Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gilbert Lee has 24+ years contouring and sculpting bodies through surgery. Abdominoplasty is often recommended for patients after weight loss and for women post pregnancy. The procedure involves an incision low in the abdomen, usually hidden beneath the panty line. Neither of the Changes plastic surgeons use staples for incision closure for an abdominoplasty. Instead, the closure of the tissue after a tummy tuck is completed with sutures (stitches).
Most of the stitches that are used for closure of the abdominoplasty are “dissolvable,” which means they disappear on their own and do not have to be removed. In addition, most of the stitches are placed in the inside so that the patient is not even aware they are there. Surface stitches and drains are typically removed within a five-to-ten-day period.
Recovery from a tummy tuck can take several weeks to heal. To aid in the process, Dr. Gilbert Lee usually recommends a support garment. This can replace the dressing on the incisions and provide support to the healing area.
For more details about stitches and recovery from a tummy tuck, contact our San Diego plastic surgery office today.