What is a tummy tuck?

The most common causes of loose abdominal skin and weakened or separated stomach muscles include:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

With this procedure, the overall appearance and definition of the abdomen can be significantly improved, addressing concerns such as a stomach bulge, loose skin, and stretch marks.
Many of us aspire to be physically fit and engage in regular exercise and dieting. However, these methods aren’t always effective or productive in creating the desired aesthetic results.

Full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

If a patient is bothered by stubborn fat and/or excess skin folds above and below the belly button, full abdominoplasty may be necessary. During this version of the tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look, and the belly button is relocated in a more youthful-looking location. The procedure begins with a horizontal or U-shaped incision just above the groin area, running from hip bone to hip bone. This approach provides the most drastic improvement in overall abdominal shape and tone. Tummy tucks are a popular procedure for those who have undergone dramatic bodily changes due to major weight loss or pregnancy.

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Radiance by Roller offers three variations on the tummy tuck procedure:

  • Full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Mini tummy tuck
  • Panniculectomy

Benefits of a full tummy tuck include:

  • A flatter and smoother abdomen
  • Reduced appearance of stretch marks
  • Enhanced comfort in clothing and overall confidence

    Mini tummy tuck

    A popular variation of abdominoplasty is called the mini-tummy tuck. This procedure uses a shorter incision just above the pubic region, similar to the incision for a C-section. A mini tummy tuck is used to tighten the lower abdominal muscles and remove excess lower abdominal skin and fat.
    The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck is a patient whose main area of concern is below the belly button. Recovery time after this procedure is shorter than for a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck doesn’t reposition the belly button; however, it does remove excess skin and tissue and repair weak abdominal muscles.

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    Panniculectomy

    A panniculectomy removes excess skin and tissue from the lower abdomen. Unlike a tummy tuck, this procedure does not tighten the abdominal muscles. A panniculectomy is most helpful for individuals who want to be free of excess, saggy skin from the lower abdomen, sometimes referred to as an “apron” that covers the groin.

    In general, you may be a good panniculectomy candidate if:

    • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
    • You have realistic expectations
    • You are a nonsmoker
    • You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
    • You have recurring or persistent rashes or infections underneath a hanging, apron-like fold of skin
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    Why choose us for your tummy tuck?

    Radiance by Roller provides a variety of treatments to help patients achieve greater wellness and radiate beauty in every aspect of their lives. Through anti-aging treatments, skin rejuvenation, and post-bariatric aesthetic procedures, we take a comprehensive approach to medical spa treatments. With services tailored to every individual’s needs, patients can expect excellent, personalized results. Dr. Josh Roller and Dr. Kaitlyn Paine’s extensive experience in post-weight-loss surgery and qualifications provide added assurance and confidence in his procedures, making Radiance by Roller a top choice for your abdominoplasty procedure.

    Recovery after abdominoplasty

    The recovery period following an abdominoplasty procedure depends largely on whether you received a full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, or panniculectomy. Typically, the more extensive the surgery, the lengthier and more complex the recovery process will be. In some cases, it can take up to 6 weeks for a full recovery. 

    What is the recovery period like after a mini tummy tuck and panniculectomy?

    The recuperation from less intensive procedures – such as mini tummy tucks and panniculectomies can often be accomplished in just a few weeks. During the healing process, it is important to follow the doctor's instructions for care precisely; this includes wearing any prescribed compression clothing for the necessary length of time and avoiding strenuous physical activity. Furthermore, it is imperative that you rest adequately to ensure a complete and successful recovery from your procedure.

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