A variety of factors can affect your abdominal contour, including weight changes, childbirth, prior surgeries and genetics. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is designed to restore your abdominal contour and improve appearance by removing excess skin and fat and tighten your underlying abdominal muscles. This allows for a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. A mini-abdominoplasty is a technique reserved for individuals with less excess tissue isolated to the lower abdomen and does not require re-positioning of the umbilicus; an extended abdominoplasty may be beneficial depending on your body habitus.
How is a Tummy Tuck procedure performed?
Dr. Belz offers abdominoplasty under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. To perform the procedure, an incision is made on the lower abdomen for better concealment. The upper abdominal skin is lifted and the abdominal muscles are tightened. Excess fat is removed either by direct excision or liposuction. The upper abdominal skin is pulled down and excess tissue is excised to tighten the abdomen and restore the contour. The umbilicus is re-positioned when necessary. Drains are placed at the time of surgery. The incision is closed carefully and dressings are applied. An abdominal compression garment will be placed for support; it also helps with post-operative swelling.
What is the recovery process from a Tummy Tuck procedure?
During your individualized consultation, Dr. Belz will discuss your surgical options and the procedure, review the risks and benefits of surgery, and clarify the post-operative recovery course. Bruising and swelling are common after a tummy tuck. Patients will need to walk in a flexed position for approximately one week after surgery. Surgical drains are usually removed within five to ten days. Most patients may return to work after two to three weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for six weeks.
Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Belz. She is ready to provide you with personalized care and a feminine perspective to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.