Abdominoplasty – or tummy tuck – is a surgical procedure used to remove excess, unneeded or unwanted skin and fat from the abdomen. Most patients who undergo a tummy tuck achieve smoother, flatter and well-toned abdomens that are unachievable with diet and exercise alone. Different types of abdominoplasties exist and are chosen depending on how much loose skin and adipose (fat) exists in the abdominal area. The types that are right for you will be discussed with you at your consultation.
Did you know?
Although a tummy tuck is an excellent solution for excising excess skin, it is no substitute for a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Keep in mind that abdominoplasty results are long-lasting, but may be negated with future pregnancies. If you plan to have one or more children in the future, speak with your doctor about possibly delaying your procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck procedure?
You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck if you are a non-smoker with excess abdominal skin – perhaps due to significant weight loss or pregnancy – and you are currently at a stable weight. This procedure is often combined with liposuction ( Lipo-abdominoplasty) to reduce the fat in surrounding areas. At your initial consult, Dr. Dragotti D.O. will determine what type of abdominoplasty is right for you.
What should I expect during my abdominoplasty?
You’ll prepare for your abdominoplasty with possible lab work and pre-operative instructions that may prevent you from taking certain medications leading up to your surgery or eating and drinking on the day of the procedure. Your doctor will administer IV sedation or general anesthesia at the start of the procedure for your comfort. A horizontal incision will be made along your pubic hairline, where the excess fat, skin and tissues are removed. An incision around your belly button will be made to preserve your belly button and pull down the excess skin as tight as possible. The abdominal muscles are then sutured and repaired as needed before the incision is finally closed and sutured shut and a new opening for the belly button is made. Drains may be placed depending upon the type of abdominoplasty performed.
Will I need to follow any post-procedural instructions?
Swelling is normal following a tummy tuck, so your final results will not be visible until several weeks after the procedure. When you awake, you’ll be wearing compression garments to support healing and reduce swelling. You’ll be instructed to avoid certain physical activity in the weeks following your procedure. Your doctor will give you personalized instructions for at-home care and schedule return visits to your surgeon’s office to monitor your progress and remove bandages.