An abdominoplasty, more commonly called a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure in which excess skin is removed from the abdomen while weak or separated abdominal muscles are repaired. This reduces or removes any sagging and creates a flatter stomach.
While tummy tucks can not act as a substitute for a healthy diet, it can restore the look of your stomach after pregnancy or weight loss or when traditional weight loss methods don’t achieve your goals. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, can help you restore your confidence with a better defined, flatter tummy.
Many things can contribute to a sagging or protruding abdomen - previous pregnancies, weight loss, prior abdominal surgeries, or even age - and diet and exercise can't always restore your tone. Fortunately, an abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, can be a solution to achieving a flatter, more well-toned abdomen.
In order to remove sagging skin and repair and reshape any separated muscles in the abdomen, an incision is made horizontally below the belly button and above the pubic area. To remove excess skin from the upper abdomen, a second incision around the belly button is necessary. After the muscles are restored, the skin is put back with any excess removed. From there, the incision is closed. Additionally, depending on how extensive the procedure is, a new space for a belly button may be created. Once finished, the result is a flatter, firmer midsection.
Because every patient is unique, the procedure itself is personalized and you and Dr. Ortiz will discuss your goals and the steps required to get there during your consultation. Because it is an elective cosmetic procedure, a tummy tuck is not covered by insurance. Get more of your questions about tummy tucks answered with our tummy tuck FAQs.
If you would like to restore a flat, contoured stomach after the affects of pregnancy, weight loss, or aging, Dr. Ortiz can help. As a board-certified plastic surgeon in North Raleigh with over two decades of experience, he can help you achieve the figure you desire! Ready to discuss a tummy tuck? Call us at 919-532-2270 or send us an email using our easy-to-use online contact below form to schedule your personalized consultation at our plastic surgery center.