Abdominoplasty, commonly known as tummy tuck, can dramatically reshape the appearance and profile of the stomach by tightening muscles while removing excess skin and some fat. The procedure is especially popular with women whose abdominal muscles separated or lost integrity during pregnancy, and adults who have seen dramatic reductions in overall body weight.
Tummy tuck helps patients reclaim a taut, fit stomach, but it is not a shortcut to weight loss. In fact, Dr. Funt advises that patients not be significantly overweight before the procedure is performed. Lifestyle modification, including regular exercise, restricting caloric intake and making healthy menu choices, are the recommended solutions for obesity, not tummy tuck
Will tummy tuck eliminate stretch marks?
Any improvement in stretch marks resulting from tummy tuck is incidental. Stretch marks are permanent indentations, and the only effective way to eliminate them is to remove the skin. Because tummy tuck involves excision of loose skin, some stretch marks may be removed along with the skin. This is generally skin in the lower abdomen. Skin in the upper or middle abdomen is stretched during tummy tuck but not usually removed. This tightening may moderately improve the appearance of existing stretch marks, but not erase the imperfections.
Will I feel pain after tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty is major surgery, during which skin is removed and muscles are repaired. Substantial healing is necessary, which generates pain and discomfort. To limit the pain, soreness and feelings of tightness, Dr. Funt injects Exparel into the abdomen during the surgery. Exparel is a time-release non-narcotic pain reliever that takes over the task of pain management once your general anesthesia has worn off.