The physicians at Einstein's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are highly experienced in performing abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, to remove excess fat and restore weakened or separated muscles in the abdomen. The surgery can create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile in individuals with protruding or sagging abdomens due to:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
How Does Abdominoplasty Work?
There are two types of abdominoplasty, and your surgeon will help you decide which one is right for you.
During a complete abdominoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision very low in the "bikini line" to remove excess skin and fat, and sometimes repair muscles to create a flat, contoured abdomen. During a partial or mini abdominoplasty, your surgeon focuses only on one part of the abdomen and makes a smaller incision. The surgeon may opt for endoscopic-assisted surgery, which is less invasive and can reduce the amount of time to complete the procedure.
What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?
Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:
- You will be under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation during the procedure, so you won't feel pain.
- Generally, you can go home the same day of your surgery and will be able to function on your own. You will have drainage tubes to remove excess fluid over the first one to two weeks.
- Recovery will take several weeks, and your surgeon can prescribe medication to manage pain. You should avoid strenuous activity until you're cleared by your doctor.
- You will have some scarring, which will fade over time.