A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove the excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. In addition the “pooch” caused by laxity of the abdominal muscles can be tightened at the same time as the removal of the excess skin. The procedure results in a flatter and trimmer abdomen.
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss. The procedure is considered to be permanent; however, frequent fluctuations in weight after a tummy tuck can reverse some of the positive effects of the procedure. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men and women who are in relatively good shape but have a fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that will not respond to diet or exercise. 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. Women who plan future pregnancies, should wait, as abdominal muscles that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy. Other good candidates are patients with who have lost abdominal skin elasticity. At your confidential consultation, Dr. Barber will discuss your particular situation, a plan to correct the excess skin and fat and tighten the loose muscles of your abdomen.
Length of Surgery
Typically this surgery is done under general anesthesia at an outpatient facility. The surgery takes about 2 to 3 hours to perform. Some patients will require an overnight stay while others can go home the same day as the surgery.
The average patient can return to work within 2-3 weeks and can resume unrestricted activity, such as exercise, within 6 weeks.
Before & After Photos
If you’re considering a tummy tuck please contact our office at 336-275-3430 or click here to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Barber today.