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Tummy Tuck FAQS

An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is one of the most dramatic surgeries a person can have. In the right candidate, it can remove excess skin and fat to reveal your underlying abdominal muscles. This is truly a rejuvenation of the abdominal wall that can be life-changing for most patients.

A tummy tuck removes the excess skin and fat below the belly button. The “smile” incision is made along the lower abdomen above the groin. Most patients also require tightening of the rectus adominus muscles to cinch in the waist. These muscles may have become separated during pregnancy or just lax with aging. Sometimes liposuction of the upper abdomen and sides is added to help contour the area. A normal amount of tissue removed during surgery is 2-5 pounds.

The best candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is a BMI of 30 or less. Studies have shown that patients with a higher BMI have increased chance for complications and less than optimal results. Those with an “apple” figure are not often great candidates and may do better with liposuction alone. If the bulk of fat is behind the abdominal wall, only a strict diet can help resolve the issue.

After a tummy tuck, it is advisable to take three to six weeks off of work depending on the physical requirements of your job. You can resume normal exercise after six weeks. It takes several months for all the swelling to subside and your final look to take shape.