The Modern Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty is performed to flatten your tummy with the removal of loose, excess fat or skin as well as tighten the muscles in the abdominal wall. In this Smart Beauty Guide exclusive, ASAPS member Dr. Francisco Canales, a board-certified plastic surgeon, reviews the advancements of the modern tummy tuck. Dr. Canales shares that over the past 25 years, the tummy tuck has evolved significantly. A procedure that once had patients taking 3-4 weeks of recovery time is now a mere 10-14 days with very little scarring. The shorter and easier recovery is a result of modern day advancements, like no longer relying on the use of drains, making recovery easier on patients. Board-certified plastic surgeons performing this procedure, are now including liposuction, which allows for superior contouring results and is ideal for those looking eliminate fat from the desired areas in a short period of time. The tummy tuck can also help remove stretch marks and is a great treatment option for those following pregnancy, massive weight loss or that have skin that sags on the abdomen. This transformational procedure can be a positive experience for patients and help improve their overall self-esteem.