Thomas G. Crabtree, MD, FACS | TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
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TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)

A tummy tuck, also know as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen to create a profile that is smoother, firmer and flatter.  It is not a weight loss solution, rather it is a contouring procedure to conquer the stubborn areas resistant to exercise and diet.  A tummy tuck procedure is often ideal for the following:

 

  • Women with stretched abdomens from multiple pregnancies
  • Prior surgery including c-section with overhanging tissue
  • Body shape and fat deposits from heredity
  • Significant prior weight loss

 

 

In the initial consultation, Dr. Crabtree will use the time to get to know you, learn about your expectations and discuss a plan to achieve your goals.  He will discuss the different variables of surgery and risks.  Prior to surgery you will have a good understanding of the procedure, plan and recovery.

Tummy Tuck Procedure:

 

  • Clinic Procedure or Operating Room: Operating Room
  • Hospital Status: Outpatient
  • Length of Surgery: 5 – 3 hours
  • Anesthesia: General Anesthesia performed under the care of a board certified Anesthesiologist
  • Post-Operative: A special garment may be worn for up to two weeks to help with swelling and recovery.  In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood and fluid.  Mild soreness, swelling, and bruising are all normal
  • Recovery Time: Return to normal daily routine in one week, two to three weeks avoiding strenuous activity and several months for scars to fully fade and normal sensation to return
  • Results: The results will be evident immediately but will continue to improve over the course of several weeks.