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A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess subcutaneous fat and skin from the abdomen and tightens loose abdominal muscles. The goal is a more youthful, symmetrical silhouette. Tummy tucks do not impact visceral fat (fat within the abdominal cavity), which is most effectively removed by traditional methods like a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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What Is The Procedure Like?

Safety and attention to detail are paramount in every tummy tuck Dr. Bass performs.  Tummy tucks are performed  in our fully-accredited surgical facilities. Tummy tucks require about three hours but can last longer if performed in conjunction with other procedures.

Who's a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery? 

The optimal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are individuals who have achieved a stable weight but struggle with excess skin and fat in the abdominal area that hasn't responded to diet and exercise. These candidates typically have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure and are in good overall health. Additionally, ideal candidates may have experienced changes in the abdominal region due to factors such as pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is crucial to determine candidacy, as they can assess individual goals and medical history to tailor the procedure to meet specific needs.

What Are The Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery? 

Tummy tuck surgery offers several benefits beyond aesthetic enhancement. Not only does it remove excess skin and fat, resulting in a flatter and more toned abdomen, but it also tightens weakened or separated abdominal muscles, addressing issues such as diastasis recti. This surgical intervention can significantly improve body contour and boost self-confidence, allowing individuals to feel more comfortable and confident in their appearance. Moreover, by eliminating excess skin folds, a tummy tuck can alleviate discomfort and hygiene concerns associated with skin rubbing or irritation. 

Which Approach Is Right For You?

There are a variety of ways a tummy tuck can be performed. For this reason, selecting an experienced aesthetic plastic surgeon like Dr. Bass is vital. Dr. Bass will carefully evaluate your body and listen to your needs and goals to determine which method is the safest and most effective for you. The most common abdominoplasty methods are listed below.

Full Abdominoplasty

This method addresses the entire abdomen and requires a hip-to-hip and umbilical incision. The entire abdominal area undergoes liposuction and excess skin and fat below the level of the umbilicus is removed, and abdominal muscles are tightened. 

Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

A minimally invasive approach that uses an endoscope (long fiberoptic tube with a small light and camera) to tighten weak abdominal muscles.  Liposuction can be performed if needed but this method does not remove excess skin.


Appropriate for patients with mild to moderate skin laxity centered in the lower abdomen. This tummy tuck has a short incision and is designed for the area below the belly button. Typically a good choice for younger patients or those who are relatively thin but wish to eliminate their lower belly ‘pooch.’  Liposuction and muscle tightening can be performed as part of the procedure.

Extended Abdominoplasty

This procedure encompasses all that the traditional tummy tuck does and includes the hips and lower back. Patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss are well suited for the extended tummy tuck. The incision extends from the lower belly around to the sides of the body.  When the incision is extended circumferentially, this is known as a body lift.

Fleur-De-Lis Abdominoplasty

This is the most extensive tummy tuck available, and best for those who require significant skin removal after undergoing bariatric surgery. The incision spans hip-to-hip and from the belly button down, in the shape of an upside ‘T’ or fleur-de-lis.

Recovery After A Tummy Tuck

We will monitor you in our clinic for an hour or longer immediately after your procedure. After that, a relative, friend, or medical aide will accompany you home and assist you for the first few days after surgery. Dr. Bass recommends that his patients take one to two weeks off from work, depending on the scope of their procedure.

While sleeping, patients should rest in a ‘jack-knife position’ with pillows placed under their knees and behind their back. After four to six weeks, patients can typically be cleared for moderate exercise by Dr. Bass. The complete healing process will take around three months.

How Will I Look After A Tummy Tuck?

Discover a silhouette you’ll love. After the procedure, your silhouette will be slimmer and more contoured. Your abdominal wall will be tighter and appear flatter, and your belly and waist will be sculpted to be more proportional. If you have stretch marks on your lower abdomen, these will largely be removed.

Results vary based on skin quality, underlying bone structure, extent of visceral fat and your heredity. Incisions can be effectively hidden by clothing and most bathing suits.  Dr. Bass will counsel you on care and treatment of the incisions for best results.

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Why Choose Dr. Bass For Your Tummy Tuck? 

Dr. Bass is double-board certified and nationally recognized for his expertise in body sculpting. He has lectured extensively on surgical and non-surgical body contour treatments and been published in numerous medical publications. Dr. Bass has also taught other surgeons, both in residency and those with established practices. Contact Bass Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQs:

What are the different types of tummy tuck procedures?

Will there be visible scarring after a tummy tuck?

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

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What are the different types of tummy tuck procedures?

There are several types of tummy tuck procedures, including: Extended abdominoplasty which extends the incision to address excess skin and fat on the flanks or sides of the abdomen. A Mini abdominoplasty targets the area below the navel and is ideal for individuals with less extensive concerns. Full abdominoplasty addresses the entire abdominal area, from the lower ribcage to the pubic bone.

Will there be visible scarring after a tummy tuck?

Yes, there will be scarring, but the extent can vary depending on the type of procedure and individual healing. Surgeons typically strive to place incisions in areas that can be concealed by underwear or swimsuits. Over time, the scars usually fade and become less noticeable.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck can vary depending on factors such as the surgeon's experience, the type of procedure performed, the geographic location of the practice, and any additional fees associated with the surgical facility or anesthesia. It's important to obtain a comprehensive quote from your surgeon during the consultation process.

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