Tummy Tuck


Pregnancy, weight loss, and the natural effects of aging can dramatically affect how your abdomen looks and feels. Fortunately, tummy tuck surgery can rejuvenate your figure by tightening weakened muscles and loose skin while eliminating stubborn fat. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is designed to tighten your core and restore youthful body contours to help you look and feel your best with a slimmer and smoother silhouette.

What Do You Desire?


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Tighter Midsection


Some of the most rewarding life events can take a toll on the body. After pregnancy or massive weight loss, your abdominal skin can become noticeably looser. Efforts to correct skin laxity using traditional at-home methods are often fruitless, which can be discouraging for new mothers and those who strove to lose weight. Patients who choose to undergo tummy tuck surgery enjoy tighter skin, a more slender figure, and restored self-confidence.
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Stronger Core


When the rectus muscles experience excessive pressure, whether due to pregnancy or sizable weight gain, a condition called diastasis recti can develop. Diastasis recti is a separation or weakening of the abdominal muscles, and it can only be corrected with surgery. Exercise may help strengthen the abdomen to an extent, but the damage done cannot be repaired with at-home methods. A full tummy tuck repairs these muscles to create a stronger core and improve the appearance of a bulging belly.
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Slimmer Contours


Hormonal changes and weight fluctuations can cause the body to accumulate fat deposits in and around the midsection. Stubborn fat that resists even the most dedicated diet and exercise regimens can be frustrating. A tummy tuck removes troublesome fatty tissue via excision and liposuction, sculpting and contouring the area and revealing the more youthful, svelte figure underneath.

Your Tummy Tuck Consultation


Everyone’s body is different, so every tummy tuck surgery is tailored to the patient’s unique shape and cosmetic goals. During your initial tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Thompson will review your health history and expectations of the procedure. After determining which tummy tuck option is the most appropriate for your case, he will devise a customized tummy tuck plan to address your concerns and give you the gorgeous silhouette you desire.

Your Tummy Tuck Options


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A tummy tuck corrects abdominal skin laxity and damage to the rectus muscles. An incision is created just above the pubic area and extends out to the hips. To address skin laxity above the belly button, your surgeon may create an incision around it. Skin and fatty tissue are separated from the abdominal wall, and the weakened muscles are tightened. Excess skin is excised, and the remaining tissues are repositioned.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that can be used to treat hard-to-reach areas that have collected pockets of stubborn fat. Dr. Thompson combines circumferential liposuction with tummy tuck surgery to improve the contour of the entire trunk area, including the back, and produce optimal results for the entire silhouette.

Combinations

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed in conjunction with other surgical techniques to achieve the best body contouring results. Some of the procedures you may choose to combine with a tummy tuck include:

A non-invasive or minimally invasive body contouring procedure can be added after a tummy tuck to further improve the contours of the abdomen or body.

Frequently Asked Questions


Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery must maintain a stable weight, have realistic expectations of the procedure, and not use tobacco products. The results of tummy tuck surgery can be compromised by drastic weight fluctuations as well as subsequent pregnancies, so patients who are planning to become pregnant or lose a significant amount of weight may want to postpone their procedure.
Every patient will experience a different recovery based on the extent of correction required and surgical techniques used for their procedure. It is recommended that tummy tuck patients wear a compression garment during recovery (as well as before surgery) to minimize swelling and help the body become accustomed to its new shape. Drainage tubes will be inserted temporarily to collect excess fluid near the treatment site, and these are typically removed in one week. Patients are advised to take short, leisurely walks as soon as possible after surgery to promote circulation and prevent blood clots. Most tummy tuck patients return to work after about two weeks, but full recovery takes four to six weeks.
All surgery comes with a risk of scarring, but Dr. Thompson is careful to place all tummy tuck incisions in discreet locations that are easily concealed with clothing and undergarments. Scars tend to fade with time as well so that they blend into the surrounding skin. Using scar treatment creams like bioCorneum® and embrace® can also help improve the appearance of scars.
A tummy tuck is not meant to be a weight loss solution, but it can remove pockets of stubborn fat to produce a fitter appearance. By providing comprehensive correction to the entire midsection, tummy tuck surgery creates a slimmer, more attractive physique.
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