What is a Tummy Tuck?

Both men and women strive to achieve a flat and/or well-toned abdomen through exercise and a healthy diet. However, sometimes these methods alone are not enough to achieve your goals. Aging, heredity, prior surgery, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations can all take a toll on how our abdomen looks. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removed excess skin and fat from the abdomen, as well as corrects weakened or separated abdominal muscles.

However, it is important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure and is not a substitute for an appropriate exercise program.

Who is a Candidate?

Individuals who are bothered by excess, lax skin on their abdomen or the appearance of a protruding belly due to weakened or separated abdominal muscles can benefit from a tummy tuck. Ideal candidates will be healthy and at a stable weight and have a positive outlook on their procedure. However, it is important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure and is not a substitute for an appropriate exercise program. If you are interested in learning if this procedure is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Willis.


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The Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck addresses the full length of the abdominal wall to achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen. To achieve this, a horizontal incision will be created along the natural curves of the body between the hipbones. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. The abdominal skin will be lifted and underlying weakened muscles will be repaired. Another incision may be created around the belly button to remove excess skin on the upper abdomen as well. Excess skin will then be removed, and the skin sutured closed.


Following your tummy tuck procedure, you can expect to feel sore and experience swelling and bruising. You may be wrapped in a compression garment to reduce swelling and support your new body contours as you heal. In some cases, temporary drains will be placed to collect any excess fluid during recovery. Dr. Willis will give you instructions on how to care for your surgical site, specific concerns to be aware of, how to take oral medications, and when to schedule a follow-up appointment at our office. Depending on the nature of your job, you may be able to return to work after 2-4 weeks.

Contact Us Today

Individuals in the Charlottesville, VA area who are interested in a mommy makeover to restore their body contours can contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery today! Our team will be happy to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Willis to determine the best procedures to help make your aesthetic goals a reality.

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