Tummy Tuck Or Abdominoplasty
An abdominoplasty, commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is a common procedure that tightens the abdominal wall and stomach appearance. Weight loss and the natural aging process can contribute to the development of excess skin and stretch marks of the lower abdomen. These factors can also lead to increased laxity and possibly separation (diastasis) of the internal muscles of the abdominal wall causing a “pooch” in the lower abdomen. The tummy tuck procedure is designed to re-contour and rejuvenate the abdominal wall by removing excess, inelastic skin as well as tighten the abdominal wall muscles. This results in a tighter, better-contoured abdomen.
SURGERY: This procedure is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Other procedures such as breast surgery, liposuction, and arm lifts can often be combined with the tummy tuck procedure. These combinations do not add downtime to the procedure.
AFTER SURGERY: A tummy tuck requires approximately 2-3 weeks of downtime. Drains are routinely used to remove normal, postoperative fluids in the first 1-2 weeks. Patients wear a supportive abdominal binder for approximately 3 weeks. Exercise and most activities can be resumed by 3 weeks post-op.
To answer all of your surgical questions and for detailed discussions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Antimarino today.
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