Many men and women alike can feel dissatisfied with the appearance of their midsection, preventing them from feeling confident at the pool or on the beach, or even from fitting comfortably into their clothes. Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is one of the most popular procedures among women who have been pregnant or anyone who has lost significant amounts of weight. The procedure removes excess fatty tissue in the abdominal cavity, tightens stomach skin and can resolve diastasis recti, or separated abdominal muscles.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington understands that everyone’s needs are different, and prides herself on customizing each tummy tuck procedure to meet the needs and goals of each individual. During your consultation, she’ll answer any questions you may have to ensure that you feel comfortable with your procedure from start to finish.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery in Plymouth has helped men and women from Minneapolis-St. Paul and beyond feel great about their new look with abdominoplasty. Contact us online or call our Mill Valley office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about tummy tucks, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?
Almost anyone who is in good overall health and wishes to improve their midsection can be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Some of the most common reasons to consider getting a tummy tuck include:
- Separated abdominal muscles, or diastasis recti
- Loose or excess abdominal skin resulting from pregnancy or weight fluctuations
- Excess fatty tissue in the abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise
Tummy Tuck Incisions
Tummy tuck incisions are typically placed below the midsection, running horizontally across the upper pubic region so that the resulting scar can be easily hidden by a bathing suit or underwear. The length of your incision will depend on the extent of your procedure, but most traditional tummy tucks involve an incision that stretches roughly from one hip to the other. Dr. Harrington takes special care to make scarring as minimal as possible, and will advise you on how to heal optimally and achieve the best tummy tuck scar.
Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
Abdominoplasty is a same-day procedure performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. You should arrive at the surgery center 1 hour prior to your procedure start time and stay fat least 1 hour after your procedure is finished. The entire process takes approximately 3-5 hours, depending on the extent of correction needed. You should bring a friend or family member who can drive you home once you are discharged, and an adult will need to stay with you for at least 24 hour following your surgery.
Depending on your appearance goals, Dr. Harrington may recommend additional procedures to achieve the best results. Many people choose to combine their tummy tuck with liposuction for more comprehensive contouring of the abdomen or another body part. Additionally, most women who have mommy makeovers include abdominoplasty along with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation or labiaplasty.
After your tummy tuck, some soreness and swelling is to be expected. Most people take at least 2 weeks away from work and other normal activities. Some patients, however, may feel up to returning to work sooner, especially if they have a desk job with no heavy lifting. Dr. Harrington may ask you to wear a special post-surgical compression garment designed to promote blood circulation and minimize swelling during the first days and weeks after surgery.
Swelling and bruising should begin to subside during the second week of your recovery, but you won’t be able to see your final results for at least another month. While you should see a noticeable difference in your body shape during this time, your final results can take up to 6 months to fully develop, with your scar continuing to heal for 1 year or more.
It’s important to discuss any possible risks or complications with Dr. Harrington prior to getting your tummy tuck. Keep in mind that while a tummy tuck can create a slimmer abdomen, the procedure does not prevent future weight gain. Therefore, patients are advised to commit to a healthy and active lifestyle before and after their tummy tuck so they can enjoy their results for many years to come. If you notice any sudden swelling or pain, notify our office immediately.
Abdominoplasty can streamline your figure, allowing you to fit into your favorite clothes and feel confident revealing your figure. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your body sculpting consultation and learn more about how to improve your look.