Abdominoplasty | Tummy Tuck

After pregnancy or weight gain, the abdomen often fails to return to its original shape and does not respond as well to exercise and diet programs. In these cases, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can provide a long-term solution. This frequently performed procedure is used to tighten overly stretched abdominal muscles for a flatter, smoother appearance.

A tummy tuck flattens your abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, after tightening muscles of your abdominal wall.

If your only problem area is below the belly button, you may benefit from a procedure called a partial abdominoplasty or minitummy tuck, which can be performed as an outpatient procedure.

For a full tummy tuck, an incision is made across the lower abdomen, in the bikini line. Dr. Stein then tightens the loose muscles with special sutures. This creates a stronger abdominal core and a smaller waist. Excess skin is removed, and a new opening is made for the belly button at the right position.

After a Tummy Tuck

For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled by medication. Patients usually stay the first night after surgery in the ambulatory unit of the hospital. Though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible. Surface stitches will be removed in 5-7 days. Most people return to work within 10 days to two weeks, depending on the work you do.
Exercise will help you heal better. If you’ve never exercised before, you should begin an exercise program to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots and tone muscles. Vigorous exercise should be avoided until you can do it comfortably at 6 weeks.It takes nine months to a year before scars flatten out and lighten in color. Scarring is permanent, but will not show under most clothing, even under bathing suits.