Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that eliminates loose skin and tightens the muscles in the abdominal area. One of the most powerful, life-changing operations, this highly customizable procedure can reverse the effects of weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and time to restore or create the body shape that makes you feel most confident.

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Pre and Post Operative Instructions

A tummy tuck is an excellent option for patients who desire a tight, contoured midsection. This procedure offers some of the most dramatic body contouring results, with results that will last a lifetime if you maintain a healthy lifestyle. We typically advise patients to pursue this surgery after they have met their weight loss goals and are finished having children.

Candidates for this procedure typically include patients with one or more of the following concerns:

▪ Individuals who are older or overweight with folds of skin and fat.

▪ Those who have a significant amount of loose skin due to weight fluctuations.

▪ Women experiencing abdominal muscle and skin stretching following pregnancy.

▪ Those who retain excess fat despite longterm diet and exercise efforts.


A smoother, flatter midsection


Tighter abdominal muscles


Reduction of loose skin


Elimination of some stretch marks


Repositioning of the belly button for a more natural look


Before surgery

A patient care concierge will guide you through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During the consultation, your surgeon will learn about your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create a personalized surgical plan.

Your surgeon may recommend a partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck for small changes. A traditional tummy tuck will offer more correction and is particularly helpful for patients with significant skin laxity.

Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop taking medications & supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare & pet care for recovery
Find a family member or friend to bring you home & help you after surgery

During surgery

A first incision is made horizontally between the navel and pubic hairline, strategically placed low enough that undergarments and bathing suits can hide it. To minimize visible scarring, a second incision is made around the belly button within the skin's natural creases. 

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Through the incisions, your surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles if necessary. Barrett Plastic Surgery utilizes a double reinforcement plication technique that ensures the abdominal wall repair does not relax over time. 

Excess tissue, fat, and skin is then removed before the skin is pulled firmly across the midsection and sutured closed with a meticulous five-layer closure method to minimize tension and scarring. Finally, the belly button will be repositioned if necessary to ensure your outcome looks natural and proportionate.

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Surgery duration
4 hours

After surgery

Patients typically experience soreness, swelling, and bruising following a tummy tuck. After the initial healing period, compression garments will be provided to encourage healing and healthy blood flow in the area. Rest and recovery are crucial to healing, and most patients return to work within about two weeks.

Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for optimal post-operative care, including an advanced scar management protocol after the initial healing period. Your surgical team is always available and will closely monitor your recovery in the weeks and months following surgery.

Immediate Recovery Period
2 weeks
Final Results
6 months
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