A tummy tuck is surgery to remove fat and skin from your belly. It also tightens the stomach muscles. The
surgery will make your belly look flatter. It is also called an abdominoplasty.
There are several types
of tummy tuck surgeries. Your doctor will discuss with you which one would be
best for you.
The doctor will make a cut in the skin
from one hip bone to the other. This cut is called an incision. Another incision will loosen the belly button
from the tissue underneath it. Then this skin flap is pulled down from the
ribs. The doctor will tighten the muscles in the belly. Excess skin and fat are
taken off, and the skin is brought together and closed. A tummy
tuck leaves a long scar across your lower stomach and a smaller one around your
belly button. The scars will fade with time.
You may spend 1 or 2
days in the hospital for a tummy tuck, or you may go home on the day of
You may have a less complex tummy tuck surgery. This is sometimes called a
mini tummy tuck, and your recovery will be a little easier. With a mini tummy
tuck, the doctor makes a shorter incision. Less skin is removed and
only the lower stomach muscles are tightened. Unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini
tummy tuck usually involves liposuction. This uses suction to remove fat. You
will need to take it easy for 2 to 3 weeks at home.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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