Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
After pregnancy or significant weight loss, some patients are left with loose and hanging skin around their midsection. When skin has been stretched for a long period of time, it can lose elasticity and become limited in how much it can tighten back up to fit a smaller body. In addition, the muscles of the rectus abdominis can become weakened or separated. Folds in the excess skin can be aesthetically displeasing and can cause discomfort and hygiene issues. A tummy tuck is a great solution to recreate the flat and firm stomach you’re looking for.
How It Works
An abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, involves two steps. A horizontal incision is made from hip bone to hip bone just above the upper pubic hairline. Under the skin, weakened abdominal muscles are tightened and excess fat is removed. The skin is then pulled tight and the excess is removed to create a smooth, contoured appearance. Removal of the excess and overhanging skin is referred to as a panniculectomy. In some instances a vertical incision will also be made to address horizontal fullness and to help create an hourglass appearance. This is called a fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty.
What to Expect
After surgery you will be wrapped tightly in bandages or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals. In most cases we suggest that patients plan to take about two weeks off work after a tummy tuck. You will want to wait until cleared by the surgeon or nurse practitioner before lifting anything over five pounds.
Some insurance companies will cover cosmetic procedures, if deemed medically necessary. This typically will require evidence of uncontrolled rashes and other documentation from your primary care doctor. In some instances, insurance companies will opt to cover just the panniculectomy (removal of excess skin) portion of the surgery. Fill out our online insurance verification so we can check your benefits.
Vicki, Tummy Tuck