Tummy Tuck Ann Arbor
- Loose or sagging abdominal skin, often associated with weight loss or childbirth
- Inability to tighten the abdominal skin and muscles with exercise
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) results are a smoother, flatter abdomen
A tummy tuck procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, either in a hospital or an outpatient setting. However, not all patients are alike. Depending on your body, there are three different variations of a tummy tuck that require more or less extensive procedures with varying results and recovery. Below is a general idea of the standard procedural options:
- Mini-abdominoplasties are the less invasive option for those with loose skin from the belly button to the bikini line. The incision for this procedure is made just below the bikini line. The excess skin is then removed and the abdominal wall tightened. A Mini-abdominoplasty can be performed under sedation with local anesthesia.
- Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscle extending from the bottom of the chest to the top of the bikini line. An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone below the bikini line, then the excess skin is removed and muscles are tightened.
- Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdominal wall skin, muscle, and the flanks or sides. This procedure is for those with hanging skin not only around the stomach, but also at the lower back. It requires an incision that extends farther around the waist onto the flanks.
- In addition to abdominal muscle tightening, our plastic surgeons may also recommend a vertical wedge resection, or vertical extension, which pulls excess skin from the sides to create a more defined waist contour to match the vertical tightening of the abdominal skin. It is often performed in conjunction with the abdominoplasty to yield optimal results. It requires a vertical incision from the lower sternum to the lower abdominal incision.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result:
Recuperation And Healing
One or two days of hospitalization or skilled nursing care is usually required after a tummy tuck procedure. Most patients experience swelling and bruising for the first week, so it is important to allow yourself to rest in bed. You may need assistance from a loved one during this week of recovery as movements even to the bathroom or kitchen may provide some discomfort. Light activity is comfortable in 10 to 20 days and you can expect to return to work between two and three weeks depending on your recovery. Sports or heavy activity will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks. On-site therapeutic massage can increase tissue mobility, reduce swelling and enhance overall comfort.
Learn more about the recovery process following a procedure here.
Occasionally, if the tummy tuck procedure is being performed for medical reasons, it may be partially covered by insurance. Usually, the patient is responsible for payment. Surgery to correct diastasis recti, or separation of the abdominal muscles, is not covered by insurance but can be corrected as part of a cosmetic abdominoplasty.