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Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty

An abdominoplasty, most commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is designed to give you a flatter, smoother and firmer abdomen. If you have excess skin or folds on your abdomen caused by weight loss or pregnancy, it is likely that you will benefit from an abdominoplasty. In this procedure, Dr. Marcus removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles. In some cases the desired effect may also be accomplished through liposuction.

Actual Santa Rosa Tummy Tuck Patient

Prior to surgery, Dr. Marcus will assess the condition of your stomach muscles, the amount of abdominal fat and excess skin. There are several approaches to this procedure depending on the amount of fat and skin to be removed. Dr. Marcus will discuss with you the various methods and which one he feels will achieve the best result in your case.

The standard abdominoplasty incision is made above the pubic area and extends in a horizontal line toward the pelvic bones. Effort is always taken to keep the incision below the line of a bathing suit or undergarment.

Although complications are rare, risks of this procedure can include tissue loss (occurring more often with people who smoke or have diabetes), fluid accumulation and skin numbness.

You will be given a support garment to wear for several weeks, and you will be instructed not to sit for long periods of time during the week following surgery. Bruising and swelling will disappear over a few weeks, but numbness in some areas of the abdomen may persist for several months. Scars may be deep in color for some time following surgery. While the scars will fade over time, they will likely always be somewhat visible. In some cases, scars eventually fade to very faint lines.

Tummy Tuck – Quick Facts

To create a smoother, flatter abdomen; abdominal muscles can be tightened and excess skin and fat removed

The length of an Abdominoplasty will vary, but is usually completed in two to four hours.

Usually general anesthesia.

Approximately one to two weeks.