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Tummy Tuck

Genetics, aging, pregnancy, and weight loss are all contributing factors to a loose and unattractive abdominal contour.

Excess skin and weak abdominal muscles may be preventing you from having a youthful, toned abdomen. Often, these abdominal troubles are resistant to correction through diet and exercise. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to restore firmness to the abdominal region and create attractive new contours.

Do You Desire...

  • A more toned abdomen

  • Smooth abdominal skin

  • Slimmer waist contours

  • Enhanced abdominal definition

Tummy Tuck Techniques

Mini Tummy Tuck

  • Improves the contours of the lower abdomen

  • Ideal for patients with good skin elasticity, minimal sagging skin, and minor fat deposits on their abdomen and flanks

  • Can be performed using local anesthesia

  • The incision is placed below the bikini line

  • Small to medium fat deposits on the abdomen and flanks are removed

  • Excess skin below the navel is removed

  • Patients can return to work within two weeks

  • Normal physical activities can be resumed after three weeks

Standard Tummy Tuck

  • Improves the contours of the entire abdominal area

  • Ideal for patients after pregnancy or weight loss

  • The incision runs from hip to hip discreetly below the bikini line

  • Skin is separated from the abdominal wall, and the underlying muscles are sutured together

  • The belly button remains intact during most standard tummy tucks, and the skin is adjusted around it

  • Patients can return to work within two weeks

  • Normal physical activities can be resumed after four weeks

Extended Tummy Tuck/Circumferential Body Lift

  • Improves the contours of the lower back, hips, and abdomen

  • Can also improve the appearance of loose thigh skin and cellulite

  • Typically performed on patients who have undergone major weight loss or bariatric surgery

  • Incisions are more extensive and can run from the back of the hip (upper buttock) on each side all the way around the front or around the whole waist.

  • Inverted “T” or transverse “H” incisions can be used to eliminate the need for any posterior incisions during surgery

  • Patients can return to work within two to three weeks

  • Normal physical activities can be resumed after six weeks

Reverse Tummy Tuck

  • Designed to treat patients with upper abdominal sagging

  • This technique is reserved only for qualifying patients, which is determined after an extensive consultation

  • Incisions are placed under the breasts rather than on the abdomen

  • Removes tissue from just below the breasts down to the belly button

  • Tightens the midline abdominal muscles

  • Pulls the remaining skin upward for a smoother, toned appearance

  • Patients can return to work within two weeks

  • Normal physical activities can be resumed after six weeks

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Liposuction can be combined with your tummy tuck to help improve the contours of your body. Liposuction removes fat from stubborn, troublesome areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. On its own, liposuction may leave loose, excess skin. When combined with a tummy tuck, liposuction can eliminate the fat necessary to slim your figure and restore firmness to the abdomen. Combining both techniques into a one-time procedure saves both recovery time and money.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not every patient needs their abdominal muscles tightened. However, many patients after pregnancy or weight loss find that their muscles are weak, which may cause a stomach pooch. Tightening the abdominal muscles firms and tones your abdominal contour for a more attractive silhouette.
You will likely experience bruising, swelling, and redness following your tummy tuck. The skin around your abdomen may feel tight, causing minor discomfort. You will wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and facilitate your healing. Any associated pain from your surgery can be controlled using an oral medication.
Patients who are in good general health rarely see complications following their tummy tucks. Some minor complications may include infection, seromas, or prolonged swelling. Patients with blood sugar problems or poor cardiac history should not undergo tummy tuck surgery. It is important to discuss your medical history with your surgeon so they can evaluate your potential health risks.
A lower body lift is generally used for patients following massive weight loss. These patients often have large amounts of excess skin on numerous areas of the body. Dr. Nelson can combine tummy tuck surgery as a part of a full body contouring plan. Incisions can be specially placed to maximize time and effectiveness. Contouring of the buttocks, hips, and thighs during your tummy tuck can help improve the overall appearance of your silhouette. Techniques such as the inverted “T” and transverse “H” incisions are utilized during a lower body lift to minimize the extent of your scarring.
Tummy tuck surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Some patients will need to stay overnight depending on the extent of correction needed. The procedure can last between one and four hours depending on the extent of correction needed.
The extent of scarring that develops will depend on the extent of the incision used for your surgery. Mini tummy tuck patients typically see the least amount of scarring. Patients who undergo an extended tummy tuck will see the most amount of scarring, which may be visible around the entire waist. Dr. Nelson takes great care to utilize techniques that minimize the amount of scarring when possible. Most scarring is likely to fade over time and can be easily hidden beneath underwear and bathing suits.

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