Tummy Tuck

A flat, well-toned abdomen creates a smoother, firmer profile

Tummy Tuck FAQ

Is a Tummy Tuck right for me?

Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is designed to firm and smooth the abdomen. This cosmetic procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter, tighter abdominal profile.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. Working through this incision, the underlying muscles will be tightened by pulling them together and stitching them in place. Excess skin from the lower abdomen is trimmed away. Skin that contains stretch marks may be removed as well; however, it may not be possible to remove them all. The navel’s position remains unchanged, but its appearance may be slightly altered.

A mini tummy tuck is also available for those who are primarily dissatisfied with the appearance of the abdominal area below the navel. It requires only a short horizontal incision and no navel incision. However, the mini will not correct loose skin above the navel. Liposuction is sometimes added to a mini tummy tuck to correct fat deposits above the navel.

What results should I anticipate?

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You should anticipate a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is proportionate with your body weight and shape.

What can I expect post-surgery?

Dressings will be applied to your abdomen and covered with a bandage. Although you may not be able to stand perfectly straight at first, you will be encouraged to get out of bed soon after surgery to promote blood circulation. Quite soon after surgery, you will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body. Every effort is made to minimize the scar, which though permanent, gradually fades over time. Many patients view the scar as a small tradeoff for their firmer, sleeker appearance.