A tummy tuck is done to tighten abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen.
People who have lost a great deal of weight or women who have had multiple pregnancies are the usual candidates for this procedure.
Women with small amounts of excess skin and no hernias are candidates for a limited tummy tuck with a shorter incision over the tummy and none around the belly button.
Usually the incision is made just above the pubic area. Muscles can be tightened and any hernias repaired, the skin flap is pulled down, and the excess skin removed. If needed, the belly button is re-positioned. This procedure may narrow the waist as well as providing a flatter and firmer tummy. Liposuction of the hips and other areas can be done at the same time.
The procedure takes 1 to 2 hours and is done with a light, general anesthesia.
If liposuction is being done as well, the tumescent liposuction technique can be utilized in which large amounts of dilute local anesthetic are injected to minimize blood loss and bruising as well as to decrease the amount of general anesthetic required.
After surgery mild swelling is to be expected. Medication will control the moderate pain and discomfort that patients usually experience. You should plan on not driving or working for 2 weeks and no vigorous exercise for 6-8 weeks.
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