“Tummy tuck” is the common term for abdominoplasty. It is a procedure for eliminating loose, extra skin in the tummy area which may typically remain after weight-loss or pregnancy.
It works best if you are not significantly overweight. It restores a firmness and shape which you formerly enjoyed. Perhaps you’d like to wear smaller clothing sizes. If you smoke or are significantly overweight ( > 25 lbs), you’d be unsuitable for the procedure at this time.
A tummy tuck is done under general anesthetic. A wide incision is made in the lower abdomen; extra skin and/or stretch marks can then be removed. An overnight stay in the operating facility or with a private attendant may be recommended.
Since many patients wish to wear high-cut bathing suits, the incision can often be placed so the resulting scar is unnoticeable when swimwear is worn. You may wish to reduce some fat in the nearby areas. In this case, it may be possible to consider combining moderate liposuction with your tummy tuck.
After a tummy tuck you’ll have some discomfort. Temporary swelling of the lower abdomen is common. Most people return to routine activities 3 weeks from the time of surgery. Another 3 weeks is required before the resumption of strenuous activities, exercise and sports. During your discussion with Dr. Bowman, your individual lifestyle will be considered. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is an important part of any body contouring surgery in order to attain long lasting results.
Abdominoplasty is real surgery. Before you decide, it’s important to learn about any possible complications, even though they are rare. These will be fully explained to you during your private consultation with Dr. Bowman. At that time, you will have an opportunity for a careful and complete discussion of your options and what is involved. You will benefit from asking all your questions and browsing through our photographs.