Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) is designed to flatten the abdomen and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles. Dr. Jeffrey Swail’s tummy tuck procedure creates an abdominal appearance and profile that is smoother and firmer. The most common causes leading to a protruding, loose or sagging abdomen are:
- Significant weight loss
- Prior Surgery
Specifically, significant weight gain and pregnancy can stretch the skin of the abdomen diminishing its natural elasticity. A tummy tuck can restore the skin’s natural elasticity as well as repair any damage done to the underlying muscles.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure
A tummy tuck procedure begins with a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and the naval. The incision is made along the natural fold of the waistline to reduce visible scarring. The size and length of the incision will vary upon the degree of correction necessary. In some cases, an additional incision is made above the naval, if there is excess skin above the naval that needs to be removed. Once the incision is made, Dr. Swail gently removes excess tissue and fat from the abdomen creating an ideal contour. Once exposed, the underlying muscles are repaired and sutured. Repairing any damaged underlying muscles can create a firm and flat abdominal profile that ensures longer lasting results.
Once the desired contour is achieved, the skin is then re-draped over the abdomen and excess skin is removed. By removing the excess skin, the overall skin elasticity can be restored to a more natural state and the loose look and feel to the abdomen can be corrected.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Results
The results for this procedure can be seen once bruising and swelling subside. The recovery times vary greatly depending on the amount of correction performed and the size of incision necessary. Many patients are able to stand upright after 1-2 weeks, once internal healing is complete. Given the scope of the procedure and amount of correction necessary, recovery times can range from 2 weeks to a few months. Abdominoplasty will leave a permanent horizontal scar stretching between the hips, but will generally be low enough to be concealed by a bikini.
Dr. Swail meets with each patient personally to discuss their desired outcomes and expectations prior to each procedure. This allows Dr. Swail to design a customized procedure to achieve great long-lasting results, following a tummy tuck procedure. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, a tummy tuck delivers a long-lasting, firm, and smooth contour to the abdomen.