Abdominoplasty (Full)

Abdominoplasty can be done for both women and men.  The procedure removes excess fatty tissue and skin from the abdomen.  The underlying muscles are tightened when necessary.

Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss.  The best candidate for this surgery is the individual who is normal weight and in good physical health.

The procedure is done using general anesthesia.   It is major surgery with a recuperation time typically of several weeks or even months.  Even so, most individuals are able to return to work by three to four weeks following surgery.  This will vary depending on the individual and the job requirements.

In the absence of a pregnancy or other significant weight gain, the results of a tummy tuck can remain for many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Liposuction or abdominoplasty – which do I need?

Dr. Bates will fully discuss both procedures with you before any decision is made. In many instances, your physical examination will determine which procedure—or a combination of both—best suits your need.  Liposuction usually addresses localized collections of fat, while abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Yes, you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck without injury to yourself or to the infant. To maintain the surgical result, however, you should have tummy tucks performed after childbearing.

Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?

This will be determined at the time of your consultation.  You need to be in good health.  For best long-term results, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Can abdominoplasty get rid of old scars and stretch marks?

Only if the stretch marks and scars fall into the area of planned skin excision.

If I am obese, can I still have abdominoplasty?

The decision to perform abdominoplasty is made by Dr. Bates. She may recommend weight loss prior to cosmetic abdominoplasty for some patients. Liposuction and abdominoplasty cannot reduce fat in and around abdominal organs.

Morbidly obese patients with excessive skin and fat may be advised to undergo a panniculectomy, which is used to treat severe cases where hanging skin causes rashes, irritation, and personal hygiene problems.

What are the risks of abdominoplasty?

All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. Dr. Bates carefully reviews the risks, limitations, and possible complications of each procedure with every patient. You can minimize your risk of complications by quitting smoking, eating a nutritious diet, and keeping your diabetes and high blood pressure under control.

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