Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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If you have lost a lot of weight or recently had a baby, you may be feeling self-conscious about having loose skin around the middle. A “tummy tuck” (the medical name for the procedure is abdominoplasty) is a popular cosmetic surgery for removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It can be challenging to trim the middle using diet and exercise, so a tummy tuck can help sculpt the mid-section for a firmer, more contoured appearance.

The tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for both women and men. “Many patients complain that despite rigorous exercise and a strict diet, there is only so much they can do to tone the abdomen,” says Michael Alperovich, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon for Yale Medicine. “We can tighten the muscles and remove the excess skin, leaving a scar that is often hidden at or below the underwear.”

At Yale Medicine, our plastic surgeons use computerized 3-D imaging to help you visualize the outcome of your tummy tuck before surgery. Together, we review the plan and make any needed adjustments to ensure you achieve the desired result.

Abdominoplasty is a body-contouring surgery. An incision is made in the lower belly and excess fat and skin are removed. Then underlying abdominal muscles are tightened and the incision is closed. It is the leading cosmetic surgery procedure for women, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The abdominoplasty scar can usually be incorporated into an existing caesarean section scar, if there is one.

There are two types of abdominoplasty surgeries: You can have either a full or a partial (“mini”) tummy tuck. Depending on your individual aesthetic concerns, our doctors can recommend which procedure is right for you.

At Yale Medicine, we often combine abdominoplasty with liposuction, a procedure that suctions away unwanted fat. “There is some hesitancy among plastic surgeons to combine abdominoplasty with extensive liposuction. Some feel it could threaten the blood supply and surgical healing,” Dr. Alperovich says. But Yale Medicine has demonstrated that the procedure can be done safely and with better aesthetic results.