Tummy Tuck Procedure

There are thousands of tummy tuck procedures performed every year.

When an abdominoplasty is performed by a surgeon, usually a horizontal incision is made around the pubic area of your body. The length of this incision depends on how much skin needs to be removed and it is extended out towards the hip bones accordingly, usually within swimsuit lines. Any underlying muscles that might need tightening may also be done. This is done by pulling the muscles together and then stitching them into place. Extra, saggy and sometimes stretch-marked skin is removed as well.

In some cases, another incision is made around the navel and the excess skin above it is also removed. Sometimes the navel may look slightly different after.

Once the tummy tuck procedure has been done, primary recovery is around a week to 10 days. After a few weeks or so, any brusing or swelling subsides and you will start to see the results of the surgery. Light duties can be done within the first three or four weeks. After a few months, you will see more of the final results of the surgery.



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