What is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is the technical term for a tummy tuck. This surgical procedure corrects a protruding abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening weakened abdominal muscles. The tummy is often one of the most difficult areas of the body to improve through diet and exercise, particularly if the skin and underlying muscles have been stretched. A tummy tuck can help by restoring a flatter abdomen and more narrow waist and improving the contour of the body.
The abdominoplasty is often sought by women after pregnancy or those with weakened abdominal muscles. It’s important to note that it is not a substitute for diet and exercise. In addition, individuals who are planning future weight loss or pregnancy may be advised to postpone surgery.
Tummy Tuck – The Procedure
Our board certified plastic surgery experts at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists will usually perform Abdominoplasty with general anesthesia and can take anywhere from two to five hours to complete. During the surgery, a u-shaped incision is made along the pubic area between the hipbones and the skin is separated from the abdominal wall. The doctor then tightens the underlying muscles with sutures and removes excess fat. A second incision is made around the navel and the navel is reconstructed. Once the surgery is complete, temporary drains may be inserted at the incision site and bandages are applied.
After Surgery: What to Expect
Some discomfort may occur after the tummy tuck and this can be managed with medication. Swelling, bruising and numbness may also occur. Patients are typically required to wear a support garment for a period of time after surgery to help support the new contours of the abdomen and minimize swelling. Work can usually be resumed within two to four weeks, though you will be asked to refrain from exercise and strenuous activity for four to six weeks or more.
Like all surgical procedures, there are potential complications associated with abdominoplasty and these may include adverse anesthesia reactions, blood clots, bleeding, excess scarring, poor healing and infection. You can minimize your risk by carefully following your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions. For plastic surgery in Pougkeepsie, our office is located only 20 miles south in Newbugh, NY.