The Tummy Tuck Basics

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a plastic surgery procedure done by a board certified plastic surgeon to remove excess loose skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. This form of cosmetic surgery is popular in men and women for those desiring a smaller and flatter belly and is extremely popular after pregnancy or losing weight.

Steps in the Tummy Tuck Process

As with any surgery, there are specific steps that need to take place for the tummy tuck surgery to be successful. A full tummy tuck may take up to five hours to complete, while a mini tummy tuck might take as little as one hour. Whether it’s a full or mini abdominoplasty, the following steps are always followed.

Step 1 – Anesthesia 

To make tummy tuck patients more comfortable during their procedure, anesthetics are almost always administered. There are a couple different anesthetic options for a tummy tuck procedure. Depending on doctor recommendation, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will be given. This is to ensure that minimal discomfort occurs during the surgery.

Step 2 – The Incision 

After giving either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, your surgeon will prepare for the incision. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin to be removed. As each patient is different, there is no standard length or shape to the incision. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. If there is excess skin in the upper abdomen, a second incision near the belly button might be necessary.

Step 3 – Closing the Incisions

Based on your body type and/or medical needs, your surgeon will close the incision(s) using one of a few different closure methods. Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips can close the skin incisions. Speak with your surgeon before surgery about your incision closure options.

Step 4 – The Results 

By tightening your muscles and narrowing your waist, this procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. Most patients also report that their self-esteem is higher after a tummy tuck procedure. While tummy tucks are not a solution for weight loss or being active, these procedures can encourage confidence in your body and lead to an overall happier you.

If you’re looking to flatten your belly and boost your confidence, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Barbara Siwy to help. As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Siwy Plastic Surgery knows how to deliver results. Contact us today for your consultation at 317.279.4277.