Loose abdominal skin and excess fat is removed during the abdominoplasty. Following significant weight loss or pregnancy, the skin may lose elasticity and fatty tissue accumulates in the abdomen. Whatever the cause, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) will remove excess fat and skin. The excess fat is removed and the loose stomach muscles are tightened, creating a smoother, firmer, and thinner appearance. The incision involves a scar at the bikini line of the lower abdomen, which is permanent, but can fade with time. There is also a small scar around the umbilicus (belly button).
An abdominoplasty can be performed in conjunction with liposuction to contour the waist, hips, and thighs. The patients will usually have a drain placed, which is removed in 7-10 days.
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. The results are permanent, but weight gained can alter the outcome. A tummy tuck may remove some of the stretch marks located between the umbilicus (belly button) and the pubic area, as well as excess fatty tissue and loose skin.
The abdominoplasty procedure is done under general anesthetic.
The abdominoplasty procedure is done in the hospital, with an overnight stay, under general anesthesia. Dr. Davis feels that outpatient abdominoplasty surgery is not as safe compared to the option of observing a patient overnight in the hospital.
Abdominoplasty is better performed in patients with stable weight and without a history of blood clotting disorders. Smokers are poor candidates for abdominoplasty and the patient should try to be nicotine free prior to embarking on surgery.