Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck,” is designed to correct a protruding abdomen resulting from pregnancy, age-related weakness of the abdominal muscles, heredity or massive weight loss. As most of our patients are already aware, these conditions are not likely to respond to diet or exercise as the skin and underlying muscles have been permanently stretched.

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The best candidates are nonsmokers in good health who are near their goal weight and want to improve loose skin, sagging muscles or stretch marks.  Some patients choose abdominoplasty to remove or improve unsightly scars.  Dr. Bern can discuss with you whether a full tummy tuck or a less invasive mini-tuck is best for you

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure

During an abdominoplasty, loose, stretched out muscles are tightened and excess skin and fat are removed.  With a full tuck, the navel is repositioned, although with a mini-tuck this is not necessary.  Dr. Bern includes liposuction of the “love handles” when this will improve the aesthetic result.   We ask that all patients bring a favorite bathing suit or the type of lingerie they hope to wear to their preoperative appointment so that the incision site can be planned.

For those wishing to improve the entire torso, tummy tucks can be combined with  liposuction of the adjacent hips and thighs or with breast augmentation.

Whether related to pregnancy, heredity, weight loss, or normal aging, the abdomen is an area that often enlarges out of proportion to body size. Abdominoplasty is designed to help you obtain a smoother, more flattering abdomen.


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