Tummy Tuck /Abdominoplasty

General Summary

An Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is a great way to have the abdomen you have always dreamed of. After having children or losing a large amount of weight, your abdomen has excess skin – and no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of it!

Sometimes your muscles are stretched out as well.  Dieting will help you lose weight and working out will make your muscles stronger but only a tummy tuck will make your skin tight, bring your muscles back to the middle and get rid of stretch marks! Want to schedule a tummy tuck consultation, have a question, or need help with financing? 

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1. Consultation and Planning

When you come to a consultation at New Life Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Lee will examine you to help you decide what operation is best for you. Liposuction may be what you need to remove excess fatty tissue from your abdomen or sides or a tummy tuck may be recommended to remove excess skin and tighten the muscles. See the section on liposuction for more information. An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can also be added as a part of your Mommy Makeover. At New Life Cosmetic Surgery Center, we will tailor-make a plan just for you!

2. Procedure

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck Surgery only takes about 4 hours.  You will arrive at the office in the morning and be home in the early afternoon.  They are always done with IV conscious sedation and NOT general anesthesia.  Thus you will sleep through the entire procedure but be breathing on your own.  You do not need to be intubated. 

3. Recovery

You will notice a difference immediately after surgery but you will be very swollen and the results will improve with time as the swelling goes down. You should not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You should walk around immediately after surgery and NOT stay in bed. This is important to prevent blood clots. You should eat a healthy diet and as much protein as possible to promote good healing.

You will walk a little bent over at first but by the end of the first week, you should be standing straight up like normal so you don’t strain your back. Dr. Lee sees all the patients the next day after surgery. He will remove the bandages and you can shower after these bandages have been removed. You should not lift anything over 5 pounds in the first 2 weeks of recovery. However, most patients return to work within 1 week, especially if they have light duty at work. You may drive and return to work when you are no long taking prescription pain medicine.

Remember that everyone is different. Recovery times and progression is not the same for everyone. The times stated are typical for healthy individuals healing from this surgery. The normal progression of healing may be different for those with health problems, smokers, and those who have unforeseen complications after surgery.

4. Results

Your abdominoplasty will result in flatter, firmer belly with an improved appearance of stretch marks. You will look great in your clothes and bathing suits. Individual results may vary.

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