A flat, toned abdomen is sometimes only a memory of pre-pregnancy days, and in most cases diet and exercise cannot fully correct the changes that have occured in your abdomen as a result of childbirth. In other individuals large fluctuations in weight have caused the same changes in their abdomen experienced by other women during pregnancy. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, a tummy tuck may be an appropriate option for you.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure to flatten your abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, and repairing weakened or separated muscles. A tummy tuck is a good choice for you if you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, your weight is stable, you are planning no further pregnancies, and you are not a current smoker. There are options concerning the location and extent of the incisions, the extent of the muscle repair needed, and the method of excess fat removal. I will discuss all of these options in detail with you during your consultation.
The surgery is performed either at an accredited outpatient surgical facility or in the hospital, depending on the extent of the procedure. You will be bandaged in a supportive garment following surgery. Drains are placed under your skin during surgery to remove excess fluids. They are removed several days after surgery. Recovery time is varied. Most patients are up to light activity in 2 or 3 days and are able to return to work in two weeks.