A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes, however, even individuals with normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles to create an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Tummy Tuck Consultation
Dr. Colgrove will explain the details of your tummy tuck. He will work with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
For most tummy tuck procedures, you will be given a general anesthetic. Your tummy tuck surgery may last from two to four hours. When beginning the procedure, Dr. Colgrove will make an incision just under your pubic line that goes from hip to hip. A second incision is made around the belly button. The skin is then lifted and the abdominal muscles are surgically repaired. The skin is pulled down and the excess skin is removed. Generally, liposuction is also used to remove excess fat. This will create a more flat, toned-looking stomach. Dr. Colgrove will then close the incisions with sutures and apply a dressing to protect the incisions as they heal.
Recovery from Tummy Tuck Surgery
A tummy tuck cosmetic enhancement procedure requires a longer recovery period than most cosmetic surgery procedures since the abdominal wall requires ample time to heal. Most patients experience numbness and sensitivity in the abdomen, which can take about six months to improve. If drains are used, they remain in place for three to 14 days until discharge fluids are minimal. Sutures are most likely removed within six days to prevent scaring and keloid marks.
A special abdominal support garment is provided right after surgery that must be worn for several weeks. The scarring on the stomach fades significantly over time when following Dr. Colgrove’s after-care instructions. During your recovery, you must refrain from any strenuous activity, heavy lifting or abdominal exercise. Most patients resume work and regular activities within two to three weeks, depending on the extent of surgery needed.