Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is one of the most commonly performed procedures today. It is not a substitute for diet and exercise. However, often diet and exercise alone cannot lead to the most elegant abdomen. On occasion, in very young patients with a normal BMI, liposuction alone will suffice. The vast majority of patients, especially women, benefit from some form of surgery. This can entail a modified abdominoplasty which addresses mostly the lower abdomen, or a full abdominoplasty with or without concomitant liposuction.
The surgery is performed under a general anesthetic, and the patient is kept overnight for safety purposes. A garment is worn for 3 weeks, and a gradual return to exercise starts at three weeks. There are no restrictions after 6 weeks. The office provides a complete instruction guide about when to resume activities and we are a telephone call away if there are questions not covered by our instruction sheets.