A tummy tuck, or Abdominoplasty, smoothes and flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, then tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. Though it's not a substitute for weight loss, a tummy tuck will reduce a sagging or protruding belly, creating contours more fitting to your weight and body type.
Depending on each patient's circumstances and the extent of the surgery, a tummy tuck can be performed as an in-patient or out-patient procedure. Tummy tuck surgery lasts between two and five hours, under general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with sedation. Potential risks can include blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, conspicuous scarring or skin loss, or the need for a second operation.
The results of a tummy tuck are visible immediately, and the improvements are long-term or permanent, provided a stable weight and fitness level is maintained. Tummy tuck patients can return to work within 2 to 4 weeks after surgery, and more strenuous activities after 4 to 6 weeks. Scars from the procedure will fade and flatten gradually over the next 3 to 24 months. The side effects during recovery can include temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of the abdominal skin, bruising, or fatigue.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon at Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery will discuss the procedure during your consultation, so that you can make the most informed decisions for your health, goals, and expectations. If you are considering any future pregnancies or planning to lose weight, you should postpone having tummy tuck surgery until your overall body shape and fitness levels have stabilized. Restore your confidence and satisfaction with a trimmer profile! Contact us to set up a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.