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If you are in good physical shape but concerned about abdominal fat deposits or lose skin that does not respond to diet and exercise, then an abdominoplasty procedure may be a great answer for you.
Many patients are candidates for a tummy tuck procedure. Women and men of a wide range of ages can often benefit from undergoing a tummy tuck. Generally, good candidates have excess abdominal skin and fat, which is not responsive to diet and exercise.
The candidate should be healthy, a nonsmoker and near an ideal body weight.
For female candidates, in most cases, no planned pregnancy should be in her future. Tummy tuck surgery is a large procedure and the candidate must be prepared with the time and willingness for a challenging recovery.
In most cases, patients have significant skin and fat excess in the lower abdomen and, therefore, a full tummy tuck is the preferred procedure.
In some cases, where the excess skin is only in the lower abdomen, a “mini” tummy tuck or “modified” tummy tuck can be performed.
Often, Body-Jet liposuction is used as a complimentary procedure to contour the areas treated with the tummy that are not improved by skin removal and muscle tightening.
Our entire team will ensure that you are thoroughly prepared to undergo your tummy tuck procedure. A tummy tuck is a large operation and thorough preoperative planning is critical for success and a pleasant recovery. Once you have had a thorough consultation with Dr. Connall and you’ve decided to proceed, our team will begin preparations for surgery.
The incision for a tummy tuck is placed within the bikini line in the lower abdomen. In most cases, the resulting scar is below the level of a low rise bikini or low risk pants, allowing women to have full flexibility with their wardrobe choices.
Return to work and home type activities is usually possible two to four weeks after surgery. You may resume exercise after four to six weeks.
But, as always, we don't expect you to make this decision alone. When you see us for a consultation our team will review this information with you and help you become informed and confident in your choice. Our experience with all forms of contouring of the abdomen, flanks and back gives us a comprehensive perspective on achieving optimal results with the tummy tuck procedure.