Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. But bear in mind, it does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip.
The best candidates for Seattle tummy tuck surgery are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise.
Skin around the abdomen may lose elasticity for a number of reasons including:
Skin that has lost elasticity due to factors such as pregnancy or weight loss often cannot tighten up with traditional diet or exercise. Loose tissue and weakened muscles are often also an issue in these cases and require surgical help.
A full abdominoplasty usually takes somewhere between three to four hours. Lower abdominoplasty (or “Mini Abdominoplasty”) to treat only the lower abdomen may take about two hours.
In a complete or full abdominoplasty, Dr. Grenley will make a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline in order to minimize visible scarring. Next, he elevates the loose skin to tighten the underlying tissues and abdominal wall. Dr. Grenley then removes any excess skin and closes your incisions.
Swelling and discomfort is often common during your first few days of recovery. Your abdominoplasty may be performed as an outpatient surgery or you may choose to stay overnight in the hospital. The sutures are absorbable beneath the skin so they will not require removal except for four sutures in the naval.
Recovery time varies from patient to patient. Most are able to return to work within a month after their surgery. Over time, your scar will continue to flatten and fade. Most are able to conceal incision lines between their underwear and bathing suits.
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