A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat and in many cases tightens weakened or separated abdominal muscles resulting in a smoother, firmer profile. The most common causes of an abdomen that protrudes with excess, loose skin are:
If you are someone who is looking to improve the firmness and tightness of your abdomen for a more contoured appearance, a tummy tuck procedure could benefit you.
A typical candidate for this procedure is in good health and at a stable weight. If you are someone who wants a flatter, tighter abdominal region, you could benefit from a tummy tuck. If you have undergone major weight loss, or childbirth, and are bothered by loose skin around your abdomen, you could also be a candidate. However, the best way to determine if you are a qualified candidate is through a consultation.
The answer depends on several factors. If you don’t need the muscles repaired, your recovery is likely going to be significantly faster and easier. Generally, most patients having a full tummy tuck (with muscle repair) find that they’re able to drive a car within a week, depending on their pain level (remember you don’t want to drive when on narcotic pain medicine).
Many patients can work remotely from home, and find that they are able to answer emails, or even have a conference call after only a few days, although they won’t feel like going in to work for two to three weeks after surgery. Light exercise (e.g. walking or gently peddling on a stationary bike) can start by this time as well.
By 6-8 weeks, most patients would consider themselves fully or nearly fully recovered, although it is worth remembering that the nerves will continue to heal, the scar will continue to fade, and swelling will continue to go down for several months.
Yes! As long as your weight remains stable over time, abdominoplasties are typically a ‘once and done’ procedure, never needing to be repeated. Of course your skin will age a bit over the decades, but it usually never gets back to the looseness that you may have experienced before surgery.