Tummy Tuck Surgery
During a tummy tuck operation, the surgeon makes a long horizontal
incision just above your pubic area. The surgeon will generally try
to make the incision within your bathing suit lines, so that the scar
will be less visible. Sometimes however, this is not possible.
After the incision is made, the surgeon separates the skin from the
abdominal wall, and lifts it all the way up to your rib cage. The
abdominal muscles are then tightened, and the excess skin, which is
pulled down by the surgeon, is removed.
The surgeon also cuts a new hole for your
navel, which is then stitched in place.
Finally, the incisions will be sutured closed,
dressings will be applied, and a temporary
tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid
from the surgical site.
- Tummy tucks can be an effective way to get rid of loose skin around
- Tummy tucks are not suitable for people with excess fat deposits
outside of the abdominal area.
- The surgery will leave a permanent scar along your lower abdomen.
- A tummy tuck is a major surgical operation, that may carry increased
risk of complications.
- Tummy tucks may take a long time to complete -- anywhere from
two to five hours -- depending on the amount of work required.
- Recovery time may be longer than with other cosmetic procedures.
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