Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

A “tummy tuck” helps you reclaim a thinner and more toned body contour. Removing excess fat and skin in the abdominal area helps flatten your abdomen and tighten your abdominal muscles. This not only enhances your physical appearance, but can also bolster your self-confidence and help you develop a more positive self-image. Keep in mind that a tummy tuck is best suited for you if you are unable to eliminate your protruding abdomen through exercise and dieting. For better results, you may also want to postpone your tummy tuck surgery if you are anticipating future pregnancy or weight loss.

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Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

Tummy Tuck Procedure

During your initial consultation, Dr. Davidson will work with you to determine realistic goals and discuss your options. Together, you will decide which specific procedures are best for you. Many patients decide to include other procedures such as liposuction with their tummy tuck so their hips can be shaped to match their smaller tummy. In addition, if you are already planning an operation such as a hysterectomy or a general surgical procedure such as a hernia repair, Dr. Davidson can combine your tummy tuck with the other procedure.

Two procedures are available to you depending on your needs: the full tummy tuck or the “mini” tummy tuck for those who only need their lower belly reduced. The incision through which Dr. Davidson will remove excess fat and skin will be made along your lower waistline and is one that can often be concealed below a bathing suit. The abdominal muscles will then be tightened and set into place.

Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

Tummy Tuck Recovery

You may experience some pain and swelling in the abdominal area during the first few days following the procedure and Dr. Davidson will advise you on other precautions to take following the surgery. Typically, you can expect recovery to take several weeks.

Since it generally requires separation of your naval from the tissue surrounding it, the full procedure will have a greater effect in reducing the size of your abdomen, and the recovery time will be longer. The partial procedure, on the other hand, usually has shorter recovery times and results in a smaller scar.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

An abdominoplasty, which is also known as a “tummy tuck”, is a procedure where excess fat and skin is removed from the abdominal area. This surgery helps to tighten the muscles in the abdominal area and make it appear flat. This can boost self-confidence as well as enhance your appearance, making you feel more comfortable in your clothing.

A tummy tuck is ideal for patients who have tried to improve the appearance of the stomach through diet and exercise, but have not achieved the results they want. It can also work wonders to restore the body to a pre-pregnancy state, although doctors do not recommend having one if you pan to have more children as future pregnancies can undo the improvements made with a surgery.

From your first consultation for a tummy tuck, Dr. Davidson will work alongside you to ensure that you get exactly what you want out of your surgery. He can make an assessment of realistic goals and give you a range of options to consider. If you are considering multiple surgeries, we can also help you to plan out what can be combined so you can get the most out of the experience. Whether you want a bit of liposuction to accentuate that tummy tuck or several different types of plastic surgery, we can assist you.

Did you know there are several different types of tummy tuck? If you only have problems with your lower belly, you can opt for the “mini” tummy tuck, which focuses on this common problem area. The incision is carefully placed so it can be hidden by a bathing suit bottom, making it a more appealing option for women who are worried about visible scarring. The abdominal muscles will also be tightened, giving the belly a flatter appearance.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

On the average, recovery time from a tummy tuck, patients will take two-three weeks. Dr. Davidson can advise you on the best road to recovery and what precautions to take to avoid any post-surgical injury. If you opt for the “mini” tuck, you may have a shorter recovery time, but the full tummy tuck may take longer since it normally requires the separation of your navel from the tissue that surrounds it. This is a delicate process and you must allow it sufficient time to heal properly.

If you are interested in a Plastic Surgery procedure not found on this site, please fill out our contact form for any additional inquiries.



What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that helps you achieve a thinner, flatter and more toned stomach. A tummy tuck can boost your self-confidence and help improve your self-image.

Both men and women can have a protruding abdomen as a result of aging, pregnancy, heredity, weight fluctuations and previous abdominal surgery. women who’ve had babies may experience saggy, loose skin. Even though their pregnancy days are behind them, their tummies can sometimes look like deflated balloons – despite a healthy diet and vigorous exercise program.

A tummy tuck is best suited for you if you want a tight, flat stomach, but are unable to eliminate your protruding abdomen through exercise and dieting. During the procedure Dr. Davidson will tighten your abdominal muscles, as well as remove excess fat and skin.

The First Step

You are a great candidate for a tummy tuck if you:

  • Do not smoke.
  • Are in good medical health.
  • Have a healthy, stable body weight.
  • Are not planning any future pregnancies.
  • Have realistic expectations for what a tummy tuck procedure can do for you.

Every person is different and we’d be delighted to talk about your needs and desires. Please call our office at 781-237-7700 and make an appointment to meet Dr. Davidson.

What to Expect During Your Consultation with Dr. Davidson

This is your opportunity to meet Dr. Davidson. There are many choices in plastic surgery and Dr. Davidson wants you to make an informed decision. So be ready to ask questions and discuss the results you want from your surgery.

Dr. Davidson will work with you to determine realistic goals and to discuss your options. Together, you will decide which specific procedures are best for you. Many patients decide to include other procedures such as liposuction with their tummy tuck so their hips can be shaped to match their smaller tummy. In addition, if you are already planning an operation such as a hysterectomy or a general surgical procedure such as a hernia repair, Dr. Davidson can combine your tummy tuck with the other procedure.

