Tummy Tuck with Elizabeth Kinsley MD
If you have loose or sagging abdominal wall skin frequently associated with abnormal relaxation of the anterior abdominal wall muscles (frequently secondary to multiple pregnancies or prior surgery), you may be a candidate for tummy tuck. You may also be a candidate if you are unable to tighten abdominal wall skin with exercise. The procedure is intended to give the patient a smoother, flatter abdomen.
Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Mini abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar). Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair. Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles (standard scar).
Tummy Tuck can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and probably requires more time consuming and limiting recovery. You will be encouraged to be moving and walking within 1 to 2 days. Light activity is comfortable in 10 to 20 days. Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result are liposuction, breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift, or thigh lift. This procedure is now considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.