Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure in which extra skin and fat are removed from the lower belly area. It also contours the abdominal wall, in most cases, by repairing weakened or separated muscles. Click below to learn more about Abdominoplasty.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

  • Removes extra skin and fat from the lower belly area
  • It also contours the abdominal wall, in most cases, by repairing weakened or separated muscles
  • People with normal body weight can develop an abdomen that is loose or sagging. This is commonly caused from aging, pregnancy, weight loss, prior surgery

What tummy tuck will NOT do

  • It is not a weight loss technique
    • Even though results of tummy tuck are technically permanent, fluctuations in weight will decrease the positive results from a tummy tuck
    • If you are planning significant weight loss or considering future pregnancies, you would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck
    • The results are long-lasting when your weight is stable
  • Stretch marks are not completely corrected by tummy tuck. Stretch marks located on the excess skin to be removed will be gone, but not the stretch marks located higher on the abdomen. The tummy tuck tightens the skin: this means the flatter, well-toned abdomen will look dramatically better, but the stretch marks will simply be tightened, not removed.


  • Flatter, well-toned abdomen that cannot be achieved with exercise and weight control alone
  • Enhance self-image and confidence

You May be a Tummy Tuck Candidate if:

  • You have stable weight
  • You do not smoke
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
  • You want to do it for yourself, not for someone else’s desires or to try to fit a sort of ideal image
  • Performed under general anesthesia
  • Incisions
    • horizontally-oriented incision in the “bikini line”
    • around the belly button
  • Abdominal skin is lifted and weakened abdominal muscles are repaired
  • Skin is pulled down like a window shade and excess is trimmed
  • A new opening for the belly button is created and the belly button is popped through to the surface and stitched into its position
  • Remaining skin is stitched together at the bikini line incision
  • Results are immediately visible – flatter, firmer abdominal contour
  • After surgery you will be taken to a recovery area to be closely monitored after surgery
  • You will wear an elastic bandage or compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen
  • You will stay overnight for close monitoring. You will be discharged to home the morning after surgery
  • You will need to wear the elastic band for the first 3-4 weeks
  • You will experience soreness for the first week, and decreased soreness over week’s 2 and 3.
    • Intermittent soreness can last for 4 weeks
  • Exercise is usually restricted until 6-8 weeks after surgery
  • Many patients find it helpful to review tummy tuck photos and learn about what to expect during recovery as they navigate the decision-making process to have surgery
  • Satisfaction with your new tummy contour and body image should continue to grow and improve as you recover from surgery
  • Final results will continue to evolve over the first year, but will be very close to final at about 3-4 months after surgery
  • Results will be long-lasting, if…
    • You maintain your weight
    • Keep a healthy lifestyle
    • You have completed child bearing
  • Your abdomen will continue to age with your body

Photos are a great way to discuss a procedure, which is why we love to use them!

Photos are also a great way to help you understand your individualized and realistic outcome. Because each person is different in size, shape, body type, and desire, we feel that photos are best “interpreted” and discussed together in consultation. That is why we will use them in a one-on-one discussion that will help you understand the process and results that are achievable in your particular case.

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