According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction is the second most popular plastic surgery procedure in America. While the popularity of liposuction is no surprise, thanks to its proven ability to eliminate stubborn pockets of unwanted fat, the procedure simply isn’t right for everyone who wants to improve his or her figure.
Fluctuations in weight, aging and even heredity can cause changes in appearance that you might not expect. One such change that can occur in the upper arm results in a droopy, sagging, batwing-like appearance. Fitness may strengthen and improve underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.
If the underside of your upper arms has developed sagging, droopy skin, or appears loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you. In general, an arm lift reduces excess skin and underlying fat that occurs between underarm region in the elbow, reshaping the arm to result in smoother skin and more normal contours. An arm lift results in a more toned and proportionate appearance, enhancing your self-confidence and expanding your fashion choices. The trade-off to your improved image is a resulting scar on the inside of your upper arm.
Inner Arm Incision
Back of Arm Incision
Minimal Arm Lift Incision
This webpage presents an overview of arm lift, technically called brachioplasty. The best way to learn how an arm lift can help fulfill your personal goals is a consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of plastic surgery.
What is an arm lift?
An arm lift is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, and the underarm region to the elbow. This procedure is performed to:
- Reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward when arms are extended away from the body
- Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
In addition, any localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region may be reduced through brachioplasty, most commonly in conjunction with liposuction techniques.
The conditions treated with an arm lift may develop in both men and women, most often due to a loss of elasticity in the skin and underlying tissue of the upper arm. This may be the result of significant weight loss and skin that has been so stretched it loses the ability to retract. Conditions may also result from the natural changes that occur with aging, heredity or a combination of these conditions.
An arm lift cannot correct weakened muscles of the upper arm; in fact, many individuals who seek surgery are relatively fit individuals who are bothered by a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise. In general, good candidates for an arm lift are:
- Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what an arm lift can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle of proper nutrition and fitness
Where do I begin for an Arm Lift?
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how and what can help you achieve a smoother and more normal contour of the arm. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about brachioplasty in a non-pressured environment, and it will include:
- A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of the individual case
- The options available for an arm lift
- The likely outcomes of brachioplasty and any associated risks or potential complications
- The course of treatment recommended by your plastic surgeon
Evaluation for Arm Lift Surgery
Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of arm lift surgery. These will be carefully evaluated in a consultation with your plastic surgeon. The success of your procedure, safety, and overall satisfaction require that you:
- Honestly share your expectations
- Fully disclose health history, current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Commit to following all of your plastic surgeon’s instructions precisely
Your Arm Lift
An arm lift is a safe and satisfying procedure that can greatly improve the appearance of your upper arm. The procedure begins with an incision placed in the inside of the upper arm. The incision may extend from the underarm to the elbow or be more limited in length. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the preferences and surgical judgment of your plastic surgeon.
If fat will be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction techniques. The underlying supportive tissues are tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Overlying skin is then smoothed over the new contour of your arm, with excess skin reduced. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following your arm lift.
The trade-off to an improved body contour and image through an arm lift is a resulting scar on the inside portion of your upper arm. In addition, uneven contours can develop in the arm after surgery. In some cases, skin elasticity is so poor that relapse of the skin is possible.
Preparing for Surgery
Your plastic surgeon will carefully explain the technique for your arm lift. Prior to any surgery, you will be given specific instructions that may include:
- Pre-surgical considerations, diagnostic testing and medications
- Day-of-surgery instructions and medications
- Specific information related to the use of anesthesia
- Postoperative care and follow up
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure your plastic surgeon that you full understand the procedure or procedures you will undergo and any associated risks and potential complications.
Possible risks of an arm lift include bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, delayed or poor healing, skin loss, blood clots, excessive or widened scars, numbness and other changes in skin sensation and irregular or asymmetric contour or scars. Any surgery carries risks associated with anesthesia. These risks and others will be fully disclosed prior to your consent.
It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon. It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether excitement for the anticipated outcomes or preoperative stress. Discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
What to Expect
Brachioplasty may be performed in your surgeon’s accredited office-based surgical facility, an ambulatory surgical facility or a hospital, possibly with an overnight hospital stay. Procedures are most commonly performed under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia with sedation may be used. These decisions will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon preference.
