Tummy tuck surgery (“abdominoplasty”), a popular outpatient procedure for both men and women, can dramatically improve your appearance and enhance body contour.
Tummy tuck can tighten abdominal muscles, flatten your abdomen and reduce excess fat and unsightly stretch marks that often result from dramatic weight loss or pregnancy and cannot be resolved by diet and exercise.
Ideal Candidates For Tummy Tuck
A good candidate for tummy tuck has one or more of these:
- Sagging or excess abdominal skin
- A protruding abdomen out of proportion to the rest of your body
- Separated or weakened abdominal muscles
- Excess fat around your abdomen
Tummy Tuck Consultation
Dr. Minniti determines whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure during your initial consultation. After reviewing your medical history, the doctor examines you for signs of other pathologies and recommends the best surgical or non-surgical options.
With his experience and knowledge, Dr. Minniti determines what techniques will achieve your goals. The standard procedure requires a horizontal incision within or above the pubic area whose length varies depending on your abdomen’s structure and style of undergarments or bathing suits you wear.
If you have loose skin above the navel, an incision may be made above the navel and excess skin or fatty tissue reduced or pulled down. Stretch marks may be repositioned into the lower abdomen, often resulting in an improved appearance.
The underlying muscle can be tightened to improve the flatness of the abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Where incisions are made and what techniques are used are choices your doctor makes based on years of experience. When possible, the doctor uses a less invasive technique known as a “mini tummy tuck”, requiring a lower, less extensive incision and often combined with liposuction to reduce fat.
You’ll receive detailed pre-operative instructions from the doctor. If you smoke, stop smoking well in advance of the surgery. Avoid aspirins or other anti-inflammatory medications.
Make arrangements for someone to drive you home, stay with you overnight, and drive you to Dr. Minniti’s office the next day. If you require more extensive post-surgical care, the doctor will refer you to an aftercare facility near the surgery center staffed by registered nurses.