You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) if you have loose or sagging abdominal skin frequently associated with abnormal relaxation of the abdominal muscles (common in women who have had multiple pregnancies or prior surgery). You may also be a candidate for tummy tuck if you are unable to tighten your abdominal skin with exercise or have excess skin or stretch marks.
An abdominoplasty is intended to give you a smoother, flatter stomach. It is a popular procedure in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area.
Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia in a surgery center or hospital as an outpatient procedure. There are a variety of different types of abdominoplasties that can be done. This will vary from patient to patient. Mini-abdominoplasties can sometimes be performed under sedation and local anesthesia.
Addresses the lower portion of the abdomen and has the shortest incision. Liposuction is usually performed in the upper and lower abdomen but skin is only removed from the lower abdomen.
Helps with the upper and lower abdomen and includes tightening of the muscles, removal of excess skin, and liposuction for contouring. The incision for this procedure is low and usually stays within the hip bones.
Addressees all the same things as standard abdominoplasty, but also removes additional excess skin of the flanks/hips region. This procedure is usually reserved for those that have had massive weight loss. This incision is the longest and extends beyond the hip bones and onto the hip (hidden in the bikini line).
Abdominoplasty can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and probably requires more time-consuming and limiting recovery. You will be encouraged to be moving and walking within one to two days. Light activity is comfortable in 3 to 5 days. Stationary bike and walking on a treadmill or outside is comfortable at 2 weeks and running, jogging and higher impact sports will not be comfortable for about 4 weeks.
Abdominoplasty is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks and the suitability of abdominoplasty for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally.
Major complications are rare. Find out more about this popular procedure in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area by calling Dr. Lynch.
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