A tummy tuck (aka abdominoplasty) surgically removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, and can tighten the abdominal wall, reducing the appearance of a protruberant abdomen. Scars are hidden under the bikini line and around the belly button.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and the lasts from 2 – 4 hours. It can be combined with liposuction to improve the contour of the waist. Drains are placed during surgery and are removed at a later time. Patients usually stay overnight in the hospital for observation. Patients typically experience pain, swelling, and occasionally fluid collection. Patients can usually return to work with activity restrictions in 1 – 2 weeks.
Additional surgical risks will be discussed in consultation.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure.