A tight, youthful and well-toned abdomen can be difficult to maintain. Factors such as pregnancy, aging, significant weight fluctuations and genetics can contribute to a protruding abdomen with weak and widened abdominal muscles. During a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), Dr. Dawes will remove excess abdominal fat and skin, and can re-approximate separated abdominal muscles - resulting in a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.
As with other cosmetic procedures, a tummy tuck is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal.
A tummy tuck is not a suitable method for weight loss. Women planning future pregnancies or individuals wanting to lose a significant amount of weight may be advised to postpone their surgery.
Typically, the incision extends from hip to hip, along the ‘bikini line.’ The abdominal skin and fat is then separated from your abdominal musculature up to the level of the ribs. The abdominal muscles are then tightened and the excess skin is re-draped, removing the excess or redundant tissue. In most cases, the belly button (umbilicus) will be repositioned to a more anatomically normal position.
Recovery can take from two to six weeks. During this time, you will be required to wear an abdominal binder; initially, you will not be able to stand fully upright until internal heeling progresses. Although results are considered permanent, significant weight fluctuations can diminish long-term results.