Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a very common surgical procedure that effectively removes loose and distorted lower abdominal skin and subcutaneous tissue. The skin and subcutaneous tissue planes are then advanced and tightened in a very low abdominal position to effectively place surgical scars in a more favorable plane for scar maturation and concealment.
Abdominal core muscles are tightened as well and usually subcutaneous tissue planes of the abdomen and hip are sculpted with directed liposuction that compliments the development of a tighter abdomen, a narrower waist and enhanced contours of the waist and hip. The result is a balanced and youthful abdomen and a leaner waist and hip, with enhancement of the core muscles of the abdomen.
Additionally, the transition of the lower abdomen into the mons and groin is tightened leading to even better aesthetic contours in the groin, thigh and gluteal area. The surgery is tailored to meet specific requirements for each patient, as the anatomy for each patient and each condition is unique.
Our patients typically seek these procedures following pregnancy, weight loss, or to reverse sagging and weight gain associated with aging. Each case is evaluated thoroughly and a comprehensive surgical plan is developed and shared with the patient. This approach ensures patients are well informed and optimal outcomes are achieved.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):
- A slender midsection with thinning of the tissue planes of the posterior and lateral flank and hip.
- Enhancement of curves of the waist and hip.
- Tightening of the skin both above and below the umbilicus (belly button).
- Tightening of the skin in the mons, groin and lateral thigh.
- Tightening and enhancement of the contours of the abdominal core muscles.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedures:
The approach and surgical plan of a tummy tuck procedure depend on the areas of concern and each patient’s unique anatomy.
A full abdominoplasty addresses skin and subcutaneous laxity that exists both above and below the belly button (umbilicus). The procedure begins with a small incision within the umbilicus. A second incision is made horizontally along the very lowest aspect of the abdomen, the length of which is determined by the degree of existing laxity of the tissues and skin. This second incision enables the tightening of the tissue and skin. The umbilicus is then repaired to its original position in the midline. The abdominal core muscles are usually tightened during this procedure. Progressive internal sutures are placed and Exparel ® is utilized to substantially minimize postoperative discomfort.
A mini abdominoplasty addresses skin and subcutaneous laxity that exist below the belly button (umbilicus). One horizontal incision is created in the lowest position possible on the abdomen. The resulting scar is shorter than that of a full tummy tuck.
Circumferential Abdominoplasty “Full Body Lift”
A circumferential abdominoplasty procedure addresses significant laxity that extends well past the anterior and lateral aspects of the abdomen. This is a more extensive procedure than a full abdominoplasty and allows for the beneficial contour enhancements to extend around the body creating a full body lift benefit. Loose skin and tightening extends fully around the hip and upper gluteal region. Very significant lateral hip elevation and tightening can be achieved with this procedure. Major weight loss patients benefit the most from this procedure.
What Other Procedures Can Be Performed With Tummy Tuck Surgery?
The Patient Experience
Abdominoplasty procedures are performed under general anesthesia by MD anesthesiologists. All surgical procedures are performed in licensed and accredited surgery centers specializing in outpatient and overnight surgical procedures. Our surgery centers are state-of-the-art and provide seamless delivery of excellence in plastic surgery care.
The patient experience begins with a thorough review of the surgical plan “the blueprint” and after care instructions with Dr. Carpenter. The surgical procedure is performed entirely and only by Dr. Carpenter. Post surgical dressings and garments are placed and then the patient is transferred to a private recovery room where one on one nursing care is provided. Most patients stay overnight for optimal comfort and nursing care. The following morning, dressings are changed and the patient is discharged to go home.
Once discharged, post surgical care instructions, concierge-level follow up and ongoing care management ensures patient comfort and optimal outcomes. Patients are seen in the office typically 4 to 6 days following surgery.
Like any surgical procedure, the abdominoplasty recovery process occurs in stages. Patients can expect to feel tension in the abdominal wall at the muscle and skin levels and are encouraged to walk in a bent posture for the first 4 to 5 days following surgery. Most patients can drive an automobile within a week and resume work within 7 to 10 days unless it’s heavy manual labor. Limited exercise can resume two weeks post surgery. More active exercise is not recommended for up to six weeks.
The fees for tummy tuck surgery vary based on the techniques used and the extent of correction. Dr. Carpenter’s staff will estimate the cost of your unique procedure during an initial consultation.