Surgical Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of the abdomen. The procedure involves removing extra skin and fat along with tightening loose abdominal muscles. During the procedure, Dr. Lee will liposuction any excess fat in the area to help sculpt a sleek shape and then he will repair weak or separated abdominal muscles by stitching them back together. The final step in a tummy tuck is to remove and tighten loose skin. The final result is a flat, well-toned abdomen.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
For some patients, a tummy tuck is the final step after losing weight or a way to regain a tight abdomen after a pregnancy. In some cases, patients have maintained a healthy weight for years but still have problem belly fat and unattractive loose skin due to pregnancy, genetics, hormone changes, and aging. Most patients who want to improve the appearance of their abdomen are good candidates for a tummy tuck. However, you’ll get the best results if you’re physically healthy and at a stable body weight.
Different types of Surgical Tummy Tuck Procedures
Depending on the location and amount of extra skin, and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Lee may recommend one of the following types of tummy tucks:
- Standard tummy tuck: improves the contour of your entire abdominal area
- Extended tummy tuck: more skin is removed from a wider area
- Mini tummy tuck: improves only the area below your navel
An extended tummy tuck is often the best procedure for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. A mini tummy tuck is reserved for those who need minimal improvement.
What should I expect after a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a safe procedure, but it’s still major surgery, and you need to plan downtime to recover. After your tummy tuck, your abdomen will feel sore and tender. You may also have temporary tubes in place to help drain fluid. Dr. Lee provides detailed aftercare instructions and lets you know the amount of time you’ll need to take off for your recovery. In most cases, patients get back to their normal routine in a few weeks. A tummy tuck is a great way to reclaim a tight, smooth abdomen. If you’d like to learn more about the procedure and whether it’s a good choice for your goals, call Advanced Surgical Arts.
Doohi Lee, MD – Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon
When you are considering a cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important that you choose a surgeon with proper experience and education. Dr. Lee has the following;
Fellowship & American Board Certifications
- Cosmetic Surgery
- Aesthetic Medicine
- Anti-Aging Medicine
- Laser Medicine and Surgery