Following Your Arm Lift Surgery
Once your arm lift is completed, dressing or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage to minimize swelling and to support your new contours as you heal. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect. Before you are released following surgery, you and an accompanying responsible family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site and drains
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
- When to follow-up with your plastic surgeon
Arm Lift Progress and Recovery
Following your arm lift, your arms will be swollen and bruised, and you will experience some discomfort. Discomfort is common and can be controlled with medication. You will be instructed to keep your arms elevated for several days following surgery and return to light walking as soon as possible to minimize the potential for blood clots and other complications.
You will also be instructed to avoid lifting or bearing any weight on your arms for several days to weeks. Your surgeon may also advise you to limit your range of motion until internal healing is complete. You will be ready to return to work and light, normal activities within a few days, as long as you do not engage in any lifting or vigorous exercise. Follow all instructions carefully – this is essential to the success of your outcome.
Your incisions will heal within 7 to 14 days, after which time sutures will be removed, if necessary. Additional healing will continue for many weeks as swelling resolves and incision lines continue to improve. Numbness and a firm feeling over the skin’s surface will resolve over time. You must practice diligent sun protection until the healing process is fully completed or skin in the treated area may develop irregular pigmentation and scars may become raised, red or dark. It may take a year or more following a given procedure for incision lines to refine and fade to some degree. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
Arm Lift Results and Outlook
The dramatic improvement in arm contour following arm lift surgery can greatly enhance your body image. A smooth, toned arm that matches your body image and personal goals does, however, come with visible scars. This is a fair trade-off to achieving a body contour that matches your body weight and proportion.
The results of arm lift will be long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness.
A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and, in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you.
Medial Thigh Lift
Outer Thigh Lift
Is a Thigh Lift Right For Me?
Candidates for Thigh Lift Surgery Have:
- Body weight that is relatively stable
- Excess tissue along the inner (medial) thigh and/or the outer thigh
- No medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Positive outlook and realistic goals for thigh lift surgery
- Commitment to a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and fitness
What it won’t do: Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for treating excess fat. Liposuction alone can take care of excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
The Thigh Lift incision
Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference.
One common technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and redraped resulting in more proportionate and smoother body contours.
You may qualify for a minimal incision medial thigh lift which involves an incision only in the groin area. Your surgeon will determine what’s appropriate. Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip.
Through these incisions your plastic surgeon will tighten tissues for a smoother, better-toned lower body contour. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive. Deep support sutures within underlying tissues help to form the newly shaped contours. Sutures close the skin incisions.
Results of Thigh Lift Surgery
The smoother tighter contouring that results from a thigh lift is apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by some swelling and bruising. You may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your procedure to minimize swelling and support the tissues as they heal.
Following a thigh lift, skin quality is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.
The decision to have thigh lift surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.
Your Thigh LIft Recovery
When your procedure is completed, dressing or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your new contours as you heal. One or more small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect.
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Following your plastic surgeon’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
A well-toned body with smooth contours is often a sign of fitness achieved by healthy diet and exercise. But exercise cannot always achieve results for individuals who have loose, sagging skin, often associated with losing weight.
If you desire a firmer, more youthful looking body contour, then plastic surgery may help achieve your goals. Think of both the front and back of the torso. To address the front, individuals will have either a tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, or will have a panniculectomy. There are also body contouring procedures to address excess, loose, wrinkled, sagging skin at the buttocks and across the back.
These go by a variety of names such as a buttock lift, belt lipectomy, or lower body lift, but the goal, no matter what the name, is to reduce the excess unwanted skin in the vicinity of the upper buttocks. Individuals who have lost a great deal of weight, in particular, may be candidates for these procedures on the back of the torso. The best way to learn how body contouring can help fulfill your personal goals is a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
A circumferential incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat and repositions and tightens tissues.
A complete lower body lift treats the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs in one procedure.
What are lower body lifts (buttock lift, belt lipectomy)?
These procedures target excess loose and sagging skin and correct irregular contours of the body. They can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface.
Body lifts are not intended only for the removal of excess fat since they target skin in addition to the underlying fat. Liposuction alone can greatly minimize excess fat deposits, leaving skin behind, where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours (*).
Body lifting procedures may be appropriate for individuals who are of stable weight that is reasonably proportionate to their height and body frame. Since pregnancy may diminish results, childbearing women, ideally, should be through with childbearing. Body lift procedures may be performed on adults of any age who have realistic goals in mind for improvement of their body contour.
