Excess fat in the lower abdomen is a common complaint for both men and women.

However, women have the additional concern of childbirth which significantly stretches the abdominal muscles. When there is good skin tone, no stretch marks, and a limited amount of fat, liposuction alone is usually the best option. However, when stretch marks are present in addition to abdominal muscle laxity, a tummy tuck remains the best option. In this procedure, the incision is kept low below the “bikini line” and a large ellipse of fat and skin is removed. The belly button is resutured in its original place and the abdominal muscles tightened to give an hourglass shape. This procedure can be combined with liposuction to further sculpt the body.

In a standard abdominoplasty, the incision will generally extend across the lower abdomen from hip bone to hip bone. Skin and fat is removed from the belly button to the pubic bone and the abdominal muscles are tightened.

A well-done facelift should reposition facial anatomy and restore a youthful appearance without appearing stretched or pulled. In order to accomplish this goal, the surgeon should primarily address the underlying facial structure called the SMAS layer and not rely on the skin for support. This not only yields a more natural look but also adds longevity to the procedure.

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Procedures: Standard Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty with Liposuction of the Flanks

 *All patients are unique and results may vary

 

Procedures: Standard Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty with Liposuction of the Flanks

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Procedures: Standard Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty with Liposuction of the Flanks

*All patients are unique and results may vary

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EXPECTATIONS

LENGTH

2 - 3 hours

ANESTHESIA

General

IN/OUTPATIENT

Inpatient or outpatient (depending on extent of procedure)

SIDE EFFECTS

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

RISKS

Pain, bleeding, infection, fluid collections, healing problems, and blood clots

RECOVERY

Back to work: 1 - 2 weeks
More strenuous activity: 4 - 6 weeks

FINAL APPEARANCE

3 months

DURATION OF RESULTS

Permanent