What Does A Tummy Tuck Do?
A tummy tucks remove excess skin from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. The resulting scar is permanent, but can be hidden below the bikini line and will fade with time.
What Is A Mini Tummy Tuck?
If the area giving you the most trouble is below the belly button, you could qualify for a “mini tummy tuck,” or “mini abdominoplasty”
Tummy Tuck Surgery Overview
Patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery will be given either general anesthesia or a local anesthesia with a sedative. A full abdominoplasty will take between two and five hours.
Orange County cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Accetta will make a long incision slightly above the pubic area. This incision runs from one hipbone to the other. An additional incision will also be made to free the navel from the tissue that surrounds it and the skin will be separated from the abdominal wall.
Once the skin is separated, a large flap of skin will be lifted to reveal your abdominal muscles. Your muscles will be pulled closer in order to tighten them, and then stitched into their new position, which will make them firmer and also make your waist smaller.
Next, the flap of skin is pulled down and any excess will be removed. A new hole will then be cut in your skin for your navel. The tummy tuck will end with your incisions being stitched, dressings applied to the incisions, and, in some cases, a tube will be inserted to temporarily help drain any extra fluid that accumulates around the site of the surgery.
If you are having a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Accetta will also make an incision, shorter than that needed for a full tummy tuck, above the pubic area. The skin between the incision line and navel is then separated. After this, the skin flap is stretched down and, before being stitched back into place, the extra skin is removed. A mini tummy tuck is generally complete in one to two hours.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact cosmetic surgeon Dr. Accetta of the Accetta Institute for Cosmetic Surgery in Orange County California to schedule your no obligation consultation and to learn more about tummy tucks and our other procedures.