Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can benefit most patients who want a tighter, smoother midsection. Dr. Kimberly Henry can refine your abdomen by eliminating loose, sagging skin. Liposuction can be performed as part of a tummy tuck for beautiful results.
DR. HENRY: Tummy tucks are really, really popular right now. People are having in vitro fertilization. They’re having twins, triplets, and six and seven kids at a time. But, you know, those folks definitely need a tummy tuck. But people that have had one or two children also are a great candidate for abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. That’s the excess skin just stretches when the baby’s developing. And afterwards after the delivery things sort of settle down a little bit but not completely back to, you know, the way they were when they were 18 or 19 years of age. And that’s what people would like to have is a nice, tight, smooth abdominal area, stomach area. The tummy tuck can take anywhere from a couple hours up to four or five hours depending on what’s involved and how large someone might be. We usually combine it with liposuction. But a small amount of liposuction, not a large volume liposuction, just for safety reasons. They usually have a drain, and they keep that in for four or five days, and they wear a little supportive garment. And that is really protective so everybody gets a nice, really smooth result.