The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin, tighten abdominal muscles, and eliminate or improve the appearance of stretch marks in this area. Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, performs the tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck for men and women who are at a stable weight. As this is not a cure for obesity, abdominoplasty is appropriate when diet and exercise will not work to remove the weak stomach muscles, extra skin, and fatty tissues. Our patients, who have lost a tremendous amount of weight with bariatric surgery or have lost 100+ pounds with diet and exercise alone, are both excellent candidates for this procedure. Scottsdale Tummy Tuck specialist, Dr. Carlos Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale may also recommend at your consultation for you to consider combining the surgery with liposuction to complement your ultimate outcome.
For patients who have already had tummy tuck surgery that hasn't met their expectations, Dr. Mata performs tummy tuck revision surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Mata will listen to your concerns about your original surgery and create a treatment plan based on your goals. With many years of experience and training, Dr. Mata can help you get the tummy tuck results you want with revision surgery.
In patients who undergo a full tummy tuck, the incision is made from hip to hip just over the pubic area. This results in a scar line that is horizontal and may be hidden when wearing undergarments. It is commonly performed on women with significant skin folds after multiple pregnancies. This technique allows the surgeon access to a large portion of the abdomen while repositioning the belly button so that its placement appears natural. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat preceding the skin tightening portion. The internal abdominal muscles are secured for a firm, toned appearance.
An alternative to the traditional technique is the mini tummy tuck, which is also known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck.” The difference is that ideally, the patients that undergo this procedure are already in relatively good shape with a healthy skin tone, but still have loose skin on the lower abdomen. Unlike the full tummy tuck, the belly button is unaffected and the incision is smaller. Liposuction is used (if needed) to remove excess fat, and the loose skin is removed and pulled tight.
A tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, but an overnight stay may be required specific to complex cases. As with any other surgery, abdominoplasty comes with risks so it’s best to discuss any health conditions you have prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medications are provided and a compression garment is worn. The patient will need to rest up to 48 hours. From then, it is recommended that patients make a concerted effort to move around to help blood circulation and reduce the risks of blood clot complications. Recovery may take up to 6 weeks.
|Average Procedure Time||2-3hrs|
|Procedure Recovery Location||Out-patient|
Tummy tucks are reserved for patients who have stretched, loose skin in the lower abdomen as a result of pregnancy or obesity. Liposuction, on the other hand, is for those who want to remove excess fat in the abdomen but still have a healthy skin tone. During the initial consultation, we will provide a thorough assessment and determine if liposuction alone is all that is needed, or if a tummy tuck will provide the best results.
Normally, abdominoplasty is performed to improve loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen area. However, sometimes other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift are done to further improve the overall look and feel of the body. When this combination type surgery exists, it is known as a “mommy makeover." It is very popular among women after pregnancy who wish to get their pre-pregnancy body and shape back to normal.
Unfortunately, with a tummy tuck surgery, scars are unavoidable. However, extra measures are taken to make sure that scarring is minimal. The incision line is placed in areas that may be concealed by undergarments. Previous C-section scars will be incised in the same spot for the tummy tuck. During the healing process, we will provide a post-operative protocol that includes scar treatment to help assist the scars in becoming less visible.
It is our recommendation that women who decide to have more children delay a tummy tuck procedure. The stretching of the skin as a result of another pregnancy may reduce the positive outcome of this procedure.