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Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

With a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty), excess fat and skin are removed and in most cases, weakened or separated muscles are tightened.  This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

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Duration

Your treatment time will vary depending upon the extent of the surgery to be performed.

 

Anesthesia

In most cases, a tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia.

 

In/Outpatient

Tummy tucks are usually done on an outpatient basis but you may elect to spend the night at Comfort Cottage with a nurse available to help you.

 

Side Effects

You may have some numbness, bruising, swelling and discomfort.

 

Risks

As with any surgical procedure there are some risks.  Possible risks include bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, skin loss, blood clots, unfavorable scarring, numbness and other changes in skin sensation as well as irregular or asymmetric contours.  In addition, any surgery carries risks associated with anesthesia.  These risks will be fully discussed by Dr. Willard with you at your consultation appointment.

 

Recovery

Initial wound healing may take 7 to 14 days.  A drain will be inserted to assist with fluid removal and you will be required to wear a surgical compression garment.  You will be ready to return to work and normal activity in a few weeks, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise.

 

Duration of Results

The results of a tummy tuck may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete (generally within a week or two).  Incision lines may take a year or more to refine and fade to some degree.  Using sunscreen when outdoors (during the initial year) generally lessens the appearance of scars.   Your new body contours and improvement in appearance should be long-lasting provided you maintain your weight and general fitness.

 

Disclaimer

We make sure every procedure is uniquely tailored to provide you the best results. During your consultation you will receive specific information regarding your individual case. Your results will vary.