Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Who is a Candidate?

A person who has loose or sagging abdominal wall skin frequently associated with abnormal relaxation of the anterior abdominal wall muscles (commonly subsequent to multiple pregnancies or prior surgery).


Someone who is unable to tighten abdominal wall skin with exercise.


Intended Results:

A smoother flatter abdomen.


Procedure Description:

The procedure is usually under general anesthesia either within the hospital or in an outpatient setting. (Mini and modified abdominoplasties are similarly performed.)


Mini abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar).


Modified abdominalplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair.


Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of abdominal wall skin and muscles (standard scar).


Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides.


Recuperation and Healing:

Abdominoplasty can be one of the most uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and probably requires more time-consuming recovery.


Patients will remain overnight at our surgery center under the care of Dr. Palma and a nurse. After that, the patient may return home to begin recovery.


You will be encouraged to be moving and walking regularly within 1-2 days.


Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days. Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.


Other Options:

Additional procedures that may enhance the result are Liposuction, Breast Procedures, or Thigh Lift.


Insurance Guidelines:

This procedure is now considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.


NOTE: The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not effect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.

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