Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
|Procedure:||Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.|
|Length:||Two to five hours.|
|Anesthesia:||General, or local with sedation.|
|In/Outpatient:||Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.|
|Side Effects:||Temporary pain; swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.|
|Risks:||Blood clots; infection; bleeding under the skin flap; poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss; need for a second operation.|
Back to work: two to four weeks.
More strenuous activity: four to six weeks or more.
Fading and flattening of scars: three months to two years.
|Preoperative appearance||Skin dissection||Muscle tightening||Removal of excess skin|
Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.