Tummy Tuck Performed by Boston Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Bartlett
Excess fat and skin in the abdominal area can affect even those who are at or near normal body weight. In New England, Richard A. Bartlett, M.D. is recognized for his skill in creating a more youthful, sculpted look for loose, bulging abdomens through abdominoplasty, commonly called tummy tuck surgery.
Patients in New England who are concerned with the appearance of their abdomen – including women unable to regain their pre-pregnancy figures and people who have lost massive amounts of weight – are carefully evaluated by Dr. Bartlett to define their particular problem. The most common abdominoplasty candidates are those with loose skin and wrinkling (especially around the belly button), the separation of abdominal muscles resulting in bulging, and skin which hangs over the belt line (abdominal pannus). The severity of each problem varies from patient to patient and an individualized treatment will be developed during your tummy tuck consultation with Boston cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bartlett. Some patients are candidates for smaller “mini” abdominoplasty procedures or “modified” intermediate procedures.
Tummy Tuck Surgery – What to Expect
- About the Surgery – the procedure takes 2 to 3 hours
- Surgical Setting – although smaller procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, most patients undergoing a full abdominoplasty stay overnight in the hospital
- Anesthesia – tummy tuck procedures are performed under a general anesthetic
- Post Surgery – patients are sent home with drains in place which have to be emptied each day at home. Showering is permitted on day 3. The first post-op visit takes place 7 days after surgery, during which time drains are usually removed. Unlike some of the more limited operations that are performed in plastic surgery, abdominoplasty involves a careful recovery.
- Most patients require 2 weeks off from work and cannot lift heavy objects for 6 weeks.