Is an Abdominoplasty an Outpatient Procedure?
Published on March 29, 2018 by Andrew Barnett
Abdominoplasty (often known as a tummy tuck) is an incredibly popular procedure among both men and women. Aging, significant changes in weight and even genetics can all contribute to a protruding belly. Through an easily-concealable incision at the bikini line, I’m able to remove unwanted fat, tighten abdominal muscles, and remove excess skin to give you a slimmer, more sculpted contour. Stretch marks below the belly button can also be addressed.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital. For some patients, an overnight stay may be recommended. More commonly, an abdominoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure and you’ll be free to go home several hours post-surgery. Among other things (we’ll discuss pre-abdominoplasty instructions in-depth at your initial consultation), you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital. Someone should also stay at least one night with you after your surgery.
Abdominoplasty Recovery and Results
If your abdominoplasty is performed as an out-patient procedure, I require a private duty nurse check on you within 24-hours of discharge (we can help make these arrangements). Private nurses are preferable to family members/friends because they are comfortable with bandage changes know how to handle instances that may be atypical. Most patients are able to return to work 7-10 days post-surgery. Supportive garments are encouraged for at least 6-weeks. Patients who opt for a mini-abdominoplasty rather than a full abdominoplasty may experience a shorter downtime.
*Individuals Results May Vary
As swelling subsides over time, you’ll begin to see the initial results from your surgery. After your abdominoplasty, you’ll have a thinner, more toned contour to your abdomen. A tummy tuck is generally a long-lasting procedure and often permanent. However, dramatic changes in weight can have an adverse effect on the outcome of the procedure.
Ready to look and feel your best? Schedule a consult to talk about your options today. Consultations are available in both our San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices.You may schedule for either location by calling (415) 879-8735. Renee or Laurie will help you with the scheduling and answer any pre-consultation questions you may have!