Tummy Tuck for Washington, D.C.

After pregnancy or significant weight loss, the skin across your abdomen may become loose or excessive. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Center for Plastic Surgery offer abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, to help people from the Washington, D.C., area dramatically restore their midsections by tightening lax abdominal wall muscles and removing excess skin and fat.

Tummy Tuck

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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What Are the Different Types of Tummy Tuck?

Our surgeons are experienced in a variety of tummy tuck techniques, which they personalize to the individual needs of each patient. Options include:

Mini tummy tuck: This least invasive abdominoplasty technique involves a small incision about the size of a C-section scar. It rejuvenates the lower abdomen—below the bellybutton—by removing lax skin, repairing abdominal muscles below the navel, and tightening the skin that hangs over a C-section scar. This option is limited to select patients because most want the entire abdomen improved.

Standard (complete) tummy tuck: This technique involves a low incision placed just above the pubic bone that spans horizontally between the hip bones. A second incision encircles the inside of the belly button. A standard tummy tuck, the most commonly performed technique, improves the appearance of the abdomen from below the ribcage to the pubic bone by removing lax skin (as well as stretch marks on that skin) and repairing separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti). This procedure often includes a panniculectomy to remove skin that hangs over the pubic area.

Extended tummy tuck: This technique extends the standard tummy tuck incision up and around the flanks to remove more skin and fat laterally. This is ideal for people who want a flatter abdomen and some hip contouring.

Our surgeons often combine these tummy tuck procedures with liposuction of the flanks and waist for more comprehensive contouring.

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What Happens During Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Our surgeons perform tummy tuck surgery at both Sibley Hospital and in our private, accredited surgery center based in our Virginia office.  Although most tummy tucks are outpatient surgeries, some patients choose to spend the night for convenience or because they are coming from out of town. We have a special post-op recovery ward at Sibley Hospital for those patients with care by a dedicated nursing staff.

In a tummy tuck, we make a horizontal incision low on the abdomen, just above the pubis in a natural skin fold, separating the excessive skin from the underlying muscle layer of the abdominal wall. This allows us to examine the muscles and their covering layer and to repair any weaknesses or laxity.

Achieving a flat abdomen usually requires repairing this muscle layer. In most cases, we also perform liposuction of the abdomen and waist to help further sculpt the area. We can also use the J-Plasma treatment to further smooth and tighten the skin, if desired. While you are still asleep, you will be placed in a special garment to provide gentle, even pressure. This helps prevent fluid accumulation in the surgical area and protects the deeper muscle repair.

I was very pleased with my abdominoplasty done in 2007. It has given me the self confidence I needed after having had a c-section and weight gain/loss over 10 years. I was blown away by the customer service and the genuine support I received before, during and after my procedure. I have recommended so many people because of this awesome experience at Center for Plastic Surgery.”

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Does CPS Offer Special Pain Control for Tummy Tuck Patients?

Our surgeons use the drug Exparel® in cases that involve repair of the abdominal muscles. This opioid-free drug is administered intraoperatively by injecting it into the muscles of the abdominal wall.  It provides significant pain relief for the first few days after surgery.

Do You Use Drains?

Our plastic surgeons use drains in most of our tummy tuck procedures, although, there is an occasional patient for which they do not use drains. Drains serve an important purpose, which is to prevent fluid from building up in the space that was created by the separation of tissues during the procedure.

In addition, our surgeons typically use the same technique that surgeons who offer drainless tummy tucks use, which is placing internal quilting stitches to tack down the overlying abdominal flap to the abdominal wall. They find this helps decrease the amount of drainage. Because some drainage does develop anyway, using drains to remove it helps speed up the recovery process.

It is helped my self-esteem and helped me to feel better about my overall appearance. Surgeon was great. Answered all questions and was extremely helpful. Did a wonderful job and was available to answer all questions before, during and after surgery. Staff called several times to check on me and how I was doing. Staff was friendly and helpful at every visit.”

~Tummy tuck patient on RealPatientReviews.com

What Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?

Three to five days after your surgery, you will return to the office for removal of drains. You will continue to wear the support garment for three weeks except when you bathe. While you should avoid strenuous exercise or athletics during this time, we will encourage you to walk. Walking will decrease the risk of complications. Within seven to ten days, you will most likely be comfortable enough to resume light activities, although experiences vary. Your return to normal activity levels will take about three weeks.

Complications from a tummy tuck are uncommon. There are rare instances of skin damage that can extend the healing period. Incisions from a tummy tuck are easily concealed by underclothing and swimsuits.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation at CPS

CPS has been helping Washington, D.C., patients get slimmer with tummy tuck surgery since 1986. This popular procedure isn’t just for women—tummy tuck surgery can help men achieve a slimmer, more toned abdomen. Request a complimentary consultation using our online form.