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What Is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, is an invasive procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal wall.

Woman in fitness clothing post having a tummy tuck procedure

The Best Candidates for an Abdominoplasty

Any generally healthy individual who desires a slimmer waistline and more defined abdominal contour is a viable candidate for abdominoplasty. At Runnels and North Outpatient Plastic Surgery Center, we frequently treat women who’ve experienced one or multiple pregnancies with a tummy tuck, as well as people who have lost a significant amount of weight and have extra skin.

When Should You Avoid an Abdominoplasty?

If you’re planning to become pregnant, we suggest postponing the procedure until you are finished having children. Also, people who are well on their path to weight loss but not quite at their destination should consider waiting for a tummy tuck.

The Abdominoplasty Process

The tummy tuck procedure can be either partial or complete, depending on your personal goals. They both are typically performed as outpatient surgeries that take from one to five hours in total.

A complete abdominoplasty uses incisions at your navel and the bottom of your bikini line so our surgeons can shape your muscles underneath accordingly. This procedure is best for those with lots of fat and skin that need to be removed. Drainage tubes are also used if necessary.

A mini-abdominoplasty uses smaller incisions around the belly area to remove extra skin, but not to the same extent as a complete abdominoplasty. Drainage tubes might be utilized.
After your procedure, you’ll need a friend or family member to take you home and look after you for the first night following your surgery.

Results Expected From Abdominoplasty

An improved aesthetic appearance is the goal of abdominoplasty, and that is what you’ll receive. Your waistline will be slimmer and your abdomen firmer. Scars are an inevitable part of the surgery, but they will fade over time. If we used drains during your procedure, we’ll remove them in a week or two. We’ll give you a compression garment to help reduce swelling.

Avoid excessive physical strain for six to eight weeks following your tummy tuck. However, brief walks and other light activities during your recovery will help to avoid blood clots. While the results of your tummy tuck are permanent, it’s up to you to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your abdominal area as contoured as it was right out of surgery.

Contact Runnels and North Outpatient Plastic Surgery Center

At Runnels and North Outpatient and Plastic Surgery Center, we’ll provide you with a seamless and successful abdominoplasty procedure. Our expert surgeons boast years of experience in the field and we proudly utilize state-of-the-art technology for the highest standard of service and unrivaled results in the Jackson area. Call us today to request a consultation.

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