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Some of the most common reasons people decide to get an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck operation, is to remove sagging skin or excess fat from their abdominal area. Tummy tuck surgery can also tone and tighten your abdominal muscles to make the midsection region look smoother. Pregnancy, especially multiple babies in one pregnancy and significant weight loss are two popular reasons that make people desire this type of cosmetic surgery.

The procedure begins with an incision above the pubic area, with an incision that extends from hipbone to hipbone. The skin is separated from the muscle, extending up to the ribs. In some cases, your Oakland surgeon will tighten your abdominal muscles as the skin is lifted. The belly button is cut loose, so it can be placed back in the correct spot. Your skin flap is then pulled down, tightened, and the excess skin is removed.

Abdominoplasty is not a treatment for weight loss or obesity. However, some weight loss may occur as excess fat and skin are removed during the tummy tuck procedure. Risks are involved with an abdominoplasty procedure, as is the case with any surgery. Problems may include infection, bleeding, numbness, swelling, pain, and scarring. Even skin loosening may occur, causing the need for surgical tough-ups.

In most cases, you will require just one overnight stay in a hospital, and recovery time takes a full four-weeks. The drains placed in your incision will need to be maintained during recovery, and you may need to wear an abdominal binder. About one-month post-surgery, you should be able to resume moderate exercise on your legs and upper body.

If you are considering if abdominoplasty is a good option for you, talk to Dr. Moulton-Barrett about the benefits of this cosmetic procedure.