Tummy Tuck FAQs

You never thought you’d want any kind of body contouring surgery. But now, your abdomen show signs of childbearing and significant weight loss. Can a tummy tuck be on the horizon? At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of Grand Rapids, your board-certified cosmetic and plastic surgeon, Dr. John Iacobucci, produces outstanding cosmetic results with each tummy tuck he performs. Read his answers to FAQs about tummy tuck surgeries so you can decide if this procedure is right for you.

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

What is a tummy tuck? Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is major surgery involving removal of excess abdominal fat and loose skin and tightening of lax musculature. It may be performed on an in-patient or out-patient basis and requires general anesthesia and significant recovery time.

Is abdominoplasty a common surgery? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, literally hundreds of thousands of tummy tuck surgeries happen in the United States each year, and the number is growing. It ranks second only to breast augmentation in frequency.

What happens during a tummy tuck? This two- to five-hour procedure takes place with benefit of general anesthesia. Using a hipbone to hipbone incision across the bikini line area of the abdomen, Dr. Iacobucci in Grand Rapids, MI, opens the skin and separates it from underlying tissue. He removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles as needed. After installing a drain, he closes the incision and adds a compression dressing.

Will I need medications after my surgery? Yes, Dr. Iacobucci will prescribe pain medication and also antibiotics to protect you against infection.

Is recovery long? Patients are encouraged to begin walking right away and to continue light physical activity as tolerated. Full recovery takes four to six weeks, and the abdominal scar fades over the course of several months.

Can I anticipate a flat tummy indefinitely? Tummy tucks produce long-lasting results. Just watch your weight, and you should enjoy your youthful profile for many years.

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At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of Grand Rapids, MI, Dr. John Iacobucci and his professional team offer a wide range of plastic surgery options which rejuvenate personal appearance and self-confidence. Count on their expertise and experience to deliver procedures appropriate for your lifestyle, age, and overall health. Call today to learn more about tummy tuck surgeries and how they could help you: (616) 974-0100.

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