Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a major surgery that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal area and tightens the abdominal muscles to give a flatter and firmer tummy. Women who have stretched abdominal muscles due to multiple pregnancies and men and women who have loose skin on their stomach after significant weight loss can greatly benefit from a tummy tuck. The board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sofonio, offers tummy tuck to residents of Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs, CA.
During the consultation, Dr. Sofonio will discuss the two options for a tummy tuck, as well as the procedures involved in each technique. The two types of tummy tucks are complete abdominoplasty, which is performed when extensive corrections are necessary and partial abdominoplasty, performed for minimal corrections. Patients are advised to inform Dr. Sofonio of their desired results to help him create an appropriate tummy tuck plan.
In a tummy tuck operation, incisions in the abdominal area are made to manipulate the abdominal skin and muscles. The operation is performed under general anesthesia and may take one to five hours depending on the degree of corrections. The patient may also be required to stay overnight in the hospital.
Pain and swelling will be felt days after the surgery, but can be handled with the help of painkillers. Dr. Sofonio will give wound care instructions, as well as instructions regarding proper sitting and lying positions to help lessen any pain. Patients need to rest at home for about one month after the procedure and must avoid strenuous activities to ensure proper wound healing and fast recovery.
A large percentage of patients who have had a tummy tucks are very pleased with the results of the operation. Their abdominal area has become flatter and firmer, and excess fat deposits are trimmed off. They must live a healthy lifestyle, however, to maintain their new look.
Dr. Mark V. Sofonio