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A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure, during which your plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It is recommended if you have stubborn abdominal bulging or loose skin that refuses to respond to diet and exercise.

Drs. Perrotta and Luppens have years of experience performing successful tummy tuck surgeries on both men and women and use the most advanced techniques available to minimize scarring and discomfort.

TUMMY TUCK
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GOALS OF A TUMMY TUCK

A flat abdomen or

flat belly

Tighten belly skin

A better defined waist line

CANDIDATES FOR TUMMY TUCK SURGERY

  • Individuals with loose or sagging skin on their abdomen

  • Individuals with a bulging abdomen due to excessive laxity or separation of the muscles of the abdominal wall

  • Women or men who are unable to flatten their abdominal wall or tighten the skin with diet or exercise

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What to Expect at your Consultation

Drs. Perrotta and Luppens will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you. After a focused physical examination, your surgeon will provide preliminary recommendations and explain what you can expect from surgery.

Once your surgeon determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote, which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit. 

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Pre-Op Visit

Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Note that all procedures involve some risk, but major complications are rare. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Luppens will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. All informed consents for surgery will be filled out at this appointment and final payments are due at this time.  You will be notified 24 hours prior to your surgery with your arrival time.

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The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Dr. Perrotta and Dr. Luppens perform tummy tuck surgery with IV sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Younger and healthier patients are able to go home on the same day of surgery, while those with significant surgical risks stay overnight in the hospital.

During the surgery, excess skin is removed, and the deep muscle layer is tightened. Liposuction to remove excess fat is usually performed simultaneously. Your surgeon will make the incisions along the pubic hair line and extend toward the lower waistline, within the bikini line, where they are less noticeable. Occasionally, when there is a large amount of excess skin in the horizontal direction, a vertical incision must be made in addition to the lower, horizontal incision.

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Post-Op Recovery

You will be asked to keep your hips and knees flexed at all times during the first week or two after surgery. You will also probably need to wear a specialized post-operative garment to control swelling and/or protect the deep muscle repair. You will be able to walk around the house the day after surgery and resume light activities within 3-7 days.

If your tummy tuck procedure involved skin tightening only, you can resume restricted work within 7-10 days and full work, including even strenuous physical activity, in approximately 2-3 weeks. If your muscles were also tightened during your surgery, you must refrain from strenuous physical activity for 4-6 weeks. After your procedure, you will follow up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing.

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Visit Tummy Tuck Before + Afters

MINI TUMMY TUCK
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Excess skin is addressed by removal. For many patients, this is all that is necessary to achieve a slimmer look. The technique is known as a "skin only" or "mini" tummy tuck and can be used to tighten loose skin and remove stretch marks located below the belly button, as well as all poor quality skin above and below the belly button.

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GOALS OF A MINI TUMMY TUCK

Flat abdomen

Tighten belly skin

Better defined waistline

CANDIDATES FOR A MINI TUMMY TUCK

  • Individuals with a small amount of loose skin on the abdomen

  • Women or men who are unable to tighten the skin on their abdomen with diet and exercise

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What to Expect at your Consultation

Drs. Perrotta and Luppens will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you. After a focused physical examination, your surgeon will provide preliminary recommendations and explain what you can expect from surgery.

 

Once your surgeon determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote, which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit. 

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Pre-Op Visit

Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Note that all procedures involve some risk, but major complications are rare. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Luppens will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. All informed consents for surgery will be filled out at this appointment and final payments are due at this time.  You will be notified 24 hours prior to your surgery with your arrival time.

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Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

Excess skin is tucked and removed through an incision that runs horizontally and below the underpants or bikini line. The advantages of a "skin only" tummy tuck include less discomfort during the recovery period because no muscle tightening is involved. For most patients, the muscle tightening is what causes most of their discomfort after the procedure. Also, liposuction can be used to do more contour correcting, when necessary, because not as much work is being done under the skin.

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Post-Op Recovery

You will be asked to keep your hips and knees flexed at all times during the first week or two after surgery. You will also probably need to wear a specialized post-operative garment to control swelling and/or protect the deep muscle repair. You will be able to walk around the house the day after surgery and resume light activities within 3-7 days.

If your tummy tuck procedure involved skin tightening only, you can resume restricted work within 7-10 days and full work, including even strenuous physical activity, in approximately 2-3 weeks. After your procedure, you will follow up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing.

For more in depth info, click here.

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