Pregnancy, dramatic weight gain or weight loss, and a number of other factors due to aging can contribute to a mid-section marked by excess fat, lax abdominal muscles, and stretched skin. Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” surgery can help to flatten and contour the tummy and hips by removing excess fat and tightening loose skin and muscles in the abdomen.

What it Is

Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure that creates a flatter, more toned tummy by reducing excess fat, skin and tissue in the abdomen. Many patients seek out abdominoplasty after pregnancy or dramatic weight loss or gain. Abdominoplasty surgery can correct a protruding tummy, folds or “spare tires,” loose crepey skin, and also improve the appearance of stretch marks. The procedure itself often begins with liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdomen and flanks. Once the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, Dr. Born will make two incisions—one around the navel and another close to the pubic area from hipbone to hipbone—before separating skin from the abdominal muscles. Using internal sutures, Dr. Born pulls together and tightens the muscle wall, restoring it to a firmer, tighter position and narrowing the waistline. The abdominal skin is then pulled over the new, tighter muscles and the excess skin is removed. A new navel is re-attached in the most natural position and the incisions are closed and held with surgical tape to minimize any pulling.

Is it For Me?

Candidates for abdominoplasty/tummy tuck range in age from 18-70 years of age and are in good health and fit for surgery under general anesthetic. People who have a large, protruding abdomen or persistent hanging fat; loose, stretched abdominal skin; post-pregnancy muscle weakness, stretched skin and belly fat deposits; and anyone who has experienced major weight loss or undergone weight loss surgery, resulting in an excess of skin around the midsection are generally good candidates for abdominoplasty/tummy tuck. If you are planning to have children it is advisable to postpone Abdominoplasty surgery as pregnancy can result in stretching of the skin and underlying muscles and can compromise the results of surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Born will perform a full physical assessment in order to gather the information he needs to develop a thorough treatment strategy. You will also discuss your personal goals and concerns. With all of this in mind, Dr. Born will determine which surgical technique and approach should be used in order to guarantee the best outcome with the least amount of risk. Dr. Born has performed thousands of tummy tuck surgeries throughout his career and is regarded as one of the most accomplished cosmetic plastic surgeons in the industry. Dr. Born understands the nuances of this particular procedure and his advanced techniques, combined with his aesthetic expertise will ensure a beautiful result that suits your body frame and your lifestyle.

What to Expect

The procedure is performed under general anesthetic and can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the case. In order to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort, Dr. Born prefers his Abdominoplasty patients to stay at the surgical suites overnight for observation and care. After your abdominoplasty, a temporary tube may be placed under the skin to prevent the buildup of any excess fluids; this is usually removed 3 to 4 days after surgery. A compression garment must be worn and you will be instructed on all post-operative care before going home. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most find they can return to their normal activity levels approximately one month after surgery. It is important to remember that abdominoplasty is not for everyone. Post-operative complications, although rare, can occur. These may include infection, blood clots, bleeding or oozing, bruising, numbness or tenderness. Surgical revision of the abdominal scar may also be required in some cases to ensure the best result. Dr. Born will discuss all of the potential risks associated with abdominoplasty in detail during your private consultation. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of the doctor, both before and after your surgery. Our pre-operative screening process is designed to determine if patients are indeed ideal candidates for surgery. To view a complete list of complications associated with surgery performed under a general aesthetic, click here.