Weight loss and pregnancy can cause the skin of the abdominal wall to become loose and sometimes leave permanent problems such as stretch marks. In addition, abdominal wall muscles can become lax and cause the lower abdomen can appear more prominent. This condition does not often respond with exercise and skin creams. As a result, a Tummy Tuck is generally the best solution.

The “tummy tuck” (Abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to make the abdomen thin and firm. While Tummy Tucks are tailored to address each patient’s unique needs and goals, abdominoplasty generally involves the tightening of abdominal muscles, the excision of excess skin, and the removal of excess fat from the mid-section of the body and lower abdomen.

A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision between the pubic hairline and belly button area. (The shape and length of the incision is determined by the amount of excess skin). When the abdominal skin is lifted during the procedure, the weakened abdominal muscles that lay below are repaired.

Last, the upper abdominal skin is pulled down tightly and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is then sutured together and a new opening for the belly button is made.

Q: When can I exercise?

A: Because every one’s healing process is different, your Surgeon will determine the right amount of time before you can begin to exercise. In typical cases, light walking can resume following the two to three weeks. Patients should avoid heavy lifting for two to three months as weight lifting can cause sutures to rupture and can result in a hernia. Details of your level of exercise will be determined by your recovery and directed by your Surgeon.

Q: What can I expect immediately following the procedure?

A: Following a tummy tuck procedure, drain tubes generally need to be left in place for about 2 – 3 days and are normally removed on discharge from the hospital. Most patients report bruising and/or mild swelling, however these symptoms should reduce over the course of a few weeks.

Q: How much time should I take off work to recover?

A: For a patient with a desk job, it’s possible to return to work in 2 weeks. Patients having more than one procedure, returning to work may need to be postponed for additional time.

Q: Is it okay to have tummy tuck surgery before having kids?

A: Typically, there aren’t major risks associated with becoming pregnant after tummy tuck surgery. It is, however generally recommended that patients wait until they have completed having children before undergoing the procedure. Waiting until after having all children can help ensure the results achieved are not lost by the bodily changes that often occur during pregnancy.

Q: What’s the difference between a full and mini tummy tuck?

A: Both full and mini abdominoplasties involve the tightening of abdominal muscles and the removal of excess skin. The major difference is the full tummy tuck is generally performed to rejuvenate the areas both, above and below the belly button. Where the mini tummy tuck is generally confined to the lower abdomen below the belly button.

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