3-4 Hour Procedure
Return to desk job in 7-10 days
Usually outpatient if not a combination procedure
Who are the best candidates for abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck is appropriate for men and women who have excess loose skin and fat in the abdominal area that doesn’t respond to regular diet and exercise. In addition, it is especially suitable for women who have had multiple pregnancies causing the abdominal muscles and skin to stretch, leaving them with a “pooch” that won’t go away with exercise.
What are the risks and complications involved with having abdominoplasty?
As with any surgery, there are risks involved though having a qualified plastic surgeon perform your surgery minimizes the likelihood of complications. Some potential risks are scars, bleeding under the skin flap, numbness, infection and delays in wound healing. Dr. Weniger will fully present the risks and complications to you during your consultation.
How long will my abdominoplasty last?
Abdominoplasty produces great results for people with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. Typically, the results are long lasting provided you don’t stretch out the skin with another pregnancy or excessive weight gain.
Will I have scars?
Yes, but they can be concealed under most clothing including lingerie and bathing suits. Your scars will continue to improve for up to 2 years.
Will I be able to get pregnant again?
Yes, but abdominoplasty should be postponed if you intend to get pregnant again. Vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during a tummy tuck procedure can separate again during pregnancy.
What is the difference between a full and mini abdominoplasty?
A full or complete abdominoplasty involves separating the skin from the abdominal wall, freeing the navel from its surrounding tissue, and lifting the large skin flap up to gain access to the abdominal muscles. The muscles are tightened with sutures, then the skin flap is trimmed of excess skin, and the new navel is created and stitched into place. With a partial or mini abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter than with a full abdominoplasty since the skin is only separated between the incision line and the navel, and the muscles are tightened in a similar fashion. A mini abdominoplasty will have an easier recovery and less scarring, but is unable to produce as dramatic a flattening result, especially in the upper abdomen.