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A tummy tuck can help you get a tighter, smoother abdomen

Recent pregnancy, weight loss, genetics and the natural aging process are some of the reasons why excess fat and skin form around your stomach. Men and women who have this extra fat and skin, but are otherwise in good physical condition, are typically good candidates for a tummy tuck.


What is a tummy tuck? 

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck pulls the skin in the area taut and can tighten the abdominal muscles, making the tummy look and feel more firm and athletic. With good eating and exercise habits, the benefits of a tummy tuck can last for many years.

Is a tummy tuck a simple procedure?

Our plastic surgeons have extensive experience with tummy tucks and a great depth of knowledge, which you can expect from doctors at an academic medical institution. We can help you figure out if a tummy tuck is the best procedure for you and get results that exceed your expectations.

Mini tummy tuck

For patients with only moderate excess skin and fat, a mini tummy tuck might be a better option. This procedure typically eliminates the need to cut the navel, requires smaller incisions and shortens treatment and recovery times. Your OSU Wexner Medical Center plastic surgeon will help you determine if a mini tummy tuck is for you.
What to expect

What to expect

Your surgeon isn’t only there for you during treatment. He or she is with you every step of the way – before, during and after.

Preparing for your treatment

Your plastic surgeon can explain everything about a tummy tuck to you at your initial consultation and help you figure out if it’s the best procedure for you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. Your privacy and comfort are of the utmost importance to us and will always be a top priority.

During your treatment

Your surgeon makes an incision in the abdominal region, usually from hip to hip. In most tummy tucks, it’s also necessary to temporarily separate the navel from surrounding tissue. This allows the skin of the abdomen to be lifted so the abdominal muscles can be tightened. Excess skin is then removed and the remaining skin is redraped and pulled taut. The navel is stitched back into position and the incisions are closed.

  • Scarring from incisions will be present after recovery, but easily hidden under clothing. Your OSU Wexner Medical Center surgeon is highly trained to ensure minimal visual scarring.
  • Tummy tuck surgery can take two to four hours to complete, depending on each individual situation.
  • A general anesthetic is used and the procedure can be done on an outpatient basis.

After your treatment

You’ll likely be able to return to work and other daily activities after about one to two weeks, but expect the area to fully heal over several weeks. Some bruising and swelling are common and any associated pain or discomfort can be minimized with medication. Be sure to avoid activities that will strain the abdominal area for at least six weeks. Your surgeon will probably advise you to start taking short walks as soon as possible after your tummy tuck to keep your blood flowing and avoid clotting.
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