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Abdominoplasty in Tampa
(Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty (ab-dom'-in-o-plas-tee), or "tummy tuck,"
is a surgical procedure that is used to remove the excess wrinkled skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen. Abdomen muscles can also be tightened during this procedure for a smoother and flatter stomach. If necessary, liposuction surgery is often combined with this procedure to achieve the desired result.

During the surgery, an incision is made across the lower part of the abdomen. The skin is lifted toward the rib cage, and the abdominal muscles are then tightened. After pulling the skin back down, the surgeon then removes any excess skin. A small opening is made, creating a new naval where the old one had been. The incision is then closed with sutures.

After the surgery, you should refrain from any strenuous activity for approximately three to four weeks. You will also be advised to wear an abdominal support for several weeks. You will feel some soreness, but your surgeon can prescribe medication to ease the discomfort.

Is abdominoplasty safe?

Abdominoplasty is usually a safe procedure; however, all surgeries carry uncertainty and risk. Qualified surgeons will reduce the risk by carefully choosing their patients and properly equipping the operating facility. Surgeons usually find that the best candidates are of relatively normal weight, but have deposits of excess fat in particular areas. Having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour as well. You, as the patient, can reduce the risk by choosing a physician that is well-trained in the liposuction procedure. Look for a surgeon who has been given privileges to perform the surgery at an accredited hospital. Also, follow his or her advice closely to further reduce any risk.

Abdominoplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis and usually involves only a brief period. The procedure is normally done under general anesthesia; however, in some instances can be done under local anesthesia.

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