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Tummy Tuck in Scottsdale, AZ

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Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is popular among women following pregnancy, as well as both men and women after a major weight loss. Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tsujimura, provides patients with this procedure to flatten the stomach by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck improves the appearance of the lower abdomen that is often resistant to diet and exercise. This surgical procedure should be used to tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin, and should not be used as an alternative to weight loss.

Full Tummy Tuck

A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the deep structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is kept in the same position for natural placement. 

Mini Tummy Tuck

Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is kept in the same position for natural placement.

Extended Tummy Tuck

The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and muscles tightened. The belly button remains in proper anatomic location.

During/After Surgery

A tummy tuck is performed under monitored anesthesia care (MAC) sedation in our surgical facility and typically takes around 4 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear an abdominal binder. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided along with a pain pump to help with post- operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks. 

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

Tummy Tuck or Lipo?

Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.

Combination Surgery?

Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a  “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breast-feeding are concerned.

What About Scarring?

Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.

Pregnancy or Weight Gain?

For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.

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