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Tummy tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

For patients who experience a significant amount of excess skin in the abdominal region following a significant weight loss or following pregnancy, liposuction or a mini tummy tuck may not be the entire solution. Liposuction, while designed to remove fat from beneath the skin, does not tighten it. A mini tummy tuck only has power to tighten the lower most area of the abdomen; and In some cases, the extra skin present may be so significant that it will not be fully treated by a mini tummy tuck. In patients with this degree of skin excess, an abdominoplasty will be recommended. A tummy tuck can be used to tighten the skin and improve abdominal contour. During this procedure, plication sutures can be placed to improve laxity of the abdominal wall. The procedure is often performed in conjunction with liposuction surgery to offer the best results.

Tummy tuck surgery is well suited to be performed under general anesthesia in an accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. During the procedure, the redundant skin is removed using a transverse incision that is designed to hide within the underwear or a bikini. In patients with a cesarean section scar, this incision can be used to improve the appearance of the scar. Typically, lower abdominal stretch marks may be improved and skin laxity is corrected. In patients with extra skin only, an abdominoplasty may be all that is needed. As for those with excess fatty deposits, the surgery is combined with liposuction.  

Recovery following an abdominoplasty varies with each patient. However, most patients are able to resume most normal activities within two weeks after surgery. Elastic garments and massage are used to help control swelling after the surgery. The tummy tuck scar will undergo a period of maturation that typically lasts a year or more.

Thousands of tummy tuck surgeries are successfully performed each year. Even considering this fact, you should be aware of the potential risks and complications associated with tummy tuck surgery. Some of the common postoperative complications include temporary pain, bruising, swelling, soreness, or numbness in the abdominal skin for several weeks or several months. Uncommon problems that may result from tummy tuck surgery include infection and blood clots, poor healing with conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and the potential need for a second operation. Smoking is not allowed for four weeks prior to surgery and four weeks after surgery. Smoking will greatly increase the risk of wound healing problems and possible skin loss following abdominoplasty. Following Dr. McKane's advice during the healing process will lower your risk of certain complications.

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DR. BRICE W. MCKANE

Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

Office:  972-566-3939
Fax:      972-566-3999