Good candidates are:
- Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness, typically from losing a great deal of weight
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
Where do I begin?
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how body lifting procedures can improve your body contours. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about your body lift in a non-pressured environment, and will include:
- A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
- The options available in body lift surgery
- The likely outcomes of body lifting procedures and any risks or potential complications
- The course of treatment recommended by your plastic surgeon
Your Body Lift (buttock lift, belt lipectomy)
- Your lower body lift will be individualized to your specific conditions and the regions to be treated.
Body lifts are surgical procedures and they require incisions. Most often, incisions are lengthy. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of skin to be removed, as well as personal preference and surgical judgment. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits.
Not all surgeries someone desires after losing a great deal of weight are done at the same time. Usually they are performed in a few,separate surgical procedures, so patients decide what feels important to them to address first. Not all people are good candidates for combined procedures, but some surgeries, like a panniculectomy and a lower body lift, are often combined because they are nicely designed together. Your case will be evaluated on an individual basis.
How is a Lower Body Lift Performed?
The details of your procedure will be discussed at length during your consultation with your Minnesota plastic surgeon.
Your plastic surgeon marks you prior to surgery to design the best plan, which is often coordinated with either a tummy tuck or panniculectomy, depending on the circumstances. Surgery is done under general anesthesia. After receiving your anesthetic, you are positioned carefully on your abdomen, so the surgical care at the buttocks and back can be completed. Following this, you are positioned on your back to complete your care at the abdomen, as planned. One or more small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect. Dressings and an abdominal binder which gently supports you are applied.
Before you are released following surgery, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site and drains
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in the overall health
- When to follow-up with your plastic surgeon
Progress and Healing
Your plastic surgeon may instruct you to avoid bending over and stressing any internal sutures on the upper buttocks as incisions heal. Follow all instructions carefully – this is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within 2-3 weeks following surgery.
Initial wound healing may take up to a few weeks. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity in a few weeks, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise.
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates and incision lines continue to improve.
When will I notice my lower body lift results?
The results of a lower body lift are visible almost immediately, however it will take several months for your final results to fully develop. Numbness and a firm feeling over the skin’s surface will improve over time. It may take a year or more for incisions lines to refine and fade to some degree. These lines can usually be hidden by most clothing and swimsuits.
Your new uplifted body contours should be long lasting provided that you maintain your weight and general fitness. With time, it is natural to lose some tightness of your result, although you will continue to see a significant improvement from your preoperative contour.
Trying to lose stubborn fat can be extremely frustrating for both men and women. Despite healthy diet and exercise habits, there are often one or two areas of the body where the fat just won’t come off. Men and women who would like to refine the shape and curves of their body may benefit from a liposuction procedure at Midsota Plastic Surgeons.
Liposuction at First Glance
Ages: Age varies+
Surgery Time: 2-3 hours
Recovery Time: 3-5 days
Is liposuction for me?
Liposuction can be an effective fat reduction procedure for healthy men and women looking to treat specific areas of their bodies. It is not a weight loss procedure or an answer to obesity. Liposuction is best when paired with healthy lifestyle habits.
Stubborn fat can often linger around certain areas of the body, and it is different for everyone. While you can often burn fat and lose weight by exercising regularly and eating right, some areas of subcutaneous fat (fat just beneath the skin) may become resistant to your efforts.
Liposuction is effective in treating these areas of stubborn fat:
- Bra area
- Face, neck and chin
- Hips, flanks or love handles
During your consultation, your Midsota plastic surgeon will listen carefully to your expectations to determine the best liposuction procedure plan for achieving your desired outcome.
What are the benefits of liposuction surgery?
Liposuction provides patients with a beautiful slimming of the body’s contours that appears completely natural. Our plastic surgeons are trained in providing fat loss results for men and women that accentuate their own natural beauty. The positive results of liposuction often inspire patients to continue living a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain their new bodies.
How is liposuction performed?
The details of your liposuction procedure will be covered during your consultation with your Midsota plastic surgeon. This discussion will include the areas to be treated as well as how much fat will be removed.
