Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

By Dr. Suzanne Yee on November 24, 2009

Hello, I just wanted to take a minute to talk to you about Abdominoplasty, or "Tummy Tuck".  It seems strange that two of the most rewarding walks of life, carrying a child and weight loss, can leave you with such an unsightly feature.....a sagging tummy.   As we age, our skin looses elasticity and has a hard time recovering from these events.  For most people, diet and exercise will not reduce the excess skin and surgery is the most beneficial solution. Abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure that usually takes about 4 hours.  During the surgery, an incision is made horizontally along the lower abdomen.  After the incision is made, the doctor  will remove excess fat by Lipo.  Then, the upper and lower abdominal muscles will be tightened to help firm and flatten the abdomen.  After the fat is removed and the muscles are tightened, the excess skin is removed and the incision is closed with sutures. As with all patients, recovery time varies from person to person.  During the first couple of days, it will help the healing process if you get up  and move around without standing up straight.  In about one week, you will have your drainage tubes and stitches removed and most of your swelling and bruising will subside.   Most patients will go back to work in 1-2 weeks.   In 4 to 6 weeks, you should be able to return to normal activity pending on my recommendations. Abdominoplasty brings your stretched body back to it's normal shape and lets you wear clothes you weren't able to wear before, creating a whole new silhouette and a whole new you! Please visit our photo blog to see before and after photos. Call our office 501-224-1044 for your consultation! I look forward to seeing you!

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Dr. Suzanne Yee

Suzanne Yee, MD

Dr. Suzanne Yee is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Little Rock, AR, who offers a wide variety of surgical and non-invasive treatments. Dr. Yee is affiliated with several prestigious organizations. Her memberships include:

  • Fellow of American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Fellow of American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Fellow of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

To schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art surgical center, please contact us online or call (501) 224-1044.

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