Abdominoplasties, or tummy tucks, are one of the more common procedures that I perform. In fact, with baby boomers now just about finished having their children, tummy tucks have skyrocketed in popularity.
After pregnancy or weight loss, there is extra skin of the belly. The muscles drift to the sides, causing the abdomen to pouch forward.
Tummy tucks improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and by tightening the muscles.
Some tummy tucks can be performed as an inpatient or outpatient procedure, or as an outpatient procedure followed by an overnight stay in a recovery facility. This is a “real gain, real pain” procedure - you’ll be out of work 2-3 weeks.
This procedure is one of the most rewarding in plastic surgery because not only is there a cosmetic benefit, but there is a functional improvement. Posture is improved, back pain is often helped, and strength of the abdomen increases.