Tummy Tuck: Abdominoplasty > Procedure Information
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is performed to remove loose and therefore redundant skin and to tighten the abdominal wall muscles resulting in a flatter abdomen. Most women develop this laxity due to the stretching of tissue during pregnancy which is made more pronounced due to the aging process which further weakens the muscles, fascia and skin. It can also be the result of significant weight loss in both men and women. A very large amount of skin is removed (usually from the belly button to the top of the pubic area) and then the skin above the belly button is redraped over the entire abdomen after tightening the fascia and muscles with permanent sutures. This surgery requires a general anesthetic and usually one night in the hospital. Drains are used to minimize swelling and to prevent fluid from accumulating between the skin and muscles while the skin and subcutaneous layer are healing and re-attaching to the muscles. Recovery time is longer for this plastic surgery procedure than most others due to the extensive undermining of tissue which does not have the same tremendous blood supply as in the face and neck. Despite the somewhat longer healing time, there is little post op pain but rather a feeling of tightness which gradually goes away over several weeks to a few months.