Cosmetic Surgery Blog: Considering a Tummy Tuck? Learn the Facts!

Pope Plastic Surgery Center - ASPS Member Surgeon

A tummy tuck is nothing more than the removal of excess skin and fat. Tummy tucks are popular and commonly done to create a smoother abdominal profile. Tummy tucks are also known as abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty requires general anesthesia or sedation through an IV. The doctor will make a horizontal incision between the navel and public hairline. This incision is different for different people and is dependent on the amount of fat removal or skin correction required. The doctor will then repair the weakened abdominal muscles or remove excess skin, tissue and fat as necessary, through the incision. Once the removal is complete, the doctor will suture the area up or use skin adhesives, tapes or clips to close the incision.

If everything goes well, the results are wonderful. Patients find themselves with a flatter and firmer abdomen once the incisions have completely healed. Abdominoplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis and may take a few weeks to completely heal.

As with any surgery, there are many risks with abdominoplasty too. They include:

  • Scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Accumulation of Fluid
  • Numbness, pain, swelling, and nerve damage

Always, always, always retain a board certified doctor when you are considering any cosmetic surgery. And be sure to do your due diligence before undergoing any medical procedure.

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