Tummy Tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure specifically designed to restore a flatter and tighter abdominal profile. This procedure addresses excess skin, fat, and laxity of abdominal muscles, often resulting from significant weight changes, pregnancy, or natural aging.

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Types of Tummy Tuck:

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Standard or Full Tummy Tuck:

This is the most common tummy tuck, ideal for a comprehensive abdominal makeover. It involves a horizontal incision across the hips, often combined with a navel incision. It removes excess skin, tightens muscles, and may reposition the navel for a sculpted look.

Mini Tummy Tuck:

A less extensive version of the traditional tummy tuck, it’s tailored for those with concerns primarily beneath the navel. The incision is typically shorter and there’s usually no need to adjust the navel’s position.

Extended Tummy Tuck:

Ideal for individuals who have undergone significant weight loss, this approach not only targets the abdominal area but also addresses excess skin and fat on the flanks and hips.

Reverse Tummy Tuck:

This specialized procedure focuses on the upper abdomen. Incisions are typically placed below the breasts to address excess skin and tissues above the navel. It’s especially suitable for those with upper abdominal concerns or after procedures causing excess upper abdominal skin.

Why Plano Plastic Surgery?

At Plano Plastic Surgery, excellence is our standard. Both Dr. Haidenberg, with his 16 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, and Dr. Yaker, the celebrated force behind Plano Plastic Surgery, have dedicated years to perfecting aesthetic surgeries—from breast augmentations to rhinoplasties and liposuctions. With them, you’re not just opting for transformative results but also genuine care and understanding. Our approach is personal—tailored to every patient’s concerns and desires.

How It’s Done

A tummy tuck is a carefully orchestrated surgical procedure and not just a simple “nip and tuck.” Once you are under general anesthesia, your surgeon will make the necessary incisions based on the type of tummy tuck agreed upon. After the incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are skillfully removed, and underlying muscles may be tightened for a firmer abdominal wall.

Depending on the specific nature of the surgery, the navel might be repositioned to harmonize with the newly contoured abdomen. After reshaping and refining the abdominal region, incisions are closed with sutures. The meticulous approach of our surgeons ensures minimized scarring and optimally contoured results from your tummy tuck surgery.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Candidates for a tummy tuck are those individuals grappling with sagging or loose skin on the abdomen, or a protruding belly that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. Individuals who are looking to get this procedure should be in overall good health, possess a clear understanding of the procedure, and have realistic expectations regarding the outcomes.

Tummy Tuck Recovery and What to Expect

Following a tummy tuck, patients can expect:

Immediate Post-Operative Phase:

Discomfort and Pain: It's common to experience some pain, which can be managed with prescribed medications.

Support Garments: A compression garment is often worn to minimize swelling and to support the healing tissues.

Bruising and Swelling: These are normal post-operative symptoms but will subside over time.

Mid Recovery Phase (2-4 weeks):

Activity Restrictions: Activities, especially those that strain the abdominal region, should be limited. Most patients can return to work within two weeks, depending on the nature of their job.

Incision Care: Proper care of the surgical site is essential to reduce the risk of complications and to promote healing. Follow-Up Appointments: Regular visits with the surgeon will monitor healing and address any concerns.

Long-Term Recovery:

Resuming Activities: Around the 4-week mark, many patients will be able to reintroduce more strenuous activities, with care.

Scar Maturation: Scars will mature and fade over time, though they won't disappear entirely.

Final Results: The full effects of the surgery will be evident once swelling has completely subsided.

Potential Side Effects

Sensation Changes: Temporary numbness or altered sensation in the abdominal area is possible, usually resolving over a few months.

Scarring: Scars from the procedure will gradually fade, though they will remain present. Proper aftercare can optimize their appearance.
A tummy tuck offers a path to reclaiming your body confidence by addressing areas that diet and exercise alone might not achieve. It’s essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon at Plano Plastic Surgery to discuss your individual needs and desired outcomes.