The "tummy tuck" procedure is used to remove excess fat and skin while tightening the underlying muscles, making your stomach appear firmer and flatter. For those self-conscious of skin permanently stretched due to weight loss, pregnancy or lower abdominal surgery, unsightly stretch marks or sagging skin, this procedure may be for you. The best results from abdominoplasty are achieved in healthy men and women over eighteen years of age who do not smoke, eat a healthy diet, and are already involved in a regular exercise program.
About the procedure
Dr. Carr removes excess skin, fat and stretch marks through incisions in the pubic and groin area. Every attempt is made to keep incisions discreetly within the swimsuit and undergarment line and dissolving stitches are used so there are none to remove afterwards. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. If necessary, a second incision is made around the navel. Soft flexible drains are placed under the skin to remove excess fluid that may accumulate. The procedure takes about four hours under a light general anaesthetic in our private, onsite surgical facility and you will be able to go home the same day. Liposuction may also be combined with this procedure to provide you with a more slim and contoured waistline.
What to expect during recovery
You will have some bruising and discomfort for the first seven to ten days and will be required to wear an inconspicuous compression garment under your clothing for several weeks to help control any postoperative swelling. Most patients take about two weeks off work and are able to resume strenuous activity after three to six weeks.
What you'll look like afterwards
Most patients are thrilled with the benefits of the tummy tuck procedure, including a flatter and better toned stomach, narrower waist, and smoother body contour. The abdomen is genuinely firmer, making clothing fit better, resulting in increased confidence and self esteem for our patients. With Dr. Carr's years of experience, you can feel safe and confident that the best results possible will be achieved.