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Dr. Edgar Zambrano DO, Cosmetic & General Surgery
Dr. Edgar Zambrano DO,Cosmetic & General Surgery

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty, also known as Tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess skin from the abdomen and, at the same time, tighten the abdominal muscles.  Tummy Tuck is indicated for patients with excess skin around their abdomen.  Weight gain can sometimes cause the skin and underlining muscles to stretch and not return to their former shape after the weight is lost. The tummy tuck is a common procedure to restore a more youthful shape.

 

Candidate for Tummy Tuck:

Candidates for tummy tucks are those who have extra skin or abdominal wall muscle weakness.  Tummy Tuck is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise.  Tummy tuck can help men and women enhance their abdominal appearance. 

 

Procedure:

The tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient surgery.  The procedure is done under general anesthesia.  Dr. Zambrano will make an incision on the belly button and at the bikini line.   The excess skin is then pulled down and then removed.  The muscles are tightened and the skin is carefully reapproximated in several layers. 

 

Risk & Complications:

Complications associated with Tummy tuck include;

  • Initial obscurity from swelling and inability to stand
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor healing
  • Skin loss
  • Skin discoloration
  • Separation of wound

A tummy tuck surgery is very involved and we ask our patients to start movement shortly after surgery even if it's uncomfortable.  We asked our patients to stop smoking four-to-six weeks before and after surgery to minimize wound complications.

 

 

 

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