Abdominoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
My children are all grown up now and my tummy does not look the same. It doesn't seem to matter how much Yoga or Pilates that I do, I can't tighten up my abs and I can't get rid of this extra skin. Am I ready for an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck surgery?
The skin on the lower abdomen becomes stretched beyond the capacity of the collagen and elastin fibers to recoil and stretch marks and extra skin persist despite rigorous diet and exercise.
Provided one is not planning to have more children, is healthy, and does not have any contraindications, she is ready for an abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. Women are usually very satisfied with the results of a tummy tuck surgery.
One of my friends had a tummy tuck surgery and she was up and walking the next day. My other friend who had an abdominoplasty procedure was a little slower to recover. What will my abdominoplasty recovery time be?
Traditionally, I prefer all patients to walk the night of surgery and every day after that. I tell all patients to allow 4-6 weeks for full recovery until they can be back at the gym.
What is the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck? How do I know which one I will need?
A full tummy tuck is for patients with a significant amount of excess skin or both lower and upper abdominal fullness and requires a larger incision. Often, patients with significant abdominal laxity that require greater abdominal placation require a longer recovery time.
Dr. Dickinson will evaluate if your abdominal muscles require more tightening and recommend which abdominoplasty procedure is best for you.