The tummy tuck procedure:
An abdominoplasty will take between two and three hours to complete, under general anesthesia. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure, although overnight stays in the hospital can be arranged as well.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Lohner will make a lower transverse incision, located just above the pubic area, running between the hipbones. From this incision, excess skin and fat are removed. Liposuction, if included in the procedure, will be used at this point; further sculpting the abdomen. The muscles are then tightened to achieve the desired correction. Finally, the remaining tissues will be sutured for appropriate healing.
The mini tuck is a variation of the full procedure. A smaller incision, a bit smaller than a C-Section, is placed above the pubic bone. Excess skin and fat are then removed, and the muscle is tightened below the belly button. The mini abdominoplasty is best for patients seeking the majority of correction below the belly button. Exactly which procedure is used will depend on the specific patient’s needs and desires.