Abdominoplasty is an elective surgical procedure involving the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdominal area in order to create a profile that is instantly more smooth and firm. The muscle layer is tightened, reshaping the abdominal wall and dramatically improving its appearance and strength.
Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck Surgery removes the excess skin and fat on the abdomen which can be easily pinched as seen on the above pictures. After that skin and fat has been removed, the remaining skin on the upper abdomen is released and pulled down, or redraped, over the open area to close it. In the end, skin is tightened, muscles are tightened (if needed), and the belly is flatter.
Abdominoplasty surgery is not the right treatment for those wishing to lose weight. If weight loss is your goal, we have certified dietitians who can advise you with an individual diet plan and exercise regimen. However, we understand that sometimes despite their best efforts, patients just can’t lose the excess weight and need the assistance of a surgeon. For those patients, Lap-Band offers an effective and lasting solution. Once you have completed your weight loss, you may become a candidate for a tummy tuck or a body lift.
How long is the Tummy Tuck Surgery?
The procedure takes 1-3 hours.
A tummy tuck surgery length depends on the extent of the work required. A slim patient with just skin excess who needs a tummy tuck may require only one hour of surgery, while someone large who has a lot of excess skin and fat and requires muscle tightening and possibly hernia repair can take up to three hours. In addition to the surgical time, you should plan on arriving about two hours prior to your surgery, and then spending about an hour to two hours after the surgery, recovering until you are ready to be discharged home.
Recovery from a Tummy Tuck
For ideal results from a tummy tuck surgery, plan on resting and taking it easy. First two days are usually most painful. After two days you should notice a dramatic improvement in how you feel. Because Dr. Jugenburg uses various innovative techniques, your discomfort is easily controlled with prescription medication only. During your recovery you should avoid strenuous physical activity, especially if your abdominal muscles have been repaired