Salt Lake City & Bountiful UT
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Almost everyone would like to have a flatter, firmer stomach. A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens the skin of the lower abdomen. A laxity of the abdomen can result from pregnancy, weight loss, or weakened muscles. Diet and exercise alone may not correct these problems. By having an abdominoplasty, not only is the skin pulled tight, but the muscles of the abdominal wall are reinforced and strengthened. Abdominoplasty is generally tailored to the individual patient depending on their body and the desired end result. One thing that you can expect following surgery is a tighter, flatter, and more contoured abdomen. Dr. Sargent offers 30+ years of experience in Plastic surgery to Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah.
Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is designed to improve the contour of the tummy by tightening the skin and muscles of the abdominal wall. This is a good option if:
- You have excess, sagging skin.
- You have a bulging or protruding stomach pouch.
- You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen.
Abdominoplasty is a good contouring procedure but is not a weight loss method. Ideally, patients should be healthy and at a stable weight.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
Depending upon the extent of skin laxity, a tummy tuck can be designed to fit the patient’s needs. The shape and length of the lower abdominal incision can vary depending on the amount of excess tissue to be removed. Once the lower incision is made and the abdominal skin lifted, the underlying weakened muscles are tightened. A second incision is made around the navel. The upper abdominal skin is then pulled down like a window shade. The excess skin is trimmed and the skin is sutured together. A new opening is made for the belly button and the belly button passed through and sutured in place.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Following the operation, you may have an abdominal binder in place with bandages on your suture line. Small drain tubes may be in place to drain any blood or fluid that collects. Swelling and soreness may be present for several weeks. You may need to take off work for 2-4 weeks and avoid any strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Detailed written instructions are given to help you in your recovery.
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