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Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, also called “abdominoplasty,” is a procedure designed to tighten and sculpt the upper and lower abdomen. During this procedure, excess fat and skin are removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened to provide a flatter, more youthful-looking midsection.

Thinking About Having a Tummy Tuck?

With tummy tuck surgery, you can experience the following benefits:

Remove Sagging Abdominal Skin

Sagging abdominal skin can result from weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process. It often appears very wrinkled and can even hang past the pubic hair line. Tummy tuck surgery will remove this unsightly skin to provide a slimmer and toner result that will boost both comfort and confidence.

Restore Your Pre-Pregnancy Body

Even women with “great genes” experience significant changes in their body after pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery will repair and restore stretched abdominal muscles, remove excess fat, and tighten the skin to reveal a youthful-looking midsection.

Remove Stretch Marks

Stretch marks occur as a result of weight gain, pregnancy, or aging. They often appear on the lower abdomen where much of the skin is removed during an abdominoplasty. If stretch marks coincide with the excess skin that is to be removed, they will be removed along with it.

Tighten Loosened Abdominal Muscles

Diastasis recti, or loosened abdominal muscles, can occur from pregnancy or weight gain. Even after weight is lost, the separated muscles allow the gut to push outward, leading to a permanently protruding abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery will tighten these muscles to create a firm, sculpted foundation.

Increase Comfort During Routine Activities

Excess abdominal skin can lead to difficulty performing exercise and routine activities. With this extra skin out of the way, patients are freed from these limitations.

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Your Tummy Tuck Options

During your consultation, Dr. Sarah Mess will personally evaluate your body to determine if a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck will give you the results you desire.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck will remove excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen using a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck. The abdominal muscles are also tightened if necessary.

  • Addresses the lower abdomen only
  • Involves a shorter scar than a full tummy tuck
  • Involves a shorter recovery time than a full tummy tuck

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, both above and below the navel, and tightens stretched abdominal muscles.

  • Addresses the upper and lower abdomen
  • Tightens the abdominal muscles
  • Removes excess fat and tightens skin

Before & After Photos

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You’ve just had a Tummy Tuck. Now what?

Dr. Mess will give you detailed postoperative instructions and guidelines regarding what you can expect for recovery and results. In general, you can expect the following:

  • Immediately After

    Immediately after surgery, your incisions will be dressed in bandages, and you will likely be instructed to wear a compression garment, which will help reduce swelling and help your skin adhere to the newly sculpted contours. You will have arranged for someone to drive you home and care for you during the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery, when you will be getting plenty of rest.

  • Weeks 1 and 2

    Most patients can resume work after one to two weeks as long as it does not involve strenuous activity. Swelling and bruising will still be apparent at this time but will subside over the next few weeks. Prescribed medications will ease any discomfort you may experience.

  • Weeks 3 and 4

    Many patients can be cleared for light physical activity after the third week, but they should still pay attention to the way their body responds. It may be wise to continue to rest and drink plenty of fluids for another week.

  • Week 5

    By the fifth week, most of the swelling and bruising has dissipated, and patients usually feel able to resume regular activities and exercises. Follow-up visits should be scheduled to ensure recovery is going smoothly and that the results meet your expectations.

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If you have any questions, please call us at (410) 910-2350 or fill out our contact form and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

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