Tummy tuck patients are often very happy with their results. A 2012 study published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that 93% of 1,589 patients who underwent a tummy tuck procedure said it was worth it.
What to Expect
Before your procedure, you’ll meet with one of our board-certified surgeons to discuss your goals and medical history. We’ll examine your anatomy, take photographs and measurements, and recommend a personalized treatment approach. We’ll also talk about the procedure itself, recovery and aftercare, potential risks and complications, anesthesia, medications, and what you can expect.
An anesthesiologist will administer IV sedation or general anesthesia for your comfort, and we’ll prep and clean the surgical areas. Your personalized tummy tuck will vary based on the techniques we’re combining, your unique anatomy, and your desired outcomes.
Typically, we will make a discreet incision just above the pubic bone along the bikini line. The length of the incision can vary, but we try to keep it as small as possible. If we need to reposition the belly button, we’ll also make an incision around the navel. Through these openings, we can repair diastasis recti to pull the rectus muscles back together after pregnancy and remove excess fat. Finally, we’ll pull down excess skin, trim it, and make a new belly button opening if necessary before closing the incisions.
Full tummy tucks usually take two to three hours, and you can go home after the procedure. You will need somebody to drive you home, as you won’t be allowed to drive a vehicle after anesthesia. We perform tummy tucks at our accredited Northern Arizona SurgiCenter in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
Some tummy tuck patients also opt to have liposuction, a procedure called lipoabdominoplasty. Liposuction is a minimally invasive and effective way to permanently remove adipose tissue.
When performing liposuction, we inject a diluted anesthetic, also called tumescent, solution locally into the areas we want to target. This solution helps us safely remove fat cells while also reducing bruising, bleeding, and soreness. Then, we insert a small tube and dislodge the targeted fat tissue by moving the cannula back and forth. Once the fat cells are loosened up, we suction them through the tube and they’re gone forever.
Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.