A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to achieve a tighter, flatter stomach and to reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the lower abdomen. The Tummy Tuck is also used in the Mommy Makeover procedure.
Is a Tummy Tuck for Me?
A tummy tuck is used for patients looking to correct abdominal wall slackness after pregnancy, significant weight loss, stretched or torn abdominal wall muscles, excess skin or fat in the abdominal area.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
This procedure is typically an outpatient procedure, takes between 2 – 3 hours, and can be done in the comfort of Dr Deon’s rooms depending on the specifics and complexity of the procedure. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. Incisions will be made to move most of the skin and fat between your belly button and pubic line. The abdominal muscles are tightened and skin repositioned, and then the patient is stitched back up along the natural crease within the pubic line.
Healing and Recovery
Healing time varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the surgeon’s preferred techniques. Hospitalization is required for 2 to 3 nights post-surgery, a compression garment is typically worn for 1 month post-surgery. A full recovery can be expected to be made in between 6 to 12 months.
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