The Tummy Tuck is very popular, ranking among the top five most requested cosmetic procedures. Also referred to as abdominoplasty is used to make the abdomen firmer by removing excess skin and fatty tissue. This tightens the muscles of the abdomen and results in a firmer stomach. Often, liposuction is used in conjunction to reform and contour transition areas. A complete abdominoplasty can take upwards of four hours, while a partial abdominoplasty can be completed within one or two.
Abdominoplasty can also be done in different degrees depending on how much tissue and skin is removed. The complete procedure involves an incision from hip to hip as well as an incision to free the navel. Excess skin and tissue is detached from the abdominal wall and the belly button is sutured into place. Unlike liposuction alone, the removal of this skin greatly assists patients with stretch marks in the area. Liposuction is used to touch up the transition areas. A partial abdominoplasty follows the same process but on a more limited scale with smaller incisions. An extended abdominoplasty follows the complete procedure but extends into the thighs and/or flanks.
As with any surgical procedure, adequate recovery time is essential. A support garment may be worn to minimize swelling and bruising. Experts recommend one to four weeks of low impact activities for initial recovery. Full recovery will take three to six weeks with the scars fading in the following months.