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Tummy Tuck surgery FAQs

If you have loose skin or stretched abdominal muscles as a result of extreme weight loss or pregnancy, then you may be the perfect candidate for a tummy tuck. There are enormous benefits to be gained from having a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) done. Many people find that being able to achieve the toned tummy they have always desired is a wonderful way to jump start a program of healthy diet and exercise. Here are a few tummy tuck FAQs.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the removal of excess fat from the abdominal region, as well as the tightening of the underlying muscles.  It is primarily done to flatten and tone the belly and is often requested by women who are trying to restore their figure after pregnancy and are unable to do so with diet and exercise alone.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

If you have loose skin over the waistline and fat around the abdomen, then a tummy tuck may be right for you.  Before contemplating surgery you should consult with your physician to make certain that you are in overall good health. It is also important to ensure that have a pre-existing condition that would heighten the risk of surgery.

How is tummy tuck surgery performed?

A tummy tuck is usually done under general anesthesia in an outpatient facility. The incision is typically made across the lower abdomen just above the pubic area. It is usually well placed so that it is not visible in a bikini bottom. The surgeon will proceed to remove excess fat and then tighten the underlying muscles.

What should I expect after surgery?

Patients should expect a lengthy downtime of about 3 weeks, but they are encouraged to take short walks for a few minutes each day to remain active.

If you have more questions about tummy tuck surgery, then contact Dr. Tenley Lawton in Newport Beach, today!

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