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Tummy Tuck Surgery:

Description

Other procedures for figure improvement include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast lift, breast reduction, and--last but not least--cosmetic breast surgery. Saline implants, which have now replaced silicone gel implants, are used both to enlarge and to enhance shape. Following surgery, many of my patients are particularly happy that the tops of their bathing suits fit as well as the bottoms.
Any of the procedures described in this article can potentially help to improve physical appearance and enhance self-image. But no matter what procedure you choose, be sure to do your homework and choose a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon.
Abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to flatten the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Tummy tucks can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

Length

2 to 5 hours. A partial tummy tuck may take 1 to 2 hours.

Side Effects

Patients may experience temporary pain, bruising, swelling, soreness, or numbness in the abdominal skin for several weeks or several months.

Recovery

Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.

Risks

Possible risks may include infection and blood clots, poor healing with conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and the need for a second operation.

Results

Usually long lasting if the patient follows a balanced diet and regularly exercises.

Technology

Most commonly, a surgeon will make a long incision across the hipbone directly above the pubic area, with a second incision following to free the navel from surrounding tissue. The surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal wall up to the ribs, lifting a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in the abdomen. He or she will eventually tighten the muscles by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. Some patients qualify for a “minimum� tummy tuck, if most of their fat is carried below their navel. This is considered a less complex procedure.

Anesthesia

Local with sedation
General






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