Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. It can also be used to help remove stretch marks, adipose tissue, and excess skin in the lower abdomen area, especially below the belly button. It often provides the toned abdomen that so many people work hard to achieve. It has the ability to restore core strength, strengthen abdominal muscles, and improve a patient's flexibility. The procedure tends to have drastic results, and it has a high satisfaction rate, though it can come with a host of complications and risks.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, commonly referred to as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to thin and firm the abdominal area. For many, the results are ideal, giving patients the skinny aesthetic they've always been looking for. Tummy tucks are one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures available because they address the area surrounding the stomach. They can build core strength, remove loose skin and excess fat, and they tighten the fascia and muscle around the abdominal wall. But they aren't used for weight loss. They work best on patients who are close to their ideal weight. They may be used in conjunction with other types of therapies such as liposuction, laser lipo, and radiofrequency lipolysis, to increase the amount fat loss and tighten the skin around the abdomen. The procedure is often performed on patients who are experiencing sagging skin as a result of drastic weight loss. It's also performed on new mothers to address the stretch marks and loose skin that can come as a result of pregnancy. There are several different types of abdominoplasties. Depending upon which one is used and the type of results patients are seeking, the procedure can take anywhere from 1 to 5 hours. 

Tummy tucks are usually performed in an outpatient setting, allowing patients to receive the surgery and recover at home without a lengthy stay in the hospital. Many patients find that this frees up their time. The procedure does require the use of general anesthesia. It must be performed while a patient is unconscious, which can exacerbate the risk of side effects and complications. There are several types of tummy tucks. Each can entail a number of different things. But usually, surgeons begin by making a horizontal incision above the pubic bone. The size and shape of the incision will be determined based on the amount of excess skin needed to be removed, though it does often lead from one hipbone to the other. The surgeon will typically remove most of the fat in between the pubic area and the navel then pull the skin lower, and stitch the incision back together again. Sometimes an incision near the navel area may be required for more extensive procedures. The belly button may be repositioned or in some cases removed depending upon the type of procedure performed. The actual steps taken will be tailored to fit the needs of the patient. Doctors and patients will sit down and go over various options, based upon numerous biological factors and the patient’s aesthetic goals.

Types of Tummy Tuck

  • Which Tummy Tuck is Right for You?

    There are three main types of tummy tucks, each of them customizable, and there are several other minor variations available as well. They can all be tailored to fit a patient's specific needs and individual biology. Some patients may have medical conditions or various medications that will require the operation to be altered in some way. Most types of tummy tucks can be combined with various procedures, such as liposuction and different types of fat removal, body contouring, or dermatological treatments. Providers may even perform a tummy tuck and combine it with different surgical operations in other regions of the body. All of those options have serious implications to a patient’s health and their aesthetic goals. Receiving a tummy tuck is a drastic decision. Patients should do their own research, understand the options available to them, and also be aware of some of the complications and risks involved. This research should come in conjunction with sound medical advice from an experienced provider. Patients should sit down with them, provide them with medical records and a list of medications then go over their options. Providers will build an individualized treatment plan based on a patient’s unique circumstances and any other factors that may be involved. Below is a list of the main types of tummy tucks. 

  • Complete or Full Tummy Tuck

    A complete or full tummy tuck is designed to address excess skin and adipose tissue in the entire abdominal area, which includes the areas above and below the belly button. It typically involves two incisions, one above the pubic area and one in the navel area. Fatty tissue is removed along with excess skin. The muscles are repaired, and sometimes liposuction is performed before the incisions are closed using sutures. Patients may need to use draining tubes to remove any fluid buildup after the procedure is performed. This procedure is best for patients with excess fat or skin around the navel area and a weakened abdominal wall. 

  • Mini Tummy Tuck

    A mini tummy tuck, also known as a partial abdominoplasty, is for patients who have a small pooch or a pocket of loose skin and excess fat below their belly button area. The procedure is the least invasive form of a tummy tuck, which means that it requires the least amount of recovery time and complications. It involves a small incision above the pubic bone, through which excess fat and loose skin are removed. It does not involve the upper abdomen and the rest of the body, and the incision is often small enough that it can usually be covered up with a bikini or undergarments. 

  • Extended Tummy Tuck

    An extended tummy tuck is a more extensive version of the traditional tummy tuck. It is designed to address excess skin and fatty tissue in the abdominal area as well as the sides of the lower back, known as the flanks, and also the hips. It is often performed on patients who have experienced a long period of weight loss, causing them to develop loose skin and excess fatty tissue in those regions, usually weighing several pounds or more. The procedure requires a longer incision, which reaches around the hip area. When combined with liposuction, it has a contouring effect, providing patients with healthy, contoured curves. 

  • Circumferential Tummy Tuck

    A circumferential tummy tuck, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a type of tummy tuck designed to remove excess skin and fat from the buttocks, lower back, abdomen, and waist area. It is the most extensive and invasive form of the surgery. It is performed by creating a circumferential incision, similar to a belt, which is where it gets its name. Most candidates for this surgery have undergone some type of bariatric operation, causing them to lose a large amount of weight. Unlike other forms of the tummy tuck this surgery is performed in an inpatient setting, and it does require a short hospital stay. 

Why Should I Get a Tummy Tuck?

