Plastic Surgery

Both men and women can be affected by excess skin and fat around the mid-section. Pregnancy can take a toll on the abdomen leaving sagging skin, stretch marks and separation of the abdominal muscles which cannot be fixed in the gym. Healthy active men may also benefit from a tummy tuck to address excessive abdominal fat and skin. Dr. Kpodzo uses various surgical techniques to help you achieve the slimmer, flatter and more youthful waistline which you desire.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): What to Expect

  • Surgical Setting - can be performed on an outpatient basis in select patients meaning some patients can go home on the same day, but depending on the extensiveness of the surgery Dr. Kpodzo may recommend that you spend one night in the hospital
  • Anesthesia - General anesthetic

About the Surgery
The surgery typically takes about 2 – 4 hours. Most patients need an incision from hip to hip which is made low down near the pubic region so it can be hidden by your favorite underwear or swimsuit. The excess skin and fat which hangs over the belt line is removed and the muscles are tightened. Some patients are candidates for a smaller “mini” tummy tuck, while others may need additional tissue removed vertically as well in the “fleur de lis” tummy tuck; Dr. Kpodzo individualizes the plan for each patient. We offer the option of performing the procedure without leaving drainage tubes which is much more convenient and comfortable for patients after surgery. We also offer the pain buster pump which drips numbing medication (local anesthetic) under the skin, and Exparel® which is a long lasting numbing medication to help manage post-operative pain.

After Surgery
Most patients take two weeks off from work. Light exercise is possible at 3 weeks, but patients are asked to stay away any vigorous activity or exercise for 6 weeks after surgery. There will be some swelling and bruising which will temporarily mask the final shape of the abdomen. The final shape can be seen at 3-6 months after surgery but the scar will continue to mature for up to 1 year.