Tummy Tuck

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For many people, a protruding abdomen or excess fat in the abdominal area can be an area of insecurity. Sometimes, this physical feature cannot be treated with an exercise regimen and dietary plans. If you have concerns about your abdominal appearance after running through other methods, an abdominoplasty may be an option suited for you. 

What Is Abdominoplasty? 

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed on the abdominal area. During this procedure, fat and skin are removed, producing a more tightened appearance. In addition, sutures are utilized to tighten the fascia, or abdominal connective tissue. Abdominal muscle that has been separated or weakened will often be reconnected or restored. After the removal of fat and skin, skin that is left will be repositioned, leading to a toned appearance. This procedure smooths and tightens the appearance of the abdomen, and the results are long lasting. However, it is not a substitution for consistent exercise and a healthy diet, and drastic weight changes after the procedure can make the results less effective. 

Who Is a Candidate for Abdominoplasty?   

Abdominoplasty is an option for patients with excess fat around the abdomen or weakened tissue in the region. These conditions can result from a number of factors, including dramatic weight change, previous surgery performed on the abdomen, age, pregnancy, and genetics. Whatever the cause, abdominoplasty is an effective option for patients looking to tighten the abdominal area. Patients who are at a stable weight for a substantial period of time before the procedure and in generally good health are more likely to be suitable candidates. 


Not every patient is an ideal candidate for this procedure. People who are planning to get pregnant or lose a large amount of weight may want to avoid this procedure. Chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart issues, may disqualify patients from being able to receive this procedure. Smoking and the presence of significant scar tissue are risk factors, as well. During your consultation, discuss any relevant medical history with our team to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for this procedure. You will also be asked to discuss medication use and allergies, as well as your expectations for abdominoplasty results. 

What to Expect During an Abdominoplasty Procedure 

Before the procedure begins, you may be given a physical examination by a member of our team, as well as be asked to briefly adjust or stop taking certain medications, including anti-inflammatory medications. As with every surgical procedure, there are risks, which will be thoroughly discussed with a member of our team during your consultation. Before the day of the procedure, you should plan to make transportation arrangements and have someone with you for at least the first day of recovery after you return home. 


The procedure itself is typically performed in three distinct steps. First, general anesthesia will be administered, meaning that you will be unconscious for the duration of the surgery. After the anesthesia is given, the incision is made, which will be created horizontally across the abdomen below the belly button. The length of the incision may vary depending on how much skin will be removed. In some cases, a second incision may be made. The abdominal skin is then pulled downward and the excess is removed. The skin that is remaining will be stitched and a new belly button opening will be created. After the removal is complete, the incisions will be closed. 

Abdominoplasty Aftercare 

You can expect to leave the procedure wearing bandages and a compression garment to provide support and reduce swelling. In many cases, very small tubes will be put in place underneath the skin, allowing blood and fluid to drain and reducing risk of complications. Pain medications and antibiotics may be prescribed in order to reduce discomfort and risk of infection. A member of our team will discuss aftercare with you, including how long you should take prescribed medications. An abdominal binder will need to be worn for several weeks after the procedure to provide support. Excessive movement should also be avoided for several weeks as the area heals, and a scar should be expected. Follow up appointments will be scheduled with a member of our team. 

Schedule a Consultation  

For members of our dedicated team, abdominoplasty is a regularly performed procedure. We understand that undergoing surgery can be a daunting prospect, so we are prepared to answer any questions and ease concerns. With our team, you’re in excellent hands. Schedule a consultation with Modern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to discuss abdominoplasty. 

Do you get a scar from a tummy tuck?

As with any surgery, there will be a scar afterward. That said, the scar is typically very thin and will fade and become much less visible the more you heal. Your provider will be able to provide ways to ensure your scar is as invisible as possible.

When can I start working out after tummy tuck?

You can start doing some light exercises about four weeks after surgery, but it will likely take another few months before you're cleared for more intense workouts.

Does a tummy tuck tighten muscles?

Absolutely. An important aspect of tummy tuck surgery is tightening weakened or separated abdominal muscles.

What qualifies you for a tummy tuck?

To qualify for a tummy tuck, you should be in good health, stable weight, and a nonsmoker. You should also have realistic expectations and be looking to improve the appearance of your abdomen.

Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?

While we don't recommend getting pregnant after a tummy tuck because of how it will affect the results of the surgery, it will not affect the health of the pregnancy or the baby.

How do I prepare for a tummy tuck?

To prepare for your tummy tuck procedure, you'll want to get any lab testing your doctor requires, quit smoking if you're a smoker, avoid blood-thinning medication, and get everything you'll need for the recovery process, including pain medication, extra pillows, gauze, etc.

How long do tummy tucks last?

The results of a tummy tuck can last for years, if not a lifetime. It depends on if you follow a healthy lifestyle and maintain a steady weight.

How long do you wear a binder after surgery?

How long you wear your binder can depend on how extensive your tummy tuck surgery is and how well you heal, but generally, we recommend wearing the compression garment for four to six weeks.

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