Do You Have an Unwanted Belly Bulge That Just Won’t Respond to Diet or Exercise?

Choose Abdominoplasty Surgery at LPS for a More Sculpted Midsection!

Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a tummy tuck, is a major surgical procedure that’s designed to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. If you’re considering abdominoplasty, this guide will give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect.

How Do Tummy Tucks

Complete abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial abdominoplasty may take an hour or two. Your doctor may select general anesthesia, so you’ll sleep through the operation. Other surgeons use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You’ll be awake but relaxed, and your abdominal region will be insensitive to pain.

Thousands of abdominoplasties are performed successfully each year. Many surgeons perform both partial and complete abdominoplasties in an outpatient surgical center or an office-based facility. When done by a qualified plastic surgeon who is trained in body contouring, the results are generally quite positive.

Consultations Available Now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for you by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff at Longwood Plastic Surgery for an in-person consultation.

Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for an

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal through diet and exercise alone. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.

Patients who have lost significant weight, whether through lifestyle changes or weight-loss surgery, may be good candidates for this surgery. You should be well within your desired weight before considering tummy tuck procedures. Finally, women who are planning future pregnancies may not be suitable candidates for abdominoplasty.

In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully assess your skin tone. Be sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. Smokers should be advised to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.

What Results Will I See?*

Abdominoplasty, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. Most men and women are able to see immediate improvement with more visible results as post-surgical swelling subsides over several weeks to several months. And in most cases, the results are long-lasting with healthy lifestyle habits.

What is the Recovery Like?*

For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalized for two to three days. It may take you weeks or months to feel like your old self again. Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate.

You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity. Expect it to take nine months to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in color.

Take the First Step – Request A Consultation

If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (617)383-6250 and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Longwood Plastic Surgery will reach out to you promptly.

Longwood Plastic Surgery serves Brookline, MA and the greater Boston area.

*Individual Results May Vary


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*Individual Results May Vary