or a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to flatten
the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the
muscles of the abdominal wall. Tummy tucks can dramatically
reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
2 to 5 hours. A
partial tummy tuck may take 1 to 2 hours (see description
experience temporary pain, bruising, swelling, soreness, or
numbness in the abdominal skin for several weeks or several
Back to work: 2
to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more.
Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.
Most commonly, a
surgeon will make a long incision across the hipbone
directly above the pubic area, with a second incision
following to free the navel from surrounding tissue. The
surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal wall up to
the ribs, lifting a large skin flap to reveal the vertical
muscles in the abdomen. buy replica watches He or she will eventually tighten
the muscles by pulling them close together and stitching
them into their new position. Some patients qualify for a
minimum tummy tuck, if most of their fat is carried below
their navel. This is considered a less complex procedure.
Usually outpatient; dependent upon individual circumstances
and extent of surgery.