A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, restores weakened abdominal muscle and creates a more firm, smooth and attractive abdomen.
Why consider a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tucks are a wonderful option for those who, after significant weight loss, pregnancy or natural aging, experience:
- Loose or sagging skin in the mid to lower abdomen
- A protruding stomach
- Weakened or separated muscles of the abdominal wall
– conditions that, unfortunately, cannot be corrected by diet and exercise alone.
Tummy Tuck Results:
Tummy tucks offer patients many benefits, including:
- A flatter, slimmer more pleasing waistline
- Tightens and strengthens abdominal muscles
- Removes most stretch marks
- Changes the proportions of your body to enhance overall contour
In addition, we have learned from patients that a significant result of a tummy tuck is how the procedure transforms the way they feel about themselves. A tummy tuck provides is so much more than a slim, firm waistline – it helps patients regain their self-confidence and spirit. After their tummy tuck, patients say:
- They feel better and more comfortable in their skin
- They enjoy personal relationships more
- They once again enjoy wearing flattering clothes and bathing suites
- They take better care of themselves by exercising and eating well
- They lead more adventurous, full lives
- They become, essentially, better versions of themselves
About the Tummy Tuck Procedure:
A tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and bellybutton. Your surgeon will place the incision as low as possible, where it can be easily hidden by your underwear or bathing suit bottom. The shape and length of your incision will depend on the degree of correction necessary. There are many types of tummy tucks; depending on your surgeon’s recommendation, weakened abdominal muscles may be repaired through the incision and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed and tightened. Another incision around the navel may be required to remove excess skin from your upper abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery generally takes two to five hours, depending on whether it is a mini or full tummy tuck. Your surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Because safety is always our primary concern, we work with board-certified anesthesiologists to make sure that your surgery is as safe as possible. Following your procedure, you can return home for your recovery period.
Recovery and Aftercare
- Patients will likely experience some bruising, swelling, tenderness and/or numbness around the incision.
- Drains may remain in place for one to two weeks.
- Sutures will be removed in about one to two weeks.
- We recommend bed rest the day of surgery.
- You should limit activity for the next 2 to 6 days after surgery.
- Avoid strenuous activity for about four to six weeks.
- Resume work in one to three weeks.
- Wear an abdominal binder for a few weeks for support.
Liposuction may be used in addition to abdominoplasty surgery to remove excess fat around the sides and back to enhance your results. Please discuss this option with your surgeon.
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Tummy tucks are usually deemed cosmetic in nature and are therefore not covered by insurance.
“I love love love the results of my tummy tuck! Seeing the before pics is quite astounding. All that flesh; all that flab; all those years. I am just thrilled beyond words to be free of it. The extra sagging; drooping; bulging skin caused me to feel very self-conscious regardless of what I was wearing. Even when I felt good about the rest of my appearance, the contour and heaviness of my tummy area always distracted from any positivity. Thank you for sculpting, tucking and trimming my new figure!”
Our practitioners who specialize in Tummy Tuck procedures.
Dr. Michael D. Cohen is an acclaimed board certified plastic surgeon and has earned a reputation for excellence in abdominoplasty surgery. Read full bio.
Dr. Gary A. Vela, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, is renowned for his expertise, natural results and outstanding patient care with abdominoplasty surgery Read full bio.