Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Pregnancy, weight gain, and weight loss take a tremendous toll on a woman’s abdomen. A cosmetic procedure called abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. The result is a flatter abdominal profile.

Abdominoplasty surgery, an out-patient procedure takes two to five hours. The most common technique involves a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen just above the pubic area. Your cosmetic surgeon will try to keep the incision within your bathing suit lines, but this may not always be possible. An incision is also made around the navel so that the excess skin above it can be pulled down. The skin is separated from the abdominal wall and the excess abdominal skin is then removed. A new opening is made for the belly button at the proper position. The cosmetic surgeon then pulls loose tissue from the left and right abdomen together, and sutures it together. This will tighten the muscles to provide a stronger abdominal wall. When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a less extensive procedure called a “mini abdominoplasty” may be recommended. This involves a short horizontal incision and can sometimes avoid the incision around the navel. Once the incisions are closed, a firm elastic bandage is placed over the area. Any discomfort can be relieved with medication prescribed by your surgeon. You may be up and around in a day or two, but physical activity should be avoided for three or four weeks. Generally, a light support garment is worn for up to three months following an abdominoplasty procedure. Most patients return to work within one to three weeks depending on the on the extent of the abdominoplasty. Although every effort is made to minimize scarring, the scars will be permanent, gradually fading over time. 

Following your abdominoplasty procedure, you will immediately enjoy the flatter, firmer, thinner waist line that you’ve always wanted!

Tummer Tuck by Dr. Michael K. Kim

Tummy Tuck by Dr. Michael K. Kim


About Dr. Kim

Dr. Michael K. Kim offers a full-range of cosmetic surgery procedures. If you are seeking a more youthful face or shapely figure, the solution to a problem area or method to help beautify and rejuvenate your skin, our practice can make your dreams a reality!

Dr. Kim is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

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