The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the fourth most popular procedure in the United States. Although it is the plastic surgery procedure associated with the highest rate of complications, in general, it is safe and predictable. If you have excessive abdominal skin and soft tissue due to weight gain and loss, pregnancy, or age, you may be a candidate for abdominoplasty.
In my hands, abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction to achieve the best contour. Typically, the rectus abdominis muscles are fixed together in the midline. Then, the excess tissue is taken off, achieving a flat abdomen and a nice contour, and the skin incision is closed accurately in layers.
- Inpatient vs. Outpatient: An abdominoplasty can be done on an outpatient basis if you are a healthy patient and it is the only operation you are undergoing in that setting. With age and more medical issues, or with added procedures to the abdominoplasty, then an overnight stay needs to be considered.
- What to Expect: The decision to pursue abdominoplasty must not be taken lightly – you will be walking bent over at the waist for three weeks, and you need to ensure that you have the infrastructure in place to deal with that recovery.
During our consultation, I won’t sugar coat what you are about to go through or overpromise you what to expect. The recovery process is a long one, but “the run is definitely worth the slide”, as I like to say. Achieving a flatter abdomen and more youthful shape is a powerful restoration that can change your life!