Who is a Candidate?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure done to eliminate excess fat and skin, as well as tighten weakened abdominal muscles. This procedure is a popular option for women following pregnancy, and those who have experienced massive weight loss.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
During the tummy tuck procedure, an incision will be created horizontally between the hipbones just above the pubic mound. Another incision may also be made around the navel. Dr. Chao will tighten any weakened or separated abdominal muscles, and excess fat and skin will be eliminated. Skin will be redraped, and sutures will be used to close the incision.
Generally, there are three tummy tuck options: the full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck, and the extended tummy tuck. While the full tummy tuck follows the steps above, the mini and extended may differ.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck only addresses the area below the belly button. The incision made is smaller than that of a full tummy tuck, so recovery is often quicker.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck is great for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are now dealing with a lot of excess skin. During this procedure, the incision may be made longer to reach around the sides of the body to address the love handles and hips, as well as the abdomen. A vertical incision may be necessary as well.
Results and Recovery
Patients may have drains placed to help collect any excess fluid during recovery. Swelling and discomfort may occur, which can be controlled with your compression garment and pain medication. Most patients can return to normal activities within two weeks, however, strenuous activity should be avoided for four to six weeks.
If you are interested in achieving a flat, tight abdomen with a tummy tuck, contact our office today! We would be happy to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Chao.
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