Depending on the size and location of your treatment area, your liposuction procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia. A small incision is made in the skin near the target area of stubborn fat. Your Midsota plastic surgeon will then insert a thin tube (cannula) through the skin and into the underlying layer of fat. This tube is connected to a surgical vacuum at the other end to help remove excess fat. Your surgeon will then carefully maneuver the cannula to break up the fat cells so they are easily eliminated from your body. Once your desired shape is achieved, your incisions are closed and any necessary dressings and garments will be placed.
How long does liposuction surgery take?
The duration of your liposuction procedure will vary greatly based on the location of your treatment and the amount of excess fat being removed. Most liposuction procedures at Midsota Plastic Surgeons are performed in 2-3 hours.
How long is liposuction recovery?
Your recovery period will also depend on the treatment site and the amount of excess fat that was removed. You may be provided with a special compression garment to help with initial healing and to minimize swelling. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days after their surgery.
When will I notice the results of my liposuction procedure?
You should notice a change in the shape and size of your treated area almost immediately. There may be some post-surgical bruising or swelling which may cause you to feel more bloated. However, as your body continues to heal, you will notice well-refined contours where your liposuction was performed. Incisions will fade away almost completely as they are smaller and generally located where they can be easily hidden.
How long will my liposuction results last?
Sticking to healthy diet and exercise habits can help you maintain the results of your liposuction procedure for many years to come. Fat will not return to the treated area if you take good care of your body.
Our patients are often thrilled with the changes to their bodies and can’t wait to try on new outfits. Liposuction can be a positive life-changing procedure and can provide men and women with a boost in self-confidence.
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Excess Skin & Fat Removal
A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure performed to provide functional benefits for men and women who have an overhanging area of excess abdominal skin and fat as a result of extreme weight loss and sometimes pregnancy. While often confused with a tummy tuck, the panniculectomy is often performed after weight loss following bariatric surgery, particularly to reduce large areas of skin-on-skin contact and persistent rashes. It may be covered by insurance. Coverage guidelines depend on the health insurer. Our Midsota plastic surgeons are trained in safely reducing large amounts of excess skin and subcutaneous fat through panniculectomy surgery.
Panniculectomy at First Glance
Ages: Age varies; Most common after massive weight loss
Return to Work: 2 weeks
Surgery Time: 2-5 hours
Recovery Time: 2 weeks
Off Restrictions: 4 weeks
Is a panniculectomy for me?
Undergoing bariatric surgery to lose a large amount of weight can provide several health benefits. However, once the fat is lost, patients will often be left with large amounts of excess skin hanging loose around the abdomen. While a tummy tuck is effective in restoring the shape and tone of the midsection following pregnancy and weight loss, a panniculectomy may be covered by health insurance, which is appealing, and is best for patients with a large overhang of excess skin (panniculus) and fat along their lower abdomen. If you are considered a candidate for a lower body lift as well, the two procedures can be advantageously designed together and performed in a single surgical setting.
What are the benefits of a panniculectomy?
Aside from reducing large amounts of excess skin and subcutaneous fat, a panniculectomy also provides the patient with several functional benefits as well. Men and women experiencing skin irritations, skin erosion, or difficulty performing usual activities due to the panniculus can dramatically improve their comfort and quality of life with a panniculectomy (*).
How is a panniculectomy performed?The details of your panniculectomy procedure will be discussed during your consultation with your Midsota plastic surgeon.
Your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia. The incision pattern of the panniculectomy is much like that of a tummy tuck, running horizontally from hipbone to hipbone between your belly button and pubic area. Because a panniculectomy is a functional—and not a cosmetic—procedure, it consists of the removal of the panniculus (the overhanging skin and subcutaneous fat), but does not focus on repairing the abdominal muscles or refining the entire midsection as a tummy tuck does. Once the panniculus is removed, your incisions are closed, and dressings and a comfortable compression garment are applied.
How long does panniculectomy surgery take?
Your panniculectomy at Midsota Plastic Surgeons will last between two and four hours. This will depend on the amount of excess skin and fat being removed.
How long is panniculectomy recovery?
The recovery period after your panniculectomy will depend on the individual. A compression garment in the form of an abdominal binder or a shapewear garment of your choosing will need to be worn for about six weeks in order to promote successful healing of the skin.
