What can I expect during the Tummy Tuck Procedure?
During a full tummy tuck, an incision at the bikini line from hip bone to hip bone is made. Excess skin and fat is removed while sutures are used to strengthen and tighten the rectus abdominus muscles (abdominal muscles). A new hole is created for the belly button after which the skin and subcutaneous tissues are closed in several layers with dissolving sutures.
In a mini or partial tuck, the excess skin and fat is removed below the navel and the lower half of the abdominal muscle wall is tightened with sutures to pull in the muscle bulge. Because the tightening and tissue removal only takes place below the navel, the belly button does not need to be repositioned. Both mini and full abdominoplasties can include liposuction for additional unwanted fat removal.
At the close of surgery, drainage tubes may be placed to prevent build-up of tissue fluids between the skin and muscle layers.