Tummy Tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck

A Tummy Tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is designed to give you a smoother, flatter abdomen. The procedure removes excess abdominal skin and may also reduce fat and tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall. It is frequently performed to correct the muscle weakness and loose skin that can occur following pregnancy or significant weight loss.

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before and after

Abdominoplasty is done in Dr. Flynn’s state-of-the-art surgical facility. A one night stay is recommended in his comfortable on-site recovery facility. One-on-one nursing allows you to wake up with minimal pain and be ready for discharge the following morning. Dr. Flynn will visit you in the morning prior to your discharge to make sure that everything is proceeding perfectly. The day following your surgery is one of rest and recuperation. You will be encouraged to get out of bed and walk for short periods to promote blood circulation. You may be instructed to wear a support garment for several weeks. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a while but should be able to return to work within several weeks.

You return to Dr. Flynn’s office on the second day following surgery for another evaluation. ¬† You will see Dr. Flynn with each and every visit because he feels that this personalized care is what will give you your best result. ¬†Generally, you are seen once to twice a week in the early stages and the interval between visits increases over time.

How is a Tummy Tuck done?

Generally, a horizontal incision is made just within or above your pubic area. The contour of this incision may vary. The resulting scar is permanent, but your plastic surgeon will try to place it within the lines of the type of bathing suit or undergarments that you typically wear.

If you have loose skin above your navel (belly button), your surgeon may make a second incision around your navel so that the skin can be pulled down and the excess removed. The position of your navel will not change. If there are stretch marks on your lower abdomen, these may be removed.

Abdominoplasty may sometimes be combined with liposuction to achieve the best results. If your skin laxity and muscle weakness are limited to the area below the navel, you may be a good candidate for a mini abdominoplasty that leaves a shorter scar and requires no incision around the navel. Another technique for minimizing scars uses an endoscope. This procedure may be an option if you have only a minimal amount of excess skin and muscle laxity.