What is an Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery designed to remove or tighten loose skin of the abdomen, repair the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus), and narrow the waistline. Sagging or bulging pockets of fat (love handles) may also be removed, sometimes with the assistance of liposuction. We have performed many abdominoplasty surgeries in the Chicago area for patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss.
How is an Abdominoplasty Performed?
The abdominoplasty procedure is typically performed under general or regional anesthesia (epidural anesthesia). In many cases, patients choose to stay in the hospital overnight. Patients may experience bruising and swelling which will fade in a few weeks time. Normal activities can then be resumed. Depending on the extent of the surgery, an abdominoplasty can take from 1 to 5 hours. A mini-abdominoplasty can be completed between 1 to 2 hours.
Abdominoplasty recovery time depends on the exact issue being treated. Surgical techniques and other factors vary patient to patient. In most cases, recovery time can take one to four weeks. During this time, it is best to avoid heavy lifting and nicotine intake. After surgery, patients will experience bruising and discomfort near the treated area. Compression garments can be used to reduce swelling, and to help areas conform to their new shape. Full recovery takes 3–6 months, with possible scars thereafter. Any scarring will eventually heal or fade into a thin line mark.
Risks of Abdominoplasty?
Although tummy tucks are considered safe procedures, different complications may arise including bleeding, numbness in skin sensation, skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, nerve damage, and heavy scarring.
To learn more about this procedure and schedule a consultation at Loren S. Schechter Plastic Surgery, located in Chicago, contact us today.