Full Tummy Tuck: Tightening and Reshaping the Muscles
A full tummy tuck surgery, or complete abdominoplasty, can correct and reposition the underlying muscles and eliminate the rolls, sagging, and excess skin. To begin the procedure, a horizontal incision is made from one hipbone to the other and the navel is detached. Once the skin has been pulled back, the tissue from the bottom of the ribcage down to the pelvic area is reshaped as needed. The skin is then stretched tightly over the newly contoured area, removing excess skin in the process. Finally, a new navel is cut to replace the original, displaced one. The incisions are then closed and the area is dressed with bandages and compression garments to minimize swelling. After the procedure, patients can look forward to a trimmer, more sculpted silhouette. A full tummy tuck procedure averages about 3-4 hours. In general, it is recommended that patients recover for 2 weeks before returning to work or doing any strenuous activity.
The full tummy tuck is not a solution for weight loss or a substitute for a proper diet and exercise. The procedure may benefit somebody who:
- Has an excess of localized fat or sagging skin in the abdominal area
- Has weakened or separated abdominal muscles
- Has a protruding, bulging abdomen
- Is generally healthy and have a stable weight
- Is not considering a pregnancy
- Has lost a significant amount of weight and has maintained it
With proper health maintenance, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, a full tummy tuck can give patients a long-lasting and satisfactory result.
Serious complications with a tummy tuck procedure are infrequent. However, as with any surgical procedure there are potential complications, including bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, and anesthesia risks. Before the procedure, a complete health history and some tests will be done to assess eligibility to undergo the procedure.
Dr. John Kotis, an IL board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in the Chicago and Arlington Heights area. Dr. Kotis performs full tummy tucks and mini tummy tucks at the Arlington Surgery Care Center. Contact us at 847-595-0164 if you would like to discuss whether a full tummy tuck can help you achieve a slimmer waistline!