Fairfax Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon & Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Fairfax, VA

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is an excellent option for restoring a flat, toned abdomen. At Fairfax Plastic Surgery, Kapil D. Verma, MD, has extensive experience in abdominoplasty and has enhanced the abdominal profile of many men and women in and around Fairfax, Virginia. If you’re ready to take action to get the body of your dreams, come in for a personalized consultation to learn if abdominoplasty is the right treatment path for your goals. You can set up a visit online at any time of night or day, or call the office during business hours to check availability.

Abdominoplasty Q & A

What is an abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that refines the shape of your abdomen. Also commonly called a tummy tuck, this is an incredibly popular procedure among both men and women.

Over time, normal changes in your body structure can lead to an abdomen that protrudes or appears loose or sagging. This can also result from prior abdominal surgery or because of significant weight fluctuation.

Abdominoplasty is a popular procedure among women who want to restore the damage done during pregnancy. For many, structural changes in abdominal tissues cannot be resolved through diet and exercise, leaving surgery as the only viable option to restore a toned, trim abdomen.

What happens during an abdominoplasty?

You’ll receive medication to help you rest comfortably throughout the procedure. Dr. Verma begins by making an incision in the skin between your belly button and pubic hairline.

If your abdominal muscles need repair, Dr. Verma sutures them back into optimal positioning. He removes any excess tissue and skin before drawing your abdominal skin taut. At that point, he creates a new opening for your belly button and stitches your navel into position.

Once he’s happy with your abdominal contouring, Dr. Verma closes the incision with adhesives, sutures, clips, surgical tape, or a combination of the above. You’ll be moved to an observation area and monitored as the effects of your anesthesia wear off.

What is the recovery process like after a tummy tuck?

A degree of swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal after abdominoplasty. Your body needs time to heal and adjust to the new tissue configuration.

Your recovery process will depend on the type of abdominoplasty and the amount of tissue that was altered during your procedure. Your age, overall health, body weight, and other factors will also affect the recovery process.

Plan for a week of downtime after your abdominoplasty, and ask friends and loved ones for help with routine tasks during your first few days at home. It can take around six weeks before you can resume strenuous activities, although you’ll begin feeling better within days of your procedure.

You may also need to wear a supportive abdominal binder for a few weeks to prevent fluid buildup and help the healing process. You’ll receive full postoperative instructions prior to your surgery date, and adhering to those guidelines is the best way to have a swift recovery.

If you’d like to learn more about abdominoplasty, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.