Tummy Tuck Overview

Despite a healthy lifestyle and diet, some men and women still have trouble achieving a flat, toned abdominal area. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons—Dr. Rozbeh Torabi, Dr. Radbeh Torabi, and Dr. Ramyar Torabi—perform abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, for patients who want tighter, smoother abs. A tummy tuck removes the excess loose skin and fat in the midsection with an incision made from hip bone to hip bone (along the pubic line) to tighten the abdominal wall, create a flatter abdominal profile, and generally improve your proportions. If excess skin needs to be removed, a second incision can be made around the navel for this purpose.

Any skin on the lower abdomen with stretch marks can also be removed at this time to improve the skin’s appearance. We provide consultations in our Elite Plastic Surgery office in Phoenix and Chandler to discuss the type of tummy tuck your situation requires and if other procedures may or may not be needed to accomplish your aesthetic goals. We will discuss your body concerns and what you hope to achieve from tummy tuck surgery before creating your best treatment plan. Every patient is different, so results and surgical techniques may vary from patient to patient. If you’d like to learn more, reach out and schedule your consultation today.

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Do I Qualify?

The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery in Phoenix & Chandler, AZ at Elite Plastic Surgery are men and women who are in good health and are at or near their desired body weight.

Tummy tuck surgery should not be used as a form of weight loss but as a means to tone the midsection after having already met your weight loss goals. Good candidates for tummy tucks are men or women who have:

  • Excessive skin around the belly button
  • A weakened abdominal wall
  • Sagging or loosened skin on the abdomen

Choosing the Right Technique

In addition to the traditional tummy tuck technique, we also offer our patients a series of specialized options. During your consultation, we’ll explore each one in detail, and your surgeon will help you choose the procedure that is right for you and your goals.

Mini Tummy Tuck

This procedure involves a smaller incision and is a less invasive alternative to the traditional tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck is typically recommended for patients who are interested in addressing relatively mild skin laxity that is present just below the belly button.

Reverse Tummy Tuck

If you are primarily interested in addressing your upper abdomen, the “reverse tummy tuck” may be recommended for you. This procedure involves the removal of excess tissue or loose skin from the area that sits above the belly button.

Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck

The Fleur-de-Lis tummy tuck is typically recommended for patients who have just undergone a significant bodily change, such as pregnancy or massive weight loss. It involves the removal of excess tissue via an incision made down the belly button and across the pubic bone.

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The Abdominoplasty Surgery Procedure

During the procedure (which is performed under a general anesthetic), your plastic surgeon will begin by making a horizontal incision that enables him to remove excess fat and tissue from the abdomen. The fascia (the tissue beneath the skin) will be tightened, and the belly button will be brought out through a small incision and repositioned if required.

Excess skin will also be removed, and the incision along the pubic area will then be meticulously closed. The result of this procedure is a minor scar that falls along the bikini line for easy coverage. You can expect the procedure to take approximately two to five hours to complete, depending on your aesthetic goals and surgery type.

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Recovery Time and Healing

Tummy tuck surgery requires a gradual recovery process. Patients will need to undergo a post-operative care program and will likely experience the following:

  • A recommendation of a 14-day period of complete rest with reduced activity for around six weeks. 
  • Significant bruising, swelling, and tenderness will be prevalent in the area following surgery, along with a sensation of skin pulling due to the tightening of the muscle and skin tissue. 
  • Gentle movements may only be possible during the initial recovery time following the tummy tuck procedure, with patients encouraged to move around to normalize the blood circulation in the area.
  • There will be some swelling and bruising around the abdomen and belly button. 
  • For the first few days following the procedure, tubes may be used to drain the incision site of any blood and fluid.
  • Some patients may be issued an antibiotic to help prevent infection.
  • Patients will experience some abdominal pain, which is normal, and the swelling can take six weeks or more to subside.
  • It is very important that patients are careful moving around following the first few months of surgery and they will need to schedule follow-up appointments at our office periodically for progress checks.
  • Pain medication will be prescribed during the first couple of weeks, the dressing will be changed, and stitches will be removed.
  • The swelling and discoloration will begin to fade, but it may take up to a couple of months until it disappears.
  • Depending upon the degree of surgery performed, a support garment may be required for several weeks.
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Discover the Elite Difference

Here at Elite Plastic Surgery, we don’t just transform your appearance—we transform your whole experience. Our practice is committed to prioritizing your emotional journey, offering you a uniquely compassionate brand of care, and supporting you in your quest to both look and feel your best. In addition to a robust selection of surgical procedures and a wide variety of non-surgical options, we’re excited to offer our patients a series of advanced wellness treatments that are especially effective when utilized during the recovery period after a cosmetic procedure.

Interested in learning more about how Elite Plastic Surgery can help you? We’ve spent years helping patients in Phoenix, Chandler, and all around the world and will be excited to learn more about what we can do for you. Reach out and set up your initial consultation today.

Risks and Complications

Complications with tummy tucks are uncommon when a post-operative care program is correctly followed. It is vital to remain moderately active after your surgery and not to retreat to bed as the blood circulation requires stimulation. This is to avoid complications, such as a hematoma, which is a collection of blood underneath the skin that will require surgical removal. 

Any scarring created by the incisions will be in areas that can be covered with a choice of undergarments and swimwear, with these gradually fading over time. Fluid can occasionally build up around the incision area. which must be drained off to prevent an infection or discomfort. Some patients who are slow to heal may have a lack of sensation or a numb patch in the tummy area. In order to avoid risks, patients must follow these post-treatment practices.

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Flatter, Toned Abs

If you want to attain a flatter, firmer contoured abdomen and a stomach proportionate with your body, abdominoplasty in Phoenix & Chandler, AZ with our team can help you get your desired results. Walk confidently with a toned stomach on display and show off your new body. Schedule a consultation with Elite Plastic Surgery today and learn how a tummy tuck can transform you. Contact us today and feel free to ask anything. Looking to book a consultation?  Our team is currently scheduling consultations for all procedures.

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