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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.

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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Quality, Experience, Discernment

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.

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