Have you always wanted gorgeous, washboard abs? If you find that you’re struggling to get the toned abdominals of your dreams, an abdominoplasty may be exactly what you need. Also known as a tummy tuck, this plastic surgery procedure is designed to get rid of stubborn fat in the abdominal area for a more contoured and aesthetically pleasing body.

There are different techniques used to perform a tummy tuck surgery. There’s the traditional tummy tuck and a partial tummy tuck. For people who require minor corrections in the lower abdomen, a partial tummy tuck will do the job.

How does the Partial Tummy Tuck Differ from the Full Tummy Tuck?

In the full tummy tuck surgery, the doctor makes an incision from the upper part of the abdomen to just above the pubic region, with the objective of reducing the fat and tightening the skin in the entire abdominal region.

The partial tummy tuck involves a small incision in the bikini line and is predominantly designed to reduce the stubborn fat present in the lower abdomen. It is the perfect treatment for those who wish to tone their lower abdominals with a minimally-invasive procedure.

The Partial Tummy Tuck Procedure

Scheduling Your Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, your doctor will begin by analyzing your body as a whole and identifying the areas that need to be treated and provide you with an example of the incision to be made by tracing the surgical path on your lower abdomen. This is also the time where he will give you an idea of what to expect from the procedure and go over any details involved in the procedure.

The partial abdominoplasty is suitable for those who have minor muscle & skin laxity in the lower abdomen and who do not have a very large protruding lower belly. However, if you are currently pregnant or considering getting pregnant, it’s best to delay the partial tummy tuck surgery in favor of a later time.

In some cases, the doctor may recommend liposuction to complement the treatment for even better results. The treatment plan is designed from the ground up to be suited to your own individual needs. Recommendations will be made based on your body type, proportions, and your goals.

The Partial Tummy Tuck Procedure

First, the doctor administers general anesthesia and starts by making a small incision at the bikini line on the pubic region. The doctor will then follow the surgical plan and dissect the unwanted fat from the lower abdomen. He will remove the sagging tissues and the old, sagging skin. Finally, he will tightly pull your skin across your body and stitch it up with medical-grade sutures. This entire procedure takes between 60 & 90 minutes.

Post-Surgical Care

Bruising, tenderness, swelling, redness and pain are common side-effects after the surgery, but this is temporary and should subside within a few days. After the treatment is completed, you will need to take some time off to rest and recover. During this time, you should refrain from strenuous activities. This will give you enough time to heal properly so you can experience the best results possible.

Contact Our Office

If you’re having difficulties getting rid of stubborn fat in the abdominal region, it may be time to consider a tummy tuck surgery. To learn more about this procedure and other plastic surgery procedures you can benefit from, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. James Kurley.