After the body is successfully under anesthesia, Dr. Talebzadeh will make the tummy tuck incisions. The first incision will be made on the lower abdomen at the bikini line and another incision will be made to remove the navel from the surrounding tissue.
Once the skin is separated from the abdomen, the exposed muscles will be tightened and positioned with sutures to create a firmer appearance and to narrow the waistline.
After the abdominal muscles are positioned, the removal of excess skin is performed. In certain cases, the tummy tuck is performed in conjunction with liposuction procedures to remove a larger abundance of fat cells from above the abdominal wall. Once the excess skin is removed, the navel is repositioned to the appropriate region of the belly. Once this is complete, the abdominal skin is draped back and stitched together, and dressings will be applied to allow the incisions to heal.
Partial Tummy Tucks
It is important to note that one can also choose to undergo a partial abdominoplasty. The difference between a partial and complete abdominoplasty is that in the partial procedure a smaller incision is made, the skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached from the muscle fascia less than in the complete procedure, and only sometimes is the belly button stalk divided from the muscle below. In addition, liposuction is commonly utilized to contour the transition zone.