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What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery, also called “abdominoplasty,” is a cosmetic procedure sought after for its ability to sculpt the abdomen into a flatter, more aesthetically pleasing contour. This procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal wall to reduce the evidence of past pregnancies, aging, and significant weight loss. Dr. Calabria has improved the outcome of this procedure with “abdomino-advancing-plasty,” his specialized technique that minimizes scarring, shortens recovery time, and delivers improved results compared to a traditional tummy tuck.

The Benefits of Tummy Tuck

  • Achieves a flat, sculpted abdomen
  • Tightens weakened or separated abdominal muscles
  • Removes excess abdominal skin
  • Removes stretch marks from the lower abdomen
Before and After Photo

With Dr. Calabria’s technique, less tension is placed on the scar, which results in a less noticeable scar and a lower chance of developing keloid and hypertrophic scars.

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Acheived With Tummy Tuck Surgery

Firmer Abdominal Contour

Through a low-cut bikini-line incision, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin is trimmed away to reveal a firmer abdominal contour. Liposuction is often paired with this procedure to remove excess fat and achieve optimal results.

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Shorter Recovery Time

Dr. Calabria’s abdomino-advancing-plasty technique results in a shorter recovery time with almost zero seroma (fluid collection) because of the strategically placed incisions and sutures. Epidural anesthesia is used, which is safer than general anesthesia and also helps the patient return to normal faster.

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Minimal Scarring

With Dr. Calabria’s technique, less tension is placed on the scar, which results in a less noticeable scar and a lower chance of developing keloid and hypertrophic scars. The main scar will be located across the pelvis and can be easily hidden beneath a swimsuit. With a full tummy tuck, a small, unnoticeable scar will also be located within the navel.

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Fewer Stretch Marks

Stretch marks from pregnancy and weight gain can be removed with tummy tuck surgery if they fall in line with the skin that is removed. Because less tension is placed on the incision, more skin, and therefore more stretch marks, can be removed with Dr. Calabria’s technique.

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Tummy Tuck Options

Full Tummy Tuck

  • Addresses the upper and lower abdomen
  • Surgery time: 1 to 4 hours
  • Anesthesia: Epidural
  • Recovery time: 2 to 4 weeks

Mini Tummy Tuck

  • Addresses the lower abdomen only
  • Surgery time: 1 to 2 hours
  • Anesthesia: Epidural
  • Recovery time: 1 to 3 weeks

Traditional Tummy Tuck

  • No key suture placed
  • Less sculpted result
  • Less skin removed
  • More tension on the incision
  • Higher possibility of keloid or hypertrophic scars
  • Longer postoperative time
  • More seroma (fluid collection)

Fewer Stretch Marks

  • Key sutures placed
  • Much more sculpted result
  • More skin removed
  • Less tension on the incision
  • Minimizes scars and keloid and Hypertrophic scarring
  • Shorter recovery
  • Almost zero seroma

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Those who experience the best results with tummy tuck surgery are within 30 percent of their ideal weight and have maintained their weight for several months. The tummy tuck procedure is meant to reduce excess skin and provide a more sculpted appearance, but it should not be viewed as a treatment for weight loss. Patients should not smoke for at least three weeks prior to surgery.
A: Patients will experience some swelling and discomfort after surgery that can be minimized by wearing a compression garment, getting plenty of rest, and taking pain medication prescribed by Dr. Calabria.
A: As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with a tummy tuck. These include bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, numbness, prolonged swelling, fat necrosis, skin loss, and asymmetry. All risks will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation.
A: Patients should plan for a recovery period of about two weeks. Most swelling will dissipate within three to five weeks, and patients are usually cleared to resume regular exercise after six weeks.
A: The final result of a firmer, more sculpted abdominal contour is apparent immediately and will continue to improve as the body heals. Results with tummy tuck surgery are permanent unless the patient gains a significant amount of weight or becomes pregnant after the procedure.