Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

For most people, even those who regularly exercise and limit the intake of fats and sugars, the abdomen can be a difficult area to keep toned and flat. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that tightens the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fatty tissue.

Dr. Doherty, serving patients from Boston and surrounding areas performs abdominoplasties on patients who are otherwise healthy and are found to be good candidates for the procedure. An abdominoplasty may be right for you if you have:

  • Loose or weak abdominal muscles due to aging or pregnancy
  • Sagging or excess skin in the abdominal area
  • Fat in the lower abdomen that is unresponsive to exercise

As with breast lift, you should postpone an abdominoplasty if you are a female who plans to become pregnant in the future. Pregnancy after an abdominoplasty can stress the tightened muscles and likely cause a need for additional surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Doherty, be sure to mention any previous abdominal surgeries or cesarean sections that you have had. Scars from these operations might affect the success of your procedure, but they can often be incorporated into the surgical plan.

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The Abdominoplasty Procedure

The incision for an abdominoplasty is similar for most patients. Dr. Doherty will place a horizontal incision just above the pubic area (usually just above the pubic hair line). The length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed. The incisions for both men and women can be hidden within the area normally covered by a swimsuit or undergarments. Patients will be asked to bring in garments at their pre-operative visit to assist in incision planning.

In the operating room, Dr. Doherty brings together the loose muscles (Diastasis) and connective tissue and secures them in their new locations with stitches. Once the muscles are tight, Dr. Doherty can remove the excess skin from the abdomen. Liposuction is often combines with the abdominoplasty procedure to shape the flanks.

The completed abdominoplasty will give you a firm, toned-looking abdomen and a trim waistline.

Recovery after an Abdominoplasty

Most patients find that their abdominal muscles feel tight after an abdominoplasty procedure. It is important that patients make efforts to get out of bed and walk around in the days after surgery. This will improve circulation and help muscles to get used to their new positions.

Allow at least two weeks for bruising and swelling to improve. Patient should avoid lifting and bending for three or four weeks. After this time, patient’s body will have healed enough that they can resume most non-strenuous forms of activity and light exercise. During your initial consultation, you can tell Dr. Doherty about your lifestyle. He will be able to give you personalized recovery advice.

As the abdominoplasty healing process progresses, patients will notice a difference in how they look and how their clothes fit. Many patients find that a tummy tuck improves their self-esteem and makes them feel less self-conscious about their appearances.  Call his Boston (617)450.0070 or Concord (978)369.4499 office to learn more today.