Most people return to work about two weeks after a panniculectomy. Results may vary by patients , but normally after six weeks, you should begin feeling back to normal and can enjoy full use of your newly-shaped body.
When will I notice the results of my panniculectomy?
The changes in the shape and size of your body will be immediately noticeable following your surgery. However, it will take time for the swelling to go down.
How long will my panniculectomy results last?
It is important to continue healthy diet and exercise habits to maintain the slimmer shape of your body.
Men and women commonly experience several health benefits and a boost in self-confidence following panniculectomy. This procedure is often one of the first surgical body contouring steps chosen in the transformation to a slim body and healthy lifestyle for someone who has lost a great deal of weight (*). Depending on the assessment of your surgeon, a lower body lift may be performed at the same time as a panniculectomy. Later, you may choose to proceed with other body contouring surgeries as well such as arm lift, thigh lift or breast lift.
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Read below to see if a tummy tuck is for you. Loose, hanging skin should not get in the way of positive achievements such as losing a large amount of weight or having a child. Unfortunately, this is a common problem and is not easily resolved in the kitchen or the gym. Our Midsota plastic surgeons are expertly trained in performing tummy tuck surgery to effectively flatten the midsection for a slimmer shape and firm contours.
Tummy Tuck at First Glance
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Ages: Most common for 30+
Return to Work: 2 weeks
Surgery Time: 2 hours
Recovery Time: 2-4 weeks
Off Restrictions: 4-6 weeks
Is a Tummy Tuck for Me?
The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an extremely popular procedure among mothers seeking to regain their pre-pregnancy midsection, as well as men and women who have lost a considerable amount of weight. When the abdomen is stretched–whether by weight gain or pregnancy–skin will often lose elasticity, abdominal muscles loosen and are stretched, and unwanted fullness is left behind. These issues cannot always be fully repaired with diet and exercise alone and will often require special body contouring procedures, such as the tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck can also be effective for those experiencing loose or sagging abdominal skin as a result of the natural aging process.
Though a tummy tuck is not intended for the removal of excess fat from other areas, your Midsota plastic surgeon can perform your procedure in combination with liposuction of the abdomen or hips . Combining these two surgeries can help to provide you with more appealing contours and more natural-looking results.
What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
Patients who undergo a tummy tuck may experience several benefits, such as:
- Removal of loose, excess abdominal skin
- Repositioning of displaced, spread abdominal muscles
- Restoration of pre-baby body
- Removal of excess fat at the abdomen
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
The details of your tummy tuck procedure will be discussed at length during your consultation with your Midsota plastic surgeon.
Your tummy tuck will be performed under general anesthesia. A gently curving horizontal incision will be made several inches below your belly button, extending from near one hipbone to the other. A second incision around the belly button is typically necessary to allow skin not removed to be redraped across the abdomen. Once the incision is made, your doctor will work to repair the underlying abdominal muscles to provide a firmer, stronger foundation. The skin is then redraped over your abdomen, and any excess is removed in order to allow for a natural-looking shape. A drain may be placed. Your incisions are closed. Excess fat can be removed from other areas using liposuction if that is chosen in addition to abdominoplasty. Dressings and an abdominal binder which gently supports you are applied.
How Long Does a Tummy Tuck Take?
Your tummy tuck at Midsota Plastic Surgeons will take about two to three hours to complete. This will vary depending on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
How Long is the Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?
You will need to wear a compression garment, such as your abdominal binder or a shapewear garment of your choosing for the first six weeks of recovery, but most people choose to wear it longer for comfort. This will help to minimize swelling and will assist with proper healing of the skin to your body’s new contours. Most of the swelling should diminish within 6-8 weeks (*), and your scar will continue to fade over time. While there will be some light scarring, patients often prefer this to the excess skin. Many people return to work with restrictions about 2 weeks after surgery and can exercise within the second month.
When Will I Notice My Tummy Tuck Results?
The results of your tummy tuck will be noticeable immediately after your surgery. However, it will take 6-8 weeks for most of the post-surgical swelling to go down. Women and men who undergo a tummy tuck are often thrilled with their results and can’t wait to try on new clothes.
How Long Will my Tummy Tuck Results Last?
The results of your tummy tuck can be maintained with ongoing diet and exercise. Becoming pregnant after a tummy tuck, however, can undo some of your results. Most women don’t have a tummy tuck until after having their last child.