About Tummy Tucks

For those whose abdomen has not seen great success from diet and exercise, where excess skin and pockets of fat still remain, a tummy tuck might solve the problem. This surgery flattens the abdomen and tightens the abdominal wall.

How Do Tummy Tucks Work?

There are two types of tummy tuck. A complete abdominoplasty requires a surgical incision across the full length of the hip. The skin and abdomen is contoured as needed, and may require moving the belly button. Drainage tubes may be required under the skin for a few days. A mini abdominoplasty involve the removal of only fat deposits below the belly button, and is significantly less intensive—a two hour outpatient procedure, typically.

Depending on the procedure, local or general anesthesia may be needed.

Are There Side Effects?

Swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected post-procedure. Drainage tubes may be used to collect excess blood and fluid that develops after surgery. Recovery may take up to two weeks or more.

Is this Right For Me?

A tummy tuck is not suitable for people who are obese or generally unhealthy. For those who are in good health and desire to fix abdominal flaws that exercise and dieting simply cannot remedy, a tummy tuck could be a good option. This is major surgery and should always be handled by a professional.