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Tummy Tuck

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

It is normal for the human body to store a moderate amount of fat in the abdominal area. Unfortunately for many men and women, the waistline can develop excess fat that bulges and causes discomfort and dissatisfaction with your appearance. For those who have been pregnant or lost a massive amount of weight, the midsection may also have sagging skin and stretch marks. Another issue is that the stomach muscles may become loose and flaccid, unable to engage and keep your core tight and firm. Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, addresses all of these issues by tightening weak muscles (internal corset), removing excess fat, and trimming away excess skin to create a firmer, flatter, and tighter abdomen.

The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

  • A flatter, smoother waistline
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved overall appearance
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Achieved With Tummy Tuck Surgery

With tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Chin recreates the appearance of a naturally firm and flat stomach. Tightening the abdominal wall forces the muscles to re-engage and create a firmer midsection. Elimination of excess fat and removal of sagging skin creates the smooth and natural look reminiscent of a body that was never pregnant or overweight.

When excess fat accumulates around the stomach, your abdomen may develop bulges and rolls that overlap your pants or show through your clothing. Tummy tuck surgery reshapes your abdomen so that the rolls and bulges are smoothed out and replaced by a toned, firm, and flat waistline.

A tummy tuck has health benefits in addition to cosmetic benefits. While the procedure’s primary purpose is to improve your appearance, removing excess stomach fat and skin is expected to improve your comfort, self-esteem, and hygiene. Additionally, tightening the stomach muscles may lead to improved posture and back discomfort.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Dr. Chin can perform either a mini, modified, or full tummy tuck.

A mini tummy tuck primarily removes the loose skin in the lower abdomen through a low horizontal incision. In a modified tummy tuck, more excess skin and fat is removed, and the lower abdominal muscles are tightened. In a full tummy tuck, an additional circular incision is made around the navel. Dr. Chin will remove excess fat, tighten and tighten the stomach muscles above and below the navel, and tighten the skin. He will also trim away any excess skin from the navel to the pubic area and create a new navel shape in its appropriate location.


A: Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery have realistic expectations, are in good physical health, and are at or near their ideal body weight. You should also be a non-smoker and have no plans to become pregnant in the future. Candidates should have excess stomach fat, loose skin, and weak abdominal muscles to qualify for tummy tuck surgery.
A: Patients looking to undergo body contouring surgery are often unaware of which procedures will benefit them the most.

Liposuction does not affect the stomach muscles or skin, which makes it ideal for patients who only need fat removal to improve their waistlines. Tummy tuck surgery is better for those who have unwanted stomach fat that is accompanied by loose stomach muscles and sagging skin. With liposuction alone, the flaccid abdominal muscles will still protrude, and the skin may not contract sufficiently and appear wrinkled or irregular especially in a sitting position.
A: You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your tummy tuck procedure and stay to assist you for one to two days. Expect some swelling, bruising, fatigue, and soreness during the first week, but know that these will all subside over the following weeks. Dr. Chin will prescribe you with oral medications to relieve any pain and to help your body heal. If a drain is used, it is usually removed after one week. Most patients will feel ready to return to work after 10 to 14 days. Before this point, rest often, go on short walks to promote circulation, and wear your compression garments as instructed. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks.
A: Some degree of pain and swelling can be expected after tummy tuck surgery. Pain medications will provide relief during the first few weeks, after which point you should no longer need them.
A: Wherever a surgical incision is placed, you will have a scar. Incisions are placed as inconspicuously as possible to minimize scarring. Your abdominoplasty scars can be hidden by most underwear and swimsuits and will fade over time.
A: Patients can become pregnant after having a tummy tuck, but pregnancy will likely reverse the positive results of the tummy tuck. It is best to wait until after you have had all the children you desire before you undergo tummy tuck surgery.
A: Results from tummy tuck surgery can last for many years if patients maintain their weight with a healthy lifestyle.

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