Tummy Tuck: Everything You Need To Know

Woman in swimsuit and sunglasses sunbathing near swimming pool with watermelon float. The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. It can be combined with liposuction to remove fat deposits and contouring procedures like a breast lift or breast reduction.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes between two to four hours. Patients will generally stay in the hospital overnight. The results of a tummy tuck are permanent, but it’s important to understand that other factors like diet, exercise, and genetics can affect your body’s shape over time.

There are many reasons why a woman may choose to undergo a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck can be performed as part of a mommy makeover, or it can be performed alone. Other reasons for performing this surgery include:

  • Minimizing stretch marks
  • Removing excess skin from weight loss or pregnancy
  • Reducing the appearance of scars in the abdomen area

Tummy Tuck Surgery: What Happens During The Procedure?

During your consultation, Kearney, Robert MD, FACS will examine your abdomen to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. If he determines that you are, he will discuss your options for surgical procedures that can remove excess skin and fat from your abdominal area as well as tighten up lax abdominal muscles.

The surgery is performed through a horizontal incision around the belly button area (navel). Excess skin is removed from the abdominal wall and underlying tissue is tightened with sutures or internal sutures called “internal braiding.” Liposuction may be performed at the same time if necessary.

Tummy Tuck Recovery: What To Expect After Surgery

When you wake up after surgery, you’ll probably experience some pain that will subside over time. Your body will be sore and swollen for several weeks after surgery, but most patients report feeling better within two weeks after surgery.

Dr. Kearney will provide you with medications to manage your pain during this time period. You may need assistance getting around because it’s possible that you’ll have trouble bending over or lifting heavy objects during recovery.

Call Kearney, Robert MD, FACS at 858-677-9352 today to schedule your consultation!

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