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Tummy Tuck

Sagging skin, excess fat, and weak muscles in the abdominal region can weaken a person’s confidence. Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, eliminates these problems to produce a flatter and more attractive stomach. A tummy tuck is an excellent way of treating patients who wish to ameliorate abdominal defects that result from significant weight loss, pregnancy, and aging.
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Who Can Benefit From Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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Following Weight Loss

After massive weight loss, it is typical for the skin to develop laxity. Having large, loose folds of skin hanging from the midsection can lead to emotional distress as well as infections and chafing. During a tummy tuck, the extra skin is removed for a more comfortable form.

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Post-Pregnancy Belly

Loss of skin elasticity around the midsection, stretch marks on the belly, and diastasis recti (stretched or separated abdominal muscles) are common post-pregnancy conditions. A tummy tuck can repair these permanent changes for a more satisfying abdominal aesthetic.

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Age-Related Laxity

The face is not the only part of the body that experiences skin laxity during the natural aging process. Patients with loose or excess abdominal skin can benefit from a tummy tuck that may or may not include muscle tightening.


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Tummy Tuck Options

Standard Tummy Tuck

After the skin and underlying tissues are separated from the abdominal wall, your abdominal muscles are tightened to improve definition and shape in the midsection. Stretch marks that appear on the lower abdomen are eliminated as the affected skin is removed. In some cases, liposuction is performed to remove stubborn fat deposits in areas that are not related to the blood supply needed to support the tissue that is moved to replace the resected skin and fat.


Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck treats deformities that fall between the belly button and the pubis. During this procedure, the lower abdominal muscles are tightened, and a small amount of excess skin and fat are removed. The scar is less extensive and shorter than that of the standard tummy tuck. Liposuction can be used more liberally.


Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is for patients with an abundance of excess sagging skin around the abdomen that extends to the lower flanks and to the hip rolls toward the lateral lower back fat. The procedure is similar to that of a standard tummy tuck, except it is meant to treat a wider area as well as one that extends more laterally.


Umbilicoplasty

Umbilicoplasty reshapes and improves the overall contour of the belly button, which may have become distorted with pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, or aging. This procedure may be performed alone or as part of a tummy tuck.


Concerns

Recovery
Most tummy tuck patients can go back to work two weeks after surgery, but heavy lifting and strenuous activity must be avoided for around six weeks. Minimal bending, turning, and rotating at the waist is recommended to allow the skin/fat flaps to revascularize and attach smoothly to the underlying new tightened muscles of the abdomen. Excessive early activity can affect the final appearance of the sculpted surgical abdomen.
Scars
Dr. Karp strategically places the incision along the lower abdomen so that the scar can be easily hidden beneath undergarments and bathing suits. The scar will continue to fade over time, and protecting it from the sun will help prevent it from darkening. If the scar is modestly higher than initially ideal due to factors associated by necessity with the initial surgery, it can be lowered after four to six months when the skin flaps are well-healed and the tissue has softened to allow simple lowering of the scar. This can typically be done under local anesthesia if so desired.
Cost
The cost of your tummy tuck will vary depending on the severity of your condition and the techniques used for your surgery. Other factors such as surgical fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees can also affect the cost of your procedure. A detailed quote will be provided during your consultation.
Pain
Following a tummy tuck, you may experience some discomfort. Pain can be controlled using an oral pain medication and muscle relaxants prescribed by your surgeon. Dr. Karp also utilizes a pain pump (filled with local anesthetic) that significantly reduces pain associated with tightening of the abdominal muscles.

Before & After Examples

ba-1 “I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Karp and his medical team. Dr. Karp went out of his way to make me feel comfortable in my decision. From the 1st consult to the actual surgery I had complete trust in Dr. Karp. His knowledge and expertise in Tummy Tuck is phenomenal. His nurse, surgery tech and anesthesiologist were kind and caring during this whole process.”
ba-2 “Dr. Karp was completely professional and answered all my questions. Definitely very caring at follow up visits and right after surgery. And has a great sense of humor.”
ba-3 "Thus far Dr. Karp and his staff have exemplified patient care. Dr. Karp consulted with me for over an hour at my initial complimentary exam. His staff have always been more than helpful and patient answering my multitude of questions over the phone in the last 6 months."
ba-4 "He was kind and very professional! He listened to me and walked me through the entire procedure and took all my fears away. He really did a great job with my surgery and have been very happy with the way they look and feel!"

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will my tummy tuck results last?

    The results of a tummy tuck are permanent as long as you maintain a healthy weight and do not bear any children following your surgery. Extreme weight fluctuations and pregnancy can compromise the outcome of a tummy tuck.

  • When will I see the final results of my tummy tuck?

    It is normal to experience some swelling at the surgical site for several weeks. It may take as long as three months to see the final results without any residual swelling.

  • How old do I need to be to undergo a tummy tuck?

    There is no set age for tummy tuck surgery; however, it is best to wait until after you are done bearing children to have a tummy tuck. Being at or near your goal weight before a tummy tuck will also help you achieve optimal results from your surgery.

  • Can I combine my tummy tuck with other procedures?

    Many women choose to combine a tummy tuck with procedures like breast augmentation, breast lift, and liposuction. Grouping these procedures is commonly referred to as a Mommy Makeover, and it is an efficient way to save on recovery time and costs.