Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

People who have lost a lot of weight or have been pregnant can have excess or sagging skin of their abdomen. Over time, even people at their normal weight can develop sagging skin. Diet and exercise often helps with extra fat, but that extra “roll” often just will not go away! A tummy tuck is a good option for many with this problem!

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, giving the patient a flatter abdomen and a better figure. (Often, muscles are tightened as well.) However, it is important to note that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

If you are bothered by the appearance of bulges or loose skin in your abdominal area, a tummy tuck may be right for you. A good candidate is someone who has realistic expectations about the results of the procedure, is in good overall health, understands that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss substitute, and who is prepared to exercise and follow a healthy diet after surgery in order to maintain the results.

Where will I get my tummy tuck?

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Price performs tummy tucks with intravenous sedation, removing the need for general anesthesia and hospitalization. Dr. Price performs the surgery in his private, fully-licensed operating room.

What is a full tummy tuck?

In a full tummy tuck, skin and muscle from the chest region to the pubic area are tightened. A long incision is made across the lower abdomen. A second incision is made around the belly button. The belly button is repositioned after the skin and muscles are tightened.

A full tummy tuck is most effective for women who have been through pregnancy or have experienced large weight loss. Recovery from a full tummy tuck usually takes two to four weeks.

What is a mini tummy tuck?

The skin of the lower abdomen is tightened in a mini tummy tuck. Relocation of the belly button is not required in this procedure. The scar is shorter and recovery is quicker than with a full tummy tuck. As with a full tummy tuck, liposuction is often done in conjunction with a mini tummy tuck in order to add to further enhance the result.

What is an endoscopic-assisted tummy tuck?

An endoscopic-assisted tummy tuck is a minimally-invasive procedure that Dr. Price performs using an endoscope, a tiny camera that is inserted through small incisions. This procedure involves minimal scarring and a shorter recovery period. It is perfect for individuals who have excess fat in the abdomen and weak lower abdominal muscles, yet still have fairly tight abdominal skin.

What are the risks involved in a tummy tuck?

The decision to have a tummy tuck should only be made after careful evaluation of your expectations and goals following a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Price. Like any other procedure, there are risks involved in a tummy tuck, including bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, unfavorable scarring, numbness, skin discoloration, prolonged swelling, fluid accumulation, and the possibility of revisional surgery.

What can I expect during my recovery?

Full tummy tuck patients will usually need ten days to two full weeks off from work. If muscle tightening has been done, then exercise, lifting and pushing are limited for six full weeks. Tummy tuck patients usually need pain medication for several days at a minimum, and sometimes as long as two weeks.