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What is a Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck is done to sculpt a fit and flat abdomen. It’s commonly performed due to pregnancy, weight loss and age-related changes to the abdominal area.

The tummy tuck is designed to…

  • Flatten and contour the abdomen
  • Remove loose skin and tighten the skin tissues
  • Remove unwanted belly fat
  • Tighten the underlying abdominal muscles
  • Remove stretch marks from the lower abdomen
  • Aesthetically adjust the belly button

Will You Benefit from a Tummy Tuck?

  • Do you have stretch marks, loose skin, and flab on your abdomen?
  • Is unwanted belly flab harming your self-confidence?
  • Are you close to your ideal body weight?
  • Are you finished having children?
  • Does your abdomen look permanently different after pregnancy or weight loss?
  • Are you a nonsmoker or willing to stop smoking for the procedure?
  • Are you in generally good physical health without underlying medical conditions?

If you answered “yes” to all of those questions, there is a good chance that you are an ideal candidate for our tummy tuck procedure in Michigan.

You must, however, remember that a tummy tuck is only suitable for you if you’re close to your ideal weight. Although this procedure involves fat removal, it shouldn’t be mistaken with a weight loss procedure. The surgeons can only remove a small amount of subcutaneous fat tissues. If you’re obese or overweight, you should ideally opt for weight loss programs or surgeries and then use the abdominoplasty to tighten the excess skin tissues following the weight loss.

Your tummy tuck options

Full Tummy Tuck

The traditional, full tummy tuck is the most commonly performed option. It involves an incision that extends from hip-to-hip, along with a cut around the naval. It can address flab, loose skin, and lax muscles across the entire abdomen and often involves repositioning the belly button. This procedure is ideal for women experiencing diastasis recti post-pregnancy, i.e., separation of ab muscles due to pregnancy.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is ideal for men and women who want to exclusively address unwanted flab on the lower abdomen. It involves one small incision and does not require moving the navel. The incision, measuring 4” to 8”, is similar to a c-section scar. The surgeon can also use an existing c-section scar as the incision point. This approach is associated with a shorter recovery time.

Extended Tummy Tuck

If you want your tummy tuck to include removing “love handles,” an extended version of the procedure may be for you. It involves an incision that extends behind the hips and allows for maximum removal of unwanted fat and sagging skin. This procedure might involve a little more downtime, but it trims your entire waistline.

Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Michigan

Your tummy tuck process starts with a private consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeons at Accents Cosmetic Surgery. We review your medical history, examine your abdominal region, discuss your goals, and curate the ideal tummy tuck treatment plan. We collaboratively curate a treatment plan that addresses all your concerns.

Depending on the condition of your abdominal muscles, amount of unwanted fat, and your goals, we recommend the type of tummy tuck procedure for you, i.e., whether you need a mini, full, or extended tummy tuck. We also provide preparatory guidelines, such as avoiding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications a few weeks before the tummy tuck.

What to expect during your procedure

Your tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient procedure in our accredited surgical center under general anesthesia, which means you will be completely asleep. Depending on the technique you choose, the procedure can last anywhere from 90 minutes to several hours. To begin, your surgeon will carefully create incisions in the target areas. The incision style will depend on the type of procedures — a small 4” incision or a hip-to-hip incision.

Although some scarring is inevitable, the surgeon will place the incisions strategically so that they are virtually imperceptible when you’re wearing clothing and swimwear. Through the incisions, the surgeon will remove unwanted fat, tighten your underlying muscles, and trim away excess skin. If you are having an extended or full tummy tuck, he may also change the position of your belly button, moving it to a more natural location on your new, toned abdomen.

Schedule a Consultation

A tummy tuck can make your ideal abdomen a reality. Contact our Michigan office today to schedule an appointment and discover what this procedure with Dr. Berkowitz can do for you. Learn more

Your recovery

The recovery process will depend on the type of tummy tuck procedure and your body’s healing capability. However, you can improve the recovery journey by following all the surgeon’s guidelines and taking all your medications. You’ll have to wear compression garments around your abdomen for a few weeks to minimize swelling. Most patients resume work and normal activities in a week or two, but you must avoid strenuous workouts for at least a month.

You’ll need to adhere to the following general guidelines in addition to personalized instructions from the surgeon:

  • Stay home from work for at least two weeks.
  • Walk lightly around the house as soon as possible to promote healing.
  • Wear compression garments for at least two weeks.
  • Arrange for someone to help you care for young children.
  • Sleep with your head elevated for at least two weeks.
  • Take any prescribed antibiotics and medications to prevent infections.

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