Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles to create an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control, yet sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Significant fluctuations in weight
  • Heredity
  • Previous surgery

Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. A tummy tuck is an operation that can dramatically improve these changes through a combination of tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin. With this procedure, patients can have a more defined waist, a slimmer profile, a more proportionate body contour, and better clothing fit. This can be an appropriate operation for thin patients, heavy patients, and patients of all sizes in between.

Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You do not smoke

Although the results of an abdominoplasty procedure are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone abdominoplasty surgery.

The success and safety of your tummy tuck procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation with your surgeon. He/she will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries

Your Surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of the tummy tuck and any risks or potential complications

The Surgery

  • In House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1½-3  hours duration
  • Most patients go home the same day, but some may go home the following morning
  • Many patients may have a drain placed to prevent fluid accumulation

The Recovery

  • Moderate discomfort
  • Return to work by two weeks
  • Light exercise in 3-4 weeks

For examples of the before-and-after results of tummy tucks performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.

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