Pregnancies, weight gain and weight loss and repeated stretching and scarring takes a tremendous toll on a woman’s figure, especially in the stomach area. A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles producing a flatter, firmer, tighter abdomen and a thinner waist. The procedure involves an incision across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area and beneath the bikini line. An incision is also made around the belly button. The skin and fat between the pubic area and the belly button is usually removed and the loose tissue from above is pulled down and to the center. Also, the muscles are tightened, providing a stronger abdominal wall and reducing the waist size. A new opening is made for the belly button at the proper position. A firm elastic dressing is placed over the area and medication is given for soreness and discomfort. Patients are up and around in a day or two and standing up straight by one week but should avoid over activity and straining for 3 to 4 weeks. By removing the sagging, excess skin and accumulated fatty tissues, patients immediately enjoy a flatter, firmer abdomen and thinner waist. Scars will fade over time and by 3 to 6 months should be flatter and lighter.
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