What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, involves removal of skin and fat from the abdominal wall in patients in whom there is skin and fat excess and laxity following child bearing or other major weight fluctuation, such as after weight loss in the obese.
There are different approaches—mini-abdominoplasty, full abdominoplasty, fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty (with a vertical incision in addition to the horizontal one)—depending on the extent of tissue excess.
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Tummy Tuck surgery recovery time
I take the same approach to recovery in most patients with one week of rest (and in the case of an abdominoplasty, there are also drain tubes in place for about a week), followed by gradual return to exercise activities starting with a week of low-impact cardio. After two weeks, resistance training can be added but nothing heavy for about six weeks, in order to avoid compromise of any deep tightening stitches. Depending on the demands of a job, many patients can return to work within a week or after the drains come out, but they can’t do strenuous or heavy lifting activities for four to six weeks.
Does the procedure leave any scars?
There is a lengthy hip-to-hip scar in the lower abdomen following Tummy Tuck. This is usually easily hidden by bathing suit or shorts.
Who is the ideal patient for a male Tummy Tuck?
Obviously, pregnancy, which is a common event in women, which leads to need for a tummy tuck, isn’t something that happens in men, but they may require skin removal after significant weight loss. Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery sometimes present after their weight loss with a large apron of abdominal skin that can cause challenges with clothing and mobility, and sometimes patients have rashes as a result of the extra skin. Tummy tuck will address these functional issues as well as the cosmetic element.
Are there any complications or risks associated with the procedure?
As with all surgery, there are anesthetic risks that rarely occur in healthy individuals. Surgical risks include bleeding, infection, scar formation, contour irregularity, persistent numbness or sensory alteration in the treated area, tissue loss, and need for further surgery. In uncomplicated cases, the outcome is a flat abdomen with a scar across the lower abdomen and around the belly button. These scars generally fade well over time, though it is possible that they could be visible (though the lower incision is covered by clothing.)
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about the Tummy Tuck Procedure, call (617) 965-9500 to schedule a consultation with Boston Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Rick Silverman.