WHAT IS ABDOMINOPLASTY?
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, removes excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat and tightens the muscles, flattening your belly and defining your waist.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN ABDOMINOPLASTY SURGERY?
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The tummy tuck procedure takes about two to five hours and is normally performed under general anesthesia but in some cases can be performed with local anesthesia and a sedative. An incision is made from hip to hip below the bikini line. Excess fat and skin are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECOVER?
Recovery can take anywhere from two weeks to a few months. It will depend on the extensiveness of your surgery, your overall health before surgery, and your body’s natural ability to heal.
ARE THE RESULTS PERMANENT?
The results are long-lasting. How long they last is up to you. A healthy diet and regular exercise will maintain the results of a tummy tuck. Pregnancy and weight fluctuations can reverse the results.
DOES ABDOMINOPLASTY LEAVE SCARS?
Yes, it leaves a scar from hip to hip, but our surgeons place the incision very low so that a bikini will hide it.
IS ABDOMINOPLASTY PAINFUL?
Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, and as with any major surgery, you should expect some pain. However, our surgeons at Gawley Plastic Surgery is dedicated to making your recovery as comfortable as possible. He will prescribe pain relievers as needed and also offers the On-Q pain pump system which delivers local anesthetic to the surgical area for several days after your operation.
IS A TUMMY TUCK A GOOD WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT?
No. A tummy tuck is not a replacement for diet and exercise and it is not a weight loss tool. It is a good way to get complete and beautiful results from your weight loss efforts. Patients who are in good physical shape and have achieved a stable weight often see the best results.
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Please contact Gawley Plastic Surgery, cosmetic surgeons in Scottsdale, today to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about how a tummy tuck in the Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona area, can help you achieve the beautiful shape you want and deserve.
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