University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue 4th Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 924-1234
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Tummy Tuck

The plastic surgery specialists at UVA Plastic Surgery perform abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in Charlottesville and Fishersville, VA, to help women and men attain the firm abdominal contours they can be proud of. Our world-class surgeons combine evidence-based surgical techniques with talent and experience to ensure a safe surgery and natural-looking outcomes.

A firm, flat midsection is associated with youth and good health in both men and women. Unfortunately, people of all ages who have improved their health by losing a significant amount of weight often end up with lax, hanging skin and areas of persistent fat. Women who have returned to their original weight after one or more pregnancies are often frustrated by a tummy bulge and stretched abdominal skin. In most cases, no amount of dieting and exercise will resolve these concerns.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)   Case 61 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #61

37 year old healthy, active woman with mild scoliosis in Tampa Florida who was interested in Breast Augmentation and Abdominoplasty. She underwent a "Mommy Makeover" combining both procedures. Her before photos are shown, as are photos taken 2 years after her surgery. She is doing well and is pleased overall with her... Read More
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Case #2

This 39-year-old woman underwent massive weight loss with diet modification and exercise. She is shown before and after a full tummy tuck performed by UVA Plastic Surgery Faculty.  The patient is very pleased with the results and is planning to have additional surgeries including a thigh lift and buttock lift.Visit our world-class... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)   Case 31 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #31

This is a very healthy and active woman seeking a plastic surgeon near Tampa for plastic surgery to improve of the appearance of her abdominal wall.  Despite daily exercise and good diet she was not able to tighten the skin and muscles that stretched out after having children.She underwent full abdominoplasty with a low bikini incision. ... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)   Case 82 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #82

This woman, age 52, underwent tummy tuck surgery performed by UVA Plastic Surgery Faculty. She was concerned with the appearance of her abdomen after pregnancy. The patient is shown before and about 7 months after undergoing a tummy tuck. She is very happy with her results. Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)   Case 35 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #35

This 31-year-old man wanted a flatter abdominal wall and met with UVA Plastic Surgery Faculty to learn about his plastic surgery options. He underwent a full abdominoplasty with liposuction. UVA Plastic Surgery Faculty placed an incision below the underwear line and another at the belly button. The patient is shown before and 3 months... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)   Case 67 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #67

After pregnancy and giving birth, this 28-year-old woman wanted to improve the appearance of her abdominal wall through a tummy tuck and liposuction.She is shown before and 6 months after her tummy tuck combined with small areas of ultrasound assisted liposuction to her abdominal wall. She is extremely happy with her results.  Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)   Case 68 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #68

This 41-year-old woman wanted to improve the appearance of her abdominal wall and visited UVA Plastic Surgery Faculty for a tummy tuck and liposuction.She is shown 1 year out from her tummy tuck combined with ultrasound assisted liposuction of her abdominal wall and outer thighs. She is extremely happy with her results to date. Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?

Women and men from Harrisonburg and Richmond, VA, Washington, D.C., and nearby cities who are interested in abdominal rejuvenation and are at a healthy, stable weight are often good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. Our surgeons perform this procedure to provide one or a combination of the following improvements:

  • Tightening loose, sagging abdominal skin
  • Repairing stretched or separated abdominal muscles
  • Reducing stretchmarks above the navel
  • Reshaping a misshapen navel

Our surgeons frequently use liposuction to put the finishing touches on abdominoplasty procedures by sculpting the waist, hips, and upper back. When excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles are not a concern, liposuction may be enough to provide the desired improvements on its own.

What are the different types of tummy tuck?

Because our surgeons are actively involved in the improvement and development of surgical techniques, they are able to offer the latest evidence-based approaches to abdominoplasty. Each of the following basic techniques is personalized to the patient’s unique anatomy and personal goals:

  • Traditional tummy tuck is appropriate for the majority of patients because it tightens loose skin, repairs abdominal muscles, and reshapes the belly button.
  • Mini tummy tuck is best suited to patients who do not have a lot of excess skin or fat, and have good underlying muscle tone.
  • Extended tummy tuck provides the same improvements as a traditional tummy tuck and reduces stretched, draping skin that hangs all the way around the abdomen. This technique is commonly used for patients after massive weight loss.

Abdominoplasty is commonly performed as part of a mommy makeover, which is a combination procedure that addresses multiple concerns during the same surgery.

What is done during a tummy tuck?

Our surgeons typically perform abdominoplasty as an outpatient procedure using general anesthetic. In most cases, a moderate-length, horizontal incision is placed low on the abdomen just above the pubic bone. A second incision encircles the inner navel (this incision is not part of the mini tummy tuck). Through the incisions, the surgeon separates the abdominal skin from the underlying tissue. Stretched and separated abdominal muscles are brought together and repaired if necessary. The outer skin is then smoothed down over the abdomen and excess is trimmed away.

The surgeon may use “quilting sutures,” an advanced, progressive tension-suture technique, to secure the abdominal skin and tissues vertically from the top of the abdomen down to the horizontal incision in the lower abdomen. The navel is brought through its new location if necessary. For results that look natural, the navel incision is closed with an internal suture technique performed with meticulous attention to detail. The horizontal incision is then stitched closed with equal care and covered with surgical tape.

During surgery, drains may be inserted into the surgical area to prevent infection from a buildup of fluid and to provide optimal contouring results. The “quilting sutures” reduce the amount of time the drains need to be in place.

What can I expect after a tummy tuck?

While discomfort is normal after surgery, our surgeons use anatomic nerve blocks and advanced IV non-narcotic medications during surgery to minimize early postoperative pain. Initially, patients will be unable to stand completely upright; in spite of this limitation, it is very important to get up and walk around carefully to prevent blood clots from forming and help the healing process. While abdominoplasty recovery is a slow process, the vast majority of patients say the initial discomfort and limitations are well worth the improvements they gain.

How soon can you go back to work after tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck patients are typically ready to return to non-physical work and normal activities within 1 to 3 weeks.

Are you ready to find out more?

To meet with one of the world-class plastic surgeons at UVA Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville or Fishersville, request a consultation using our online form or call (434) 924-1234 for an appointment