Better known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty creates a trimmer, smoother abdomen. Top plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Maguire of Louisville’s Physician’s Center for Beauty discusses facts you should know if you are considering a tummy tuck.
What is Abdominoplasty?
An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to flatten and tone the stomach. The removal of excess skin and fat — along with tightening of the abdominal muscles — results in a more sculpted physique.
The entire procedure takes between two and four hours.
Who is an Abdominoplasty Candidate?
People in good health are usually abdominoplasty candidates.
Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure. Candidates should remain within 10 to 15 pounds of their desired weight for at least six months prior to the procedure. Those who gain or lose significant amounts of weight after a tummy tuck will find it affects the stomach’s contouring.
Women considering abdominoplasty should wait until they are finished with childbearing. While it is possible to carry a child after a tummy tuck, pregnancy may undo the tummy tuck’s correction.
Smokers are not usually candidates for abdominoplasty. Nor are those with certain conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Substantial scarring from prior abdominal surgeries.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon creates an incision right above the pubic hairline. Excess fat and skin are then removed. The connective tissue above the abdominal muscles is tightened.
The skin above the navel is then repositioned. Via a small incision, the belly button is brought out and put back in place with suturing.
A tummy tuck does leave a scar. The surgeon strategically places the incision low enough on the abdomen so scarring can be concealed by underwear or a bikini bottom.
Keep in mind that abdominoplasty is major surgery. Swelling and bruising are common. The doctor may prescribe pain medication for the first few days post-surgery. Surgical drains are sometimes in place for a week or so to siphon off fluid and blood. Your surgeon will advise you on drainage care. Patients are given antibiotics to avoid infection.
Expect to take two to three weeks off from work. Patients with young children should arrange for assistance during recuperation.
After a tummy tuck, avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks.
It can take as long as a year for the stomach to heal completely. Only then will you fully see your smooth, sculpted new body image.
If you would like more information about abdominoplasty and whether you are a candidate for tummy tuck, contact the Physician’s Center for Beauty today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sean Maguire.