St. Louis & Chesterfield, Missouri
Want to refresh your midsection? Learn more about the tummy tuck procedure from your Chesterfield plastic surgeon.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure intended for abdominal tightening. Customized to each patient’s needs, the tummy tuck has helped many men and women reconnect abdominal muscles that have separated and smooth the surface of their skin by removing excess tissue.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Every person has a unique physical stature, and individual concerns. We plan abdominoplasty to accomplish specific goals. For one patient, that may be to tighten up skin that has become saggy years after pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery may be referred to as “mini,” “standard,” or “extended.”
Different Types of Abdominoplasty
- Mini Tummy Tuck – A mini-tuck is great for the generally fit person with a stubborn muffin top that won’t subside. The area of focus in the mini tummy tuck extends from the lower abdomen to the navel. Incisions are so small that this procedure is often referred to as a scar-less tummy tuck.
- Standard Tummy Tuck – A standard tummy tuck removes a larger area of skin and tissue. In some cases, liposuction accompanies the tuck procedure. Incisions in the standard tuck may run from hip to hip, just above the pubic area, where any scarring can be hidden beneath underwear or a bathing suit. This surgery may be ideal for the man or woman who has a substantial amount of loose skin, or whose muscles have become excessively lax after pregnancy or weight loss.
- Extended Tummy Tuck- The extended tummy tuck addresses excess skin and tissue across the abdomen, as well as the flanks or back. Some patients choose the extended tuck to lift and tighten the abdominal wall, as well as the buttocks.
Tummy Tuck candidates
Many people are good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. This procedure is often sought by women who want to get back the body they once had, the one that was changed by motherhood. Men also make good candidates for abdominoplasty, which can tighten and tone their core after substantial weight loss.
What happens before Tummy Tuck surgery?
After an in-depth consultation, we perform a thorough health examination and medical history on patients interested in this procedure in order to maintain a high safety standard. Pre-surgery instructions may include recommendations for medication use and lifestyle habits. Smoking inhibits tissue healing, so we encourage patients to stop smoking several weeks before their procedure, and to avoid tobacco use for several weeks after surgery.
Tummy Tuck Results
The results that one obtains from abdominoplasty are better than a non-surgical method of body sculpting. Patience is an important factor in a satisfying experience. While the body will look different immediately following surgery, the disruption of tissue does cause swelling.
Abdominoplasty Before and After
My results were better than anything I could have thought possible. Dr. Gurley and her staff were wonderful to work with, addressed all of my concerns and were always available for questions.* View more patient testimonials»
Recovery after Abdominoplasty
We support patients through their recovery process, and encourage them to take notice of the small but gradual improvements that occur as each day goes by. Swelling progressively subsides over months, with the most dramatic changes taking place in the first four weeks after surgery.
Tummy Tuck Alternative
Several non-surgical body-sculpting procedures have been developed in recent years. Science has discovered ways of harnessing the power of radio-frequency as well as freezing temperatures. However, it is important to research the full capabilities of non-surgical treatments. Freezing fat, for instance, may produce subtle reduction of waist circumference. However, the skin and connective tissue do not respond to cool temperatures; if they are lax, they will remain that way.
Schedule a consultation
We are happy to speak with patients from the Chesterfield area about body sculpting with tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, or a total body makeover. Call (636) 812-4300.