Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty is a popular surgery that creates a smoother, flatter, tighter stomach. This is achieved by removing excess skin and fat in conjunction with tightening the abdominal muscles. This procedure accomplishes stunning results which could never be achieved through diet and exercise alone to dramatically improve your silhouette.
Abdominoplasty usually takes about two to three hours and is a safe and effective way to flatten and streamline your midsection. Dr. Swanson uses a technique with internal absorbable sutures, which eliminates the need for drains, making recovery much more comfortable. To further improve your comfort during recovery, patients are placed in an elastic binder at the time of surgery.
Dr. Swanson performs abdominoplasty as an outpatient procedure, which means that you can return home the same day that you have surgery. Recovery usually involves at least two weeks off from work and any strenuous activity. Patients will be advised to wear a compression garment (which can be hidden under regular clothes) for a few weeks following surgery as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the usual recovery time?
A: Most patients can return to work in two weeks and resume most vigorous activities in four to six weeks.
Q: Who is a candidate for this procedure?
A: The best candidates are people with loose abdominal skin and muscles, which is most often caused by weight loss or pregnancy.
Q: Can I have a Breast surgery done at the same time?
A: Yes, breast augmentation, lift or reduction, is often combined with an abdominoplasty. This is sometimes called a Mommy Makeover (because many patients who opt for this combination are women who have had children).
Q: I’m in my 50s. Am I the right age for this procedure?
A: Absolutely! Patients in good health of many different ages can benefit from this surgery. Medical history, screening pre-op labs and EKGs will ensure that you can have the procedure safely. If deemed necessary, a pre-operative clearance will be requested from your primary physician.