A tummy tuck, as known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from around the abdomen, as well as tightens weakened or separated muscles of the abdominal wall.
Men and women who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is also a popular procedure by recent mothers, as it helps tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. The procedure may help improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel.
You may be a good candidate for tummy tuck if you have one or more of the following conditions:
Dr. Craig uses liposuction in conjunction with abdominoplasty to remove abdominal and flank fat. Dr. Craig will discuss with you the particular method that he recommends for achieving the best result in your particular case. If you plan on becoming pregnant or losing weight in the future, you should discuss this with Dr. Craig. Scarring from previous abdominal surgery may limit the results of your abdominoplasty.
Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, with extends laterally toward the pelvic bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen.
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck and your general physical condition, you may be able to return to non-strenuous work anywhere from one to three weeks after surgery. In many instances, you can resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild exercise, after a few weeks. You may continue to experience some mild, periodic discomfort and swelling during this time, but such feelings are normal. Severe pain should be reported to Dr. Craig. We do not recommend any heavy lifting for four to six weeks.
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