What is it?

Tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen as well as potentially addressing areas of “bulging.” In most cases, there is also a component of restoring weakened or separated abdominal muscles. The most common causes of a loose, sagging, or protruding abdomen include aging, pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, prior surgery, and hereditary factors. Regardless of the cause, without a doubt, a more proportioned, firmer abdominal contour yields a more positive self-image. The procedure may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction to best address a patient’s abdominal contour.

Who is a candidate?

  • A healthy, non-smoking patient (>1 month) with a stable weight for at least 3-6 months
  • Displeased with an abdomen that is loose, protruding, or sagging

Technique

The procedure can be performed under IV/conscious sedation or general anesthesia. The technique includes:

  • Incision made below the bikini line in the lower abdomen. Incision length may be hip to hip (“full abdominoplasty”) or shorter (“mini-abdominoplasty”) depending on anatomy
  • Removal of excess skin and fat
  • Tightening of the abdominal muscles if indicated.
  • Incision around the navel to assist tightening skin of the upper stomach area (except in cases of “mini-abdominoplasty”)
  • Liposuction which may also be done simultaneously to address areas of fat deposits
  • Drain placement
  • Placement of a pain pump or injection of a long acting pain reliever for postoperative pain control

Recovery

  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Result: Immediate
  • Pain: Variable. Oral pain medicine may be needed for up to 7-10 days
  • Special garment: A compression garment/abdominal binder will be placed at time of surgery and should be worn for at least 4 weeks.
  • Drain removal: Drains typically removed at 1 week.
  • Suture removal: All sutures are dissolvable
  • Activity/Shower/Driving restriction: Encouraged to walk immediately. May shower 2 days after surgery. May drive when no longer requiring narcotic pain medication. No strenuous activity/heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
  • Time off work: Expect to require at least 2 weeks off of work depending on job demands.
  • Follow-up: You will be seen in office following surgery at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months, and 6 months or as needed

If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery, please fill out our contact form and we will be happy to assist you! Alternatively, you can call to schedule a consultation to see Dr. Galanis in Beverly Hills at 310-858-8930 or in Chicago at 844-GALANIS (844-425-2647).