There are many reasons why patients choose to receive a tummy tuck. Often it is because they have a pouch of excess fat or loose skin somewhere in their abdominal area. They may also want to address those issues in other parts of the body, such as flanks, buttocks, and love handles. Abdominoplasty is a safe, relatively simple way to solve those problems, and while it may be a surgical procedure, it's usually a quick, easy operation that requires little downtime. Some forms of abdominoplasty don't require any downtime at all. Tummy tucks also come with a number of health benefits. Loose skin and excess fat can be cumbersome. The operation might make it easier for patients to exercise or walk around. It may relieve mobility issues. It can help reduce the instance of rashes, skin infections, itching, and lesions in areas where the stomach is sagging excessively. In these cases, a tummy tuck procedure may be medically necessary. It could offer life-changing results. It can also improve posture, help build core strength, relieve back pain, and improve balance. That's combined with the confidence of looking good, slimming the stomach, and building muscle. It's a huge boost to mental health. 

  • Improved look
  • Better abs
  • Slimmer Stomach
  • Boost to self confidence
  • Better mobility

What are Concerns for Tummy Tuck?

All surgical operations come with their own set of complications and risks, and tummy tucks are no different. The procedure does require incisions, invasive techniques, and loss of tissue. There is a potential for damage in the affected areas, infections, and fluid buildup. In rare cases, patients may have trouble healing after the operation. Certain side effects can be expected to occur. Patients may experience slight redness, bruising, or swelling in the area the procedure was performed. There is a level of pain that may linger during the recovery period. As tissue, sensory nerves, and skin heal, shooting pain, burning, and tingling are common. The pain is most severe during the first week of recovery, and the size of the target region can determine how much pain patients experience. Some patients find that they have to walk bent at the waist or hunched over for a short period after the procedure is performed. These concerns and many others should be taken into account before making the decision to schedule the surgery. It's important for patients to ask questions and study on their own to ensure that they know what to expect after receiving a tummy tuck. Below is a list of common concerns.

  • Scarring

    Scarring can usually be expected as a result of receiving a tummy tuck. The size of the scar will depend on the type of operation performed. It correlates with the site of the incision. After a few months, the scar will flatten and lose some of its volume. But it will continue to be apparent due to the blood flooding the site of the wound, which is part of the body's natural healing process. After six months the scar may start to fade. It will have a pinkish or brownish tone. Scars do not typically disappear, but they can often be hidden by clothing items.
  • Recovery time

    Typically patients will want to take a minimum of two weeks off from work. They should be able to move around and return to normal activities within 7 to 10 days, but it's best to take more time just to be sure. The length of recovery time will depend on which one of the three main tummy tuck procedures was performed. More extensive procedures will require more time to recover. Patients who have received a circumferential tummy tuck may want to arrange for a longer recovery and a short hospital stay. This may vary from person to person. Patients should consult with their provider before undergoing the operation.
  • Changes in skin sensation

    Tummy tuck operations affect the skin, blood vessels, and nerves in the area where the procedure was performed. As a result, patients may experience odd sensations, numbness, tingling, itching, and sometimes shooting pain in those regions. They may also feel a sense of tightness. This is often cause for concern, but it's nothing to be worried about. It's perfectly normal, and it will go away with time. As the skin, blood vessels, and nerves heal, these sensations will start to subside. For most patients, this takes about 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the level of damage and the individual biological factors involved.

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Why Yes Doctor for Tummy Tuck

Surgical procedures involving general anesthesia require an extreme amount of skill, refined technique, and a strong understanding of human anatomy. Patients can't put their well-being into the hands of just anyone. They need the best, someone they can trust, who knows how to ensure the procedure is performed properly. Yes Doctor was built to give everything patients need, from past reviews to qualifications, in order to find the doctor that fits them best. The site was also built to make cosmetic surgery accessible to everyone. With our easy financing options, patients can break up payments into affordable installments, and many already qualify for 0% APR.

Frequently Asked Questions

The vast majority of patients who receive a tummy tuck report that it was worth the investment and the risk. The procedure is effective. It slims the abdomen, removing one of the most common cosmetic issues in existence. The procedure can also relieve medical problems. The excess skin that builds up in the abdomen and waist area can be cumbersome. When it hangs low, it can result in rashes, infections, lesions, and itching, and it can make it difficult for patients to move around, hindering their ability to get through daily life. That being said, some patients respond to the procedure better than others.
For many patients, a tummy tuck is something that they want. They might not necessarily need it. But there are times when a tummy tuck might be necessary in order to alleviate medical issues and deal with everyday activities. Excess fat and skin in the abdominal area may make it difficult to walk. It could result in sores, infections, itching, and hygiene issues. It can cause back pain. It can be a detriment to posture, and it can also make it difficult to control the bladder. It may even result in hernias. Patients with a large amount of excess skin and fat should talk to their doctor about their options.
Tummy tucks are not a weight loss solution. They do make the abdomen appear slimmer. But they're not meant to alleviate obesity. The amount of weight lost after receiving a tummy tuck depends on the type of procedure performed. Patients who receive a mini tummy tuck can usually expect to lose about 3 pounds. If they receive a complete tummy tuck, they should lose about 4 pounds. An extended tummy tuck could result in a loss of about 5 pounds or more. It really depends on how much excess skin and fat a patient has built up in the abdomen.
Tummy tucks and C-sections are both similar procedures with similar recovery times. In fact, patients who have received a C-section may already be familiar with what to expect after receiving a tummy tuck. But patients typically report that tummy tucks are not as painful. This is because they are not as invasive as C-sections. During a C-section, surgeons cut through the uterus and the abdominal muscles. During a tummy tuck, the uterus is not affected, and the abdominal muscles are strengthened, not incised. C-sections also come along with all of the effects of birth giving and pregnancy, which can already place a strain on the human body.