Tummy Tuck Considerations for Men & Women in Phoenix


While you may assume that tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty) are just for moms looking to regain their figure after pregnancy, tummy tucks can benefit anyone who has fat or excess skin. Tummy tucks are also effective for people with weakened abdominal muscles due to obesity, aging or pregnancy. Tummy tucks and/or liposuction can give patients a slimmer waist and a flatter abdomen.

Below are three options if you’re interested in remodeling your waistline. An experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Bass can discuss the your options to help determine which would provide the best results for your situation.

Tummy Tuck Options

1. Liposuction
Liposuction eliminates fullness. The fat that you can grab and pinch on top of your muscle can be addressed with liposuction. Depending upon your skin elasticity, there will be varying degrees of skin retraction.

2. Tummy Tuck with Liposuction
This option works well for those who have abdominal fullness as well as lose or hanging skin even before the procedure is done.

3. Tummy Tuck with Liposuction and Muscle Repair
When people talk of a tummy tuck, they are redefining their waste line. This option gives you the ultimate result addressing fullness, lose skin and muscle repair. This is also referred to as a “full tummy tuck”.

The difference between option 2 and option 3 is basically recovery time. When we repair the muscle (option 3), 10 days of down time is required, so option 3 is for patients whose schedules can accommodate this time frame.

Tummy Tuck Considerations for Smokers
If you’re a smoker, you will need to stop smoking for 1 week before surgery and commit to not smoke for 1 week after surgery. Unfortunately, using the patch is not an option because Nicotine is a chemical that constricts blood vessels and can lead to poor healing or infections.

This surgery is something you’re electing to do for yourself, and you really want your recovery to go well, so quitting smoking is something you’ll want to do. The good part is that if you are currently a smoker, this is a great opportunity to quit smoking and have great improvement in body shape!

If you have loose skin, stretched abdominal muscles and excessive abdominal fat, you may be a great candidate for a tummy tuck. 

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Phoenix Plastic Surgeon