What is an abdominoplasty?
Also called a “tummy tuck,” an abdominoplasty is a procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the abdominal wall.
Who is a candidate for the procedure?
Anyone in good general health who has a large, overhanging stomach that does not respond to diet or exercise is a candidate for an abdominoplasty.
The most common candidate is a woman who has given birth and lost her pre-pregnancy shape.
How is it performed?
An incision is usually made at the lower portion of the abdomen. Fat and tissue are removed, the abdominal wall is tightened, and the incision is closed.
What results can I expect?
A smooth, flat stomach and taut skin.
Will there be a scar?
There will be a scar, but it will be strategically placed so that it is not visible in most clothing or swimsuits. The size and location of the scar depends on the individual, how much work is required on him or her, and the type of tummy tuck performed.
What is the recovery process like?
Most abdominoplasty patients will require about two weeks of acute recovery and will experience soreness for another week. The pain can be controlled with medication, if necessary.
How long do the results last?
The fat and tissue removal is permanent. However, if the individual continues to engage in improper eating and exercise habits, new fat can develop in the abdominal region.
How much does the procedure cost?
This depends on the extent of the work done. The only way to determine the exact cost is to meet with our doctors for a consultation.