What Is A Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as “abdominoplasty,” is a procedure designed to noticeably improve the appearance of the stomach by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fatty tissue. Women and men of all ages typically desire this cosmetic procedure when diet and exercise fail to provide them with satisfactory results.

It can also remove some if not all the stretch marks in your lower abdomen. It is popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles impairs body contour.

Choosing The Right Tummy Tuck

In this surgical procedure, Dr. Aboumoussa will remove your loose abdominal skin and tighten up your abdominal muscles with sutures.


Full Tummy Tuck

Removes excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal wall. After the remaining skin is re-draped, the navel may also be repositioned.


Partial Tummy Tuck

This is often referred to as a “mini tummy tuck” because it focuses on removing just the excess skin and fat below the navel.


Barring another pregnancy or significant weight gain, your results should be permanent, although plastic surgery will not prevent the effects of normal aging. Once the skin is tightened, it will get a little looser as you age, but not much. However, if you gain and then lose a large amount of weight after a tummy tuck, the abdominal skin could stretch out again, negatively impacting the overall contour. Likewise, if you become pregnant your abdomen will loosen again. For this reason, it is best to wait until after you finish having children to undergo a tummy tuck. If you’re planning to lose weight, do it before the surgery.

Dr. Joseph will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you will receive detailed instructions about your post-surgical care, including information about normal symptoms you will experience and your recovery process.

  • The incision for a full abdominoplasty usually runs from hipbone to hipbone, and may be in a V-cut or U-cut shape, so that the scar can be hidden in a bikini. The shape and length of the incision will be determined based on your preferences and the amount of correction you need. You may also have an incision around the navel.
  • With a mini-tummy tuck, the surgeon can place the incision as low as possible; it can be hidden in the pubic bone area. The abdominal skin that is removed is below the navel, and there are no incisions around the navel. The length of the mini-tummy tuck incision will vary based on how much skin your surgeon removes.

The tummy tuck surgery requires general anesthesia.

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Dr. Joseph Aboumoussa is an experienced, highly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose techniques have gained acclaim from his patients all around France, Lebanon and the Middle East.