known more commonly as a "tummy tuck," is a surgical procedure to
remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to
tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
of Waterbury Connecticut has found this procedure can dramatically
improve the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
candidates for a tummy tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women
who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat
deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or
exercise. The 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. Loss of skin
elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight
obesity, can also be improved.
If you feel that you desire to have a flatter abdomen
and desire to look more attractive in your slacks and form-fitting
clothes then a Tummy Tuck may be the procedure for you.
will meet with you in a personalized private consultation to
determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Please
contact our Waterbury office to set up an appointment to meet with
Complete tummy tuck surgery usually take two to five
hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial tummy tucks
may take an hour or two.
will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the
pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from
surrounding tissue. With a mini tummy tuck, the incision is shorter
and the navel is not moved, however, excess skin above the navel is
The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra
skin is removed. A new hole is cut for navel, which is then stitched
in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressing will be
applied, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid
from the surgical site.
It does produce a permanent scar which, depending on
the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to
correct it, can extend from hip to hip.
For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be
swollen and you're likely to feel some pain and discomfort, which
can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the
surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to
remain hospitalized for two to three days.
will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressing.
And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you
should start walking as soon as possible.
Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven
days, and deeper sutures, with ends that protrude through the skin,
will come out in two to three weeks. A support garment may replace
the dressing on your incision.
It may take you weeks or months to feel like your old
self again. If your start out in top physical condition, with strong
abdominal muscles, recovery from a tummy tuck will be much faster.
Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three
or four weeks to rest and recuperate.
will help your heal better. Even people who have never exercised
before should begin an exercise program to reduce swelling, lower
the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles. Vigorous exercise,
however, should be avoided until you can do it comfortably.
Your new look
Tummy tucks, whether partial or complete, produce
excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or
excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long lasting, if you
follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
If you feel this procedure could enhance your look,
please call our office at
to schedule your personalized consultation. Let
help you look your best starting now!
Connecticut (CT) conveniently near from
Hartford, CT and the
New York Area.