Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, helps our patients in Ann Arbor, MI rejuvenate their midsections after pregnancy or significant weight loss. At Center for Plastic Surgery Ann Arbor, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons has over 50 years of collective experience performing plastic surgery. They consistently provide attractive, natural-looking tummy tuck results that enhance the way our patients look and feel.

Tummy Tuck
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Tummy Tuck Candidates

Candidates for abdominoplasty include women and men who are at a healthy weight and are dissatisfied with the appearance of their abdominal areas in spite of exercise.

Our plastic surgeons perform this procedure to:

  • Tighten loose, sagging abdominal skin
  • Repair stretched or separated abdominal muscles that create a belly bulge
  • Reshape the waist
  • Recontour a misshapen belly button

Intended Result

Tummy tuck gives patients a smoother, flatter abdomen.

Meet Our Surgeons

Our board-certified plastic surgeons have more than 50 years of combined experience in all facets of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. As a qualified and compassionate team, they share a goal of providing a safe and rewarding plastic surgery experience while creating exceptional results worthy of your trust.

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Doctors Credentials - ASPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, realself Top Doctor, ABPSI

Procedure Description

A tummy tuck procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, either in a hospital or an outpatient setting. However, not all patients have the same concerns. Depending on your body, there are three different variations of a tummy tuck that require more or less extensive procedures with varying results and recovery.

What Are the Different Types of Abdominoplasty?

Below is a general idea of the standard procedural options:

  • Mini tummy tuck: This is a less invasive option for those with loose skin from the belly button to the bikini line. The incision for this procedure is made just below the bikini line. The excess skin is then removed and the abdominal wall tightened. A mini-abdominoplasty can be performed under sedation with local anesthesia.
  • Standard abdominoplasty: This popular approach tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscle extending from the bottom of the chest to the top of the bikini line. An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone below the bikini line, then the excess skin is removed and muscles are tightened.
  • Extended abdominoplasty: More extensive than a standard tummy tuck, this tightens the abdominal wall skin, muscle, and the flanks or sides. This procedure is for those with hanging skin not only around the stomach, but also at the lower back. It requires an incision that extends farther around the waist onto the flanks.
  • Vertical wedge resection: In addition to abdominal muscle tightening, our plastic surgeons may also recommend a vertical wedge resection, or vertical extension, which pulls excess skin from the sides to create a more defined waist contour to match the vertical tightening of the abdominal skin. It is often performed in conjunction with the abdominoplasty to yield optimal results. It requires a vertical incision from the lower sternum to the lower abdominal incision.

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Can a Tummy Tuck Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Yes. A tummy tuck is frequently performed as part of mommy makeover surgery, which is a customized combination of plastic surgery procedures that address the changes from pregnancy and breastfeeding. Additional procedures often combined with abdominoplasty include:

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Recuperation and Healing

One or two days of hospitalization or skilled nursing care is usually required after a tummy tuck procedure. Most patients experience swelling and bruising for the first week, so it is important to allow yourself to rest in bed. You may need assistance from a loved one during this week of recovery as movements even to the bathroom or kitchen may provide some discomfort. Light activity is comfortable in 10 to 20 days and you can expect to return to work between two and three weeks depending on your recovery. Sports or heavy activity will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.

Learn more about the recovery process following a procedure here.

Insurance Guidelines

Occasionally, if a tummy tuck procedure is being performed for medical reasons, it may be partially covered by insurance. Usually, the patient is responsible for payment. Surgery to correct diastasis recti, or separation of the abdominal muscles, is not covered by insurance but can be corrected as part of a cosmetic abdominoplasty.

While we no longer participate with insurance, we do offer a self-pay option to give patients the opportunity to receive insurance benefits for medically necessary procedures. With the self-pay option, patients have their procedure performed in the hospital by our physicians. Patients pay upfront for physician fees and are responsible for initiating the reimbursement request with their insurance company. If you have questions or would like to explore this option, please call us at (734) 712-2323.

Your Next Step

At Center for Plastic Surgery Ann Arbor, we look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. Please request your consultation with our easy-to-use online form or call our office at (734) 712-2323 to schedule your visit.

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