A smoother, more slender waistline is a common cosmetic goal among individuals who struggle with both excess fat and skin in the abdomen. In many cases, changes in diet and exercise do not provide adequate improvement in the waistline. The Sleek Tuck procedure combines high-volume liposuction with the removal of excess, overhanging skin to give the abdomen a smoother, firmer appearance. When abdominal fat exceeds a particular volume, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons may advise against an approach like tummy tuck surgery (which involves surgical tightening of the underlying abdominal musculature) in favor of a Sleek Tuck as a more appropriate method for renewing the appearance of the abdominal area. For many patients, Sleek Tuck can also deliver results with less visible scarring, post-operative discomfort, and downtime than traditional tummy tuck procedures.
During the Sleek Tuck procedure, liposuction techniques are used to remove up to three liters of excess fat from the abdomen and flanks (love handles). Once the excess fat is removed to sculpt the torso, excess skin is removed from the lower abdomen using the smallest incision possible. The amount of skin that needs to be removed will ultimately determine the exact size of the incision, but your surgeon is always careful to keep any resulting scars hidden beneath the waistline and easily concealable under clothing. Finally, when the fat and skin has been removed, your surgeon will reposition the belly button to a more elevated location through incisions made inside of the navel. Most patients can expect the Sleek Tuck procedure to last about two hours, but total surgery time may vary depending on the extent of the procedure.
Immediately following surgery, patients can expect some swelling and discomfort; however these post-operative symptoms are often easily managed with the help of prescribed pain medication and by closely following care instructions provided by your surgeon. During recovery, the abdomen will be wrapped snugly to facilitate healing and drains may be placed to collect excess fluid during the initial stages of the recovery process. After Sleek Tuck, most patients are able to return to work in seven days and resume all normal activities in about two.