Whether it is the result of weight loss – including pregnancy weight loss – or genetics, you may find yourself with excess skin and fat sitting on your middle despite changes in diet and rigorous exercise. That’s where a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can help. This trusted procedure removes the excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles around the targeted areas, helping you achieve a smoother, tighter profile.
Let our highly trained, award-winning surgeons work with you to remove that excess for good.
AAMC offers two forms of tummy tuck tailored to your specific needs. In a traditional procedure, the surgeon makes an incision from hipbone to hipbone, and uses liposuction to remove any excess fat. The abdominal muscles are then pulled and tightly secured across the midline. The belly button is repositioned for natural placement. Small tubes, or drains, are temporarily placed to redirect excess fluid that can collect between the abdominal wall and the overlying skin during the healing process.
The drains can cause discomfort in some patients and leave additional scarring, but some medical professionals believe them to be more effective in the long term.
An alternative, however, is the no-drain tummy tuck, which employs the same basic surgical procedure but uses special suturing techniques that limit the buildup of fluids, eliminating the need to place drains.
Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and take approximately two hours.
To learn more about the difference between the two procedures, consult with your surgeon. A tummy tuck can also be done in conjunction with other procedures, such as liposuction, a butt lift or breast surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is recovery like? A tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure, and you leave the surgery center the same day as the surgery. You wear a compression garment over the treated area and will need to rest entirely for 48 hours following the procedure. In order to promote blood circulation, you should move around following the rest period, but not too rapidly. Within four to six weeks, you can resume your normal exercise routine. All patients experience different recovery times, and you should consult your doctor before you increase your activity level beyond your pre-operative routine.
Will there be scarring? Yes. However, scars can be easily concealed by swimsuits or undergarments, and most patients say the positive results of the surgery far outweigh the annoyance of scarring.
Can women have children after a tummy tuck? The tummy tuck procedure is frequently chosen by women who lose weight after giving birth. While nothing about the procedure can be harmful to future pregnancies, it is highly recommended you wait until after you’re done having children to do a tummy tuck. Additional pregnancies can compromise the results of the procedure, stretching the muscles that tummy tucks tighten.