Tummy Tuck

The stomach can be one of the most difficult areas from which to lose fat. It can also be subject to stretching with pregnancy or weight gain – events that leave behind loose skin and muscles. The tummy tuck is the most effective way to tighten and contour the stomach for a flatter, slimmer look.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that contours the abdomen by removing fat and excess skin, as well as tightening the underlying muscles. The traditional tummy tuck encompasses the entire abdomen while a variation called the mini tummy tuck can correct the area below the belly button with the use of a smaller incision. Your plastic surgeon can determine the right approach based on your goals during your consultation.

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Who’s a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Patients who benefit most from a tummy tuck are those who have undergone pregnancy or weight fluctuations. These events tend to result in stretched skin and stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Additionally, diastasis recti can be corrected with a tummy tuck, a condition where the abdominal muscles have become weakened and stretched.

To get the most out of your tummy tuck procedure, you should be at a healthy and stable weight as well as finished having children. Future pregnancies and weight fluctuations can compromise your results, requiring another procedure. Your plastic surgeon can help you determine the right time for your tummy tuck based on your lifestyle and plans.

What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will perform the appropriate incision, usually across the hip bones so any scarring can be easily concealed within clothing or bathing suits. Your plastic surgeon will lift the skin and tissues, using specialized sutures to tighten the abdominal muscles. Liposuction can be performed at this time on the stomach and surrounding waist. Then, the skin is pulled downward, and any excess skin is removed. A new belly button is created, and the incisions are closed. Once complete, you can return home.

Tummy Tuck Results and Recovery

You should plan to take about 2 weeks of downtime after your procedure. During this time, you’ll need to limit your activity and focus on resting. Our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to follow including bathing, incision care, and sleeping positions. You’ll have significant swelling and soreness which can be managed with prescribed medications. Make sure to enlist help around your home with cleaning, child or pet care, and completing errands. You’ll return to your plastic surgeon for a checkup and to remove drains. It can take 1-2 months for all swelling to subside, but you’ll begin to see your final results emerge at this time.

Meet the doctors

Nicholas K. Howland

M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Paul A. Watterson

M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Richard Fryer

M.D., F.A.C.S.
Meet Dr. Fryer

Steven H. Warnock

M.D., F.A.C.S.
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The tummy tuck is the most transformative way to contour your stomach and feel more confident in your figure. To learn more, meet with our plastic surgeons at our Draper, UT office. Contact Premier Plastic Surgery by calling or filling out our online form.

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