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For those patients who have excess skin and subcutaneous tissue in the abdominal area, you may be a candidate for an abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a “tummy tuck”. Sometimes even with diet and exercise, you are unable to tighten or tone the abdomen. This is especially true if you have had massive weight loss or have been pregnant. In many of these cases, the skin has been stretched and has lost elasticity which makes it impossible to achieve the abdominal contour that you desire.

During your consultation, Dr. Aya-ay will evaluate the degree and location of skin laxity, determine localized areas of adiposity, and measure the degree of muscle separation or rectus diastasis. You will discuss your perceived problem areas and formulate the best surgical plan to meet your desired results. There are various techniques that can be utilized to customize your surgical plan for your specific body type. Some of those surgical techniques are the mini-tummy tuck, sliding umbilicoplasty, full abdominoplasty, abdominoplasty with liposuction, vertical abdominoplasty, rectus plication (tightening of the abdominal muscles), or the circumferential abdominoplasty.

The Procedure

The majority of tummy tuck procedures can be performed at a surgery center or hospital as an outpatient procedure. In most situations, general anesthesia is used. Incisions are made in the lower abdomen and around the umbilicus in the standard tummy tuck procedures. In a vertical abdominoplasty, a vertical incision is added and an incision along the lower back is utilized in a circumferential abdominoplasty. The latter procedures are typically performed on patients with massive weight loss and significant skin laxity. During the surgery, excess skin and fat is removed and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened in a corset like fashion. The skin is reshaped over the abdomen resulting in an improved abdominal contour.

The Recovery

There will be a period of time following the surgery during which there will restrictions on activity and work. The time period and restrictions vary based on the surgical procedures chosen. Pain medication and muscle relaxants are prescribed for patient comfort. Antibiotics are given for a period of time.

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