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Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty

Reston, Fairfax, McLean, Virginia - Washington, D.C.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Tummy Tuck Washington DC, Virginia

Washington DC area plastic surgeon Dr. Gartside offers her patients both mini tummy tucks and full tummy tucks. For patients whose excess fat or skin is concentrated in the lower abdomen, the mini tummy tuck may be their best option, while for those whose who have both excess skin and fat of the entire abdomen combine with loose muscles from pregnancies, the full tummy tuck may be more suitable.

The mini tummy tuck use potentials the same incision across the lower abdomen as the full tummy tuck but only a portion of the skin below the belly button is removed. There is little change in the upper abdomen with this procedure, therefore is tends to be ideal for women after procedures like a Caesarian Section or Abdominal Hysterectomy who are not overweight and do not like the “hang over” of skin at their surgical scar.

In a full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, a transverse incision is made across the lower abdomen and generally all the loose skin up to just above the belly button can be removed. This procedure is geared to the women who has had a couple of children, done with child-bearing, and want to regain her pre-pregnancy shape and also women who have lost significant amounts of weight and the skin is loose. Keep in mind that neither of the procedures are going to help control weight.

In both procedures, from the incision(s), the Dr. Gartside separates skin and fat from the underlying tissue and pulls the abdominal muscles together to provide a firm muscular foundation for the stomach. Then, the Dr. Gartside pulls the skin back down over the new structure and removes excess skin and fat, stitching the skin back in place.

Both procedures can also be combined with liposuction for additional body contouring.

They are done in an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient, that means going home the same day as the surgery. These body contouring procedures can last anywhere from one and a half to three hours, depending on what is being done.

After A Tummy Tuck

Follow up visits to our offices in the Fairfax County and Washington, D.C. area for tummy tuck surgery, you may experience bruising, swelling, and soreness around the surgery site. It is recommended that you get up and move around as soon as possible to ease swelling. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. At first, the new contours will not be readily visible. However, several weeks after surgery, swelling and bruising will fade, and new contours will begin to appear. It is important that you maintain realistic goals for your tummy tuck. While body contouring cannot give anyone a “perfect” body, it can form a solid foundation for improvement through both diet and exercise. A few patients will be unhappy with their results, and a very small percentage may require a second surgery. However, most of our patients in the Washington, D.C. area are happy with their tummy tuck procedure and enjoy the added confidence and comfort of a slimmer, smoother shape. For more information on Washington, D.C. area liposuction, tummy tuck, or any other body contouring procedures, contact Virginia plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside today to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation.