Dr. Jeffrey Schreiber: Sometimes dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems. In such cases, a patient may wish to consider a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck is also helpful in treating a vertical separation of the abdominal muscles known as diastasis recti. Which can occur following pregnancy or weight loss.

Abdominoplasty surgery lasts about three and a half hours, depending on the desired look and the patient's unique physiology. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen in the bikini line.

The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue and excess skin is removed. The abdominal muscles are then tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and a well defined waistline.

Finally, the incision is closed and the skin is stitched back into place. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement for about 5-7 days in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.

Medication is prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure. Normal activities can generally be resumed within one week. With proper diet and exercise after a tummy tuck, the striking results of the surgery will be long lasting.

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Tummy Tuck Expectations and Real Results

Dr. Jeffrey Schreiber covers the ins and outs of a tummy tuck.