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Your abdomen will be much flatter after tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), but no one can guarantee that it will be perfectly flat. In overweight patients, the excessive fat inside the abdominal cavity makes it impossible to completely flatten the abdomen. In patients who are height-weight proportionate, the abdominal wall can be maximally tightened.
Tummy tuck is frequently combined with breast surgery (augmentation, lift, reduction) and/or liposuction of the hips, “love handles,” and thighs. The results of combined procedures are often quite dramatic. These procedures may require an overnight stay in our surgery center. There is a safe limit to how much surgery can be performed in one day, and above all, Dr. Friedman wants you to have a safe experience.
Tightening the abdominal wall can be quite uncomfortable. Therefore, in addition to pain medication, Dr. Friedman uses “pain pumps” in all of his full tummy tuck patients. The pain pump, which is very similar to an epidural, consists of two tiny catheters that continuously drip local anesthetic along the surgical site for the first few days after surgery. Although it will not eliminate pain altogether, the pain pump really helps.
Tummy tuck should be delayed until you are done having children. The primary purpose of a tummy tuck is to tighten the abdominal wall laxity caused by pregnancy and weight loss. Although you can safely have children after a tummy tuck, childbirth will certainly compromise your surgical results.
No, you will keep your original belly button in its original position. With a fully tummy tuck, all of the skin around the belly button will be shifted and tightened. If your belly button is currently oriented horizontally and has excessive skin hanging over it, Dr. Friedman will re-orient it vertically and will remove the excess skin.