Spectrum Plastic Surgery

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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)


Also known as the tummy tuck procedure, an abdominoplasty is a surgery that works to remove excess tissue and make the area around your abdomen firmer and more appealing.

Causes of a Sagging Stomach

There are various factors that can lead to the accumulation of fatty deposits and skin in the abdominal region. Someone who was once obese could find that even after they have lost a lot of weight, the area around their abdomen is sagging.

Similarly, many women, often those who have experienced multiple pregnancies, will notice that the area around their navel has lost much of its shape, especially due to the extension and retraction of the muscles and the skin in that area.

It is generally recommended that diet and exercise should be the solutions to this problem. But these options may not always be right or effective for patients. Whether it be because the loose skin and stubborn fat simply will not go away with diet and exercise, many people choose abdominoplasty.

Scheduling an Abdominoplasty Consultation

Contact our office by calling (480) 948-8400 to arrange an informative consultation with our physicians. Make sure to discuss in detail your expectations and desired results in order to give our physicians a comprehensive understanding of your requirements.


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Ideal Candidates

Not everyone is suited for abdominoplasty. If you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant any time soon, then it is ideal to wait until after the birth of the baby. A pregnancy alters the muscle and skin around the navel to adjust for a developing baby, and this could make the results of an abdominoplasty redundant.

Similarly, if you smoke, drink, or use drugs, these must be stopped before the surgery. The ideal patient is someone who is healthy and follows a good diet but for various reasons has been unable to obtain that ideal lean stomach.

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The Abdominoplasty Procedure

It is important to remember that an abdominoplasty is very different from liposuction. While liposuction removes excess fat in numerous regions of the body as needed, the abdominoplasty focuses specifically on the abdomen. It can involve removal of excess fat, but it is also used to remove excess skin, tighten drooping muscles, and sometimes remove stretch marks.

The Healing Process

Both the variations of abdominoplasty can be handled on an outpatient basis, but for the full procedure, it is better to have someone assist you for the first few days. You will have a degree of bruising and swelling in the area, and to help these ameliorate, you will need to wear a post-surgical garment for a time.

It will be necessary to take some time off of work to recover. After a time, it will be easier to get back into your normal schedule and everyday tasks. You will need to avoid any strenuous tasks for a period of at least four weeks.


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