November 30th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD
When diet and exercise won’t get rid of excess body fat around the abdomen and the elasticity of the skin has deteriorated with age and physical changes such as weight gain and weight loss, then an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck may be the answer.
The term “tummy tuck” may sound like a quick or simple procedure, it is not. It is considered major surgery. The incision generally goes from hip to hip and recovery is about 4 weeks. The scar can take from 9 months to a year to lighten in color and flatten out
A good candidate is one who is in good general health, is at a stable weight, does not smoke and has realistic expectations.
A tummy tuck should not be used as a weight loss plan, but more for someone who is at a stable weight needing removal of excess fat and loose skin. If you plan to lose weight or get pregnant, you need to wait for a tummy tuck.
San Francisco Bay Area patients should arrange for a ride home after surgery and will need assistance for a few days.
Risks are much the same as with any surgical procedure, including; bleeding, infection, blood clots and risk of anesthesia. Dr. Delgado has a team of licensed and credentialed professionals and with his accredited Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, risks are minimized making the tummy tuck procedure very safe.