During your consultation, Dr. Davidson will ask you many questions about your medical history and your reasons for wanting a tummy tuck. It is important that you answer his questions honestly and openly. Knowing your medical history and expectations is critical to making sure the surgery is safe and successful.

Dr. Davidson will ask you about:

  • Previous surgeries, medical conditions and medical treatments.
  • Current medical conditions.
  • Drug and medication allergies.
  • Medications, supplements and vitamins that you’re taking.
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs.
  • Current body weight and body weight fluctuation.
  • Why you want a tummy tuck.
  • Your desired results from the tummy tuck.
  • Pre-Operative Classification System

During your consultation, Dr. Davidson will evaluate your abdominal area and explain the type of surgery that will provide the best results. Abdominoplasty recommendations are based on a classification system that evaluates your amount and location of excess skin and fat, as well as the muscle laxity. Once Dr. Davidson has conducted a physical exam, he will recommend which procedure will work best for you.

Type 1. Patients have good skin elasticity and good muscle tone. There is no abdominal wall laxity. These patients can generally get the look they want through liposuction.

Type 2. Patients have mild abdominal laxity, extra skin and muscle separation. The problem area is most notable under their belly button. In this situation, you can opt for the “mini” tummy tuck, which focuses on the lower belly. The incision is carefully placed so it can be hidden by a bathing suit bottom, making it a more appealing option for women who are worried about visible scarring. The abdominal muscles will also be tightened, giving the belly a flatter appearance.

Type 3. Patients have muscle wall laxity, abnormal fat distribution and significant extra skin, particularly below the belly button. They also have significant stretch marks. In this situation, Dr. Davidson will remove excess fat and skin through an incision along your lower waistline. The abdominal muscles will then be tightened and set into place. This incision can often be concealed below a bathing suit

Type 4. Patients have severe upper and lower flaccid skin, lax muscles and extra fat throughout their abdominal area. In this case, the belly button will need to be repositioned after surgery. Dr. Davidson will make the incision along your lower waistline so that it can be concealed by a bathing suit or underwear.

Moving Ahead

If you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, Dr. Davidson will:

  • Discuss the best options and course of treatment.
  • Explain any potential risks and complications.
  • Discuss how to prepare for your tummy tuck – including instructions for the day of surgery.
    Explain what to expect following your tummy tuck.
  • Take photographs for your medical record.
  • Answer your questions.

Preparing for the Tummy Tuck Procedure

Stop Smoking. Tobacco inhibits your body’s ability to heal. As a result, you will need to stop smoking for several months before your abdominoplasty.

We want to makes sure that you are in the best condition possible for surgery. As a result, we may require that you:

  • Have lab tests.
  • Consult your primary care doctor and/or specialists for medical clearance.
  • Adjust or refrain from taking certain medications.
  • Avoid medications (such as Aspirin, Advil or Motrin) or herbal supplements that increase bleeding.

Before Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Our office will give you thorough instructions on how to prepare for your abdominoplasty. These may include making adjustments to your current medications and not eating after midnight on the day of surgery.
Anesthesia

Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout your surgery. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia. You will not feel any pain and will not remember the procedure.

The Surgery

In general, the abdominoplasty takes between two and three hours.

The specifics of the surgery depend on the amount of excess skin and fat on your abdomen, as well as how much your muscles have stretched. In a mini-tummy tuck, the excess skin and fat are removed and the muscles are tightened. Depending on the amount of muscle laxity and skin/fat, the surgery be more extensive and will also include repositioning the belly button.

Your incision will be closed using adhesives, sutures, clips and/or tape. We may also place small, thin tubes (called drains) beneath your skin. These drains collect fluid and minimize swelling.

Post-operative Instructions

You will leave the hospital or surgical center with instructions about:

  • How to care for your incision and drains.
  • Oral medications to keep you comfortable and prevent infection.
  • How to tell if there’s a problem with your surgical site (for example, infection).
  • When to see Dr. Davidson for a follow-up visit.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

You may experience some pain and swelling in the abdominal area during the first few days following the procedure and Dr. Davidson will advise you on precautions to take following the surgery. Typically, you can expect recovery to take several weeks.

Since it generally requires separation of your naval from the tissue surrounding it, the full procedure will have a greater effect in reducing the size of your abdomen, the recovery time of a full tummy tuck will be longer than that of a minni-tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck procedure, on the other hand, usually has shorter recovery times and results in a smaller scar.

On the average, recovery time from a tummy tuck for patients will take two-three weeks. Dr. Davidson can advise you on the best road to recovery and what precautions to take to minimize any post-surgical injury. If you opt for the “mini” tuck, you may have a shorter recovery time, but the full tummy tuck may take longer since it normally requires the separation of your navel from the tissue that surrounds it. This is a delicate process and you must allow it sufficient time to heal properly.

If you are interested in a Plastic Surgery procedure not found on this site, please fill out our contact form for any additional inquiries.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and discuss your options with Dr. Davidson.