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Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the mid and lower stomach area and to tighten the abdominal wall muscles.

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A tummy tuck is designed to firm and smooth the abdominal area, providing patients with a slimmer profile. Men and women with large fat deposits and loose skin around the stomach that have not responded to diet and regular exercise are the best candidates for abdominoplasty. Multiple pregnancies can result in stretched abdominal muscles and loose skin, and women with such conditions will also benefit from a tummy tuck. Prospective candidates should be in decent physical condition as abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure. It can be used alone or in combination with liposuction to achieve enhanced results.

During surgery, an incision is made across the lower abdomen, slightly above the pubic area and below the bikini line. Another incision is made around the belly button to free it from the surrounding skin. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall and lifted up above the rib cage, exposing the vertical abdominal muscles. The muscles are stitched into a new position, tightening the muscles and creating a smaller waistline. The remaining skin is pulled over the abdominal area and sutured in place. Patients are asked to wear a strong elastic dressing for a few days, which will later be replaced with an abdominal supporter. Full recovery can take anywhere from two to four weeks and the results are usually permanent as long as patients maintain a stable weight.

It may take up to nine months before the surgical scars smooth out and lighten in color. Although they will never completely disappear, the scars are easily hidden by clothing. Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia, though local anesthesia is an option. The surgery can last anywhere from two to five hours.

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Costs include : surgery, surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, pre and post-op appointments, customary medications, transportation to/from the airport and to/from the surgery and primary doctor’s appointments, meals and nursing assistance. Also included are: wireless Internet, private bathrooms, Direct T.V. and telephones (complimentary direct U.S. and Canada calls after 5:00 P.M), high speed computers and an in-room safe.

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