includes an incision around the belly button to remove excess skin from the belly button to the pubic region.
While the the incisions from the surgery are performed to leave minimal scars, Griner Plastic Surgery will also provide consultation regarding scar reduction and revision.
Mini-Tummy Tuck This is a more basic version of our traditional tummy tuck, ideal for patients with minimal excess skin and fat stores in the lower abdominal region below the belly button. The incision from the procedure is shorter than a traditional tummy tuck, and there is lesser removal of skin and fat.
What to Expect
Prior to the surgery, Elevation Plastic Surgery will provide you with pre-operative instructions to familiarize yourself with including the activities, medications, and food to avoid prior to the operation. A responsible adult should accompany you to the surgery to provide care afterward and during the first night if necessary.
Day of Surgery On the day of surgery, you'll meet with both Dr. Griner and the anesthesiologist prior to surgery to answer any last questions. The operation usually lasts three hours, with one to one and a half hours in the recovery room following the procedure.
Recovery The recovery process is highly individual. We typically advise patients to avoid driving for one to two weeks while using pain medications. Patients should not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for the first six weeks post-operation. Returning to work and other daily activities usually occurs after two to three weeks, but depends on the individual's occupation and situation.
What is abdominoplasty? Often referred to as a "tummy tuck," an abdominoplasty is a surgery to remove excess fat, skin and even muscle to create a flatter, more tightened abdominal region.
How long does recovery take following an abdominoplasty? Recovery time varies between cases based on the extensiveness of the procedure. Most patients can resume normal activity within two to three weeks although it is often recommended to avoid high-impact activities for four to six weeks.
How long does the abdominoplasty surgery take? Surgery time varies by patient, but for most cases, the operation lasts two to five hours.
If I gain weight after an abdominoplasty surgery, will my results be affected? Weight gain will have an affect on the results of an abdominoplasty, and it is still possible to gain weight after the procedure.