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Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is often understood as a surgery that will help a person lose inches or weight. While this is certainly a result of the surgery, it should not be the underlying reason for it. A tummy tuck can benefit a woman who has had multiple pregnancies or anyone who has undergone extreme weightloss or simply has that one "problem area" where the skin simply won't tighten. Patients who are dealing with excess fat but otherwise do not have sagging or excess skin are generally not candidates for tummy tuck surgery, but could benefit tremendously from liposuction.

During tummy tuck surgery, excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed, the muscles are tightened, and the remaining skin is repositioned to give the abdomen a flatter, more attractive contour. The tummy tuck anesthesia of choice is usually general, though local anesthesia with sedation may be used for less extensive surgeries. Tummy tuck is most often performed on an outpatient basis, though special cases and extended tummy tuck surgeries can require a hospital stay.

Recovery time

It is usually required that patients rest in bed for up to about 3 days after surgery and most patients can return to work about 2-4 weeks into the tummy tuck recovery period. At least 4 weeks should pass before any strenuous activities are attempted. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon could recommend up to 8 weeks of no exercise or manual labor.