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Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty

What Is a Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty?

The common tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The abdomen or tummy comes in many different sizes and shapes. Time, gravity, weight loss, and pregnancies take their toll on our abdominal region. Though abdominoplasty can dramatically alter one’s appearance, it does leave a permanent scar. Abdominoplasty also can tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. The procedure may somewhat improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel.

Why has a tummy tuck?

The reasons why someone may choose to have a tummy tuck include having excess skin, stretch marks or loose abdominal muscles which may happen after:
    • Losing a lot of weight through dieting and exercise
    • Pregnancy
    • Successful surgery to treat obesity

Tummy Tuck Procedure

The operation is performed under general anesthetic, which means that you will be asleep throughout the procedure and will feel no pain. Complete tummy tuck takes two to five hours, while a partial abdominoplasty may take an hour or two. Typically, you must not eat or drink for about six hours before a general anesthetic. However, some anesthetists allow occasional sips of water until two hours beforehand. Recovery may take between two weeks to a month depending on one’s physical state prior to the surgery. Scars usually take up to a year to lighten though they will never disappear completely.

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