Tummy Tuck

Masri Clinic: Tummy Tuck Specialists

Putting on a bikini doesn’t have to be so hard. But significant weight loss, childbirth, and other issues can leave your once tight and slender tummy into one with various lumps and clumps of unwanted fat, excess skin, and bothersome stretch marks.

At Masri Clinic, we are proud to be home for the best tummy tuck Michigan can provide. We are the top provider of cosmetic and plastic surgery in Michigan, understanding the needs, concerns, and goals of those seeking the tummy tuck solution. Over the years we have created a seamless, simple, and easy tummy tuck path, helping patients achieve their dream tummies in no time.

Understanding the Tummy Tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty is a medical and cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the patient’s abdomen area. The tummy tuck is most beneficial for patients who have just lost a significant amount of fat, but now have an abdomen with loose extra skin. This procedure leads to a flatter and smoother abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, thus allowing a restoration of the body’s weakened core muscles.

For individuals who have loose, sagging skin, the tummy tuck is perhaps the best (if not only) option to truly remove it. While other procedures may be able to partially hide the excess skin, no procedure can reverse the growth of that skin. The only option then is to have it removed via the tummy tuck procedure.

The tummy tuck also restores or re-strengthens the core muscles in the abdomen. When we are born, we naturally have a slight gap between the sides of the “six-pack” muscles, or the rectus muscle. This gap begins at half an inch in our youth, but lengthens over time due to age, pregnancy, and other factors. As the gap widens, so does the abdomen, giving it a softer and looser appearance. Only through a tummy tuck can the muscles be restored properly.

Types of Tummy Tucks

Patients can choose from two types of tummy tucks: the full tummy tuck or the mini tummy tuck. Your doctor or surgeon will generally recommend the best type of tummy tuck for you, which will depend on a number of factors centered around your body and expectations.

Full Tummy Tuck

The full tummy tuck abdominoplasty is, predictably, the more complex and invasive procedures of the two, and is better for patients who are further from their ideal body weight and abdominal appearance. Patients who are looking for a complete abdominal skin rejuvenation, with significant results both below and above the belly button, should consider the full tummy tuck.

This procedure involves a panniculectomy, a medical procedure which removes the excess tissue and skin from the lower part of the abdomen (the pannus). During this procedure, doctors will also usually perform a liposuction to remove any stubborn fat in the area.

After the excess tissue and skin is removed with the panniculectomy, the abdominoplasty is performed to tighten the abdominal muscles. As the full tummy tuck is a more thorough procedure, the incision is generally long, spanning from the two hip bones, or across the bikini line.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck (partial or mini abdominoplasty) is better for patients who require less dramatic improvements to their abdomen. Patients who can benefit from the mini tummy tuck are those who currently have decent abdominal muscle tone and upper belly skin, and only need help with their lower abdomen, or the area below the belly button. These patients are generally fit and slender, with just a minor issue of excessive fat and skin in their lower abdomen.

When performing a mini tummy tuck, surgeons cut a much smaller incision into the bikini line, ranging from four to eight inches. Here, the surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles beneath the belly button and suck out small clumps of fat via liposuction.

Full Tummy Tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck

Purpose

To cut and remove excess fat and skin in the upper and lower abdomen (above and below the belly button), creating dramatic changes to the body. Can remove stretch marks and large amounts of skin and fat

To cut and remove small amounts of excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen (below the belly button).

Candidate

Patients who need help with their entire abdomen region, typically those who have experienced pregnancy or significant weight loss and now have stubborn fat as well as excess skin with stretch mark

Patients who are at or near their ideal body weight and body proportions, who only need some help with the area below the belly button, where there may be stubborn clumps of fat and some excess skin. Generally patients who are in overall good health

Incision

A full bikini line incision, from hip bone to hip bone

Incision is just 4-8 inches in the bikini line

Pros

  • Dramatic bodily transformation
  • Excess skin with stretch marks is removed, along with fat with liposuction
  • Abdominal muscles in the upper and lower abdomen can be restored
  • Smaller scarring
  • Less downtime than a full tummy tuck
  • Provides help for patients who don’t need significant bodily changes
  • Experience skin tighten

Cons

  • Much bigger and obvious scarring
  • Long tummy tuck recovery period
  • Not best for patients who need dramatic changes to their body, with tummy tuck resulting in subtler changes

Cost

Depends on your location, but tummy tuck cost can range from $9000 to $15,000

Depends on your location, but cost can range from $6000 to $12,000

Purpose

Candidate

Incision

Pros

Cons

Cost

Full Tummy Tuck

To cut and remove excess fat and skin in the upper and lower abdomen (above and below the belly button), creating dramatic changes to the body. Can remove stretch marks and large amounts of skin and fat

Mini Tummy Tuck

To cut and remove small amounts of excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen (below the belly button).

Full Tummy Tuck

Patients who need help with their entire abdomen region, typically those who have experienced pregnancy or significant weight loss and now have stubborn fat as well as excess skin with stretch mark

Mini Tummy Tuck

Patients who are at or near their ideal body weight and body proportions, who only need some help with the area below the belly button, where there may be stubborn clumps of fat and some excess skin. Generally patients who are in overall good health

Full Tummy Tuck

A full bikini line incision, from hip bone to hip bone

Mini Tummy Tuck

Incision is just 4-8 inches in the bikini line

Full Tummy Tuck

  • Dramatic bodily transformation
  • Excess skin with stretch marks is removed, along with fat with liposuction
  • Abdominal muscles in the upper and lower abdomen can be restored

Mini Tummy Tuck

  • Smaller scarring
  • Less downtime than a full tummy tuck
  • Provides help for patients who don’t need significant bodily changes
  • Experience skin tighten

Full Tummy Tuck

  • Much bigger and obvious scarring
  • Long tummy tuck recovery period

Mini Tummy Tuck

  • Not best for patients who need dramatic changes to their body, with tummy tuck resulting in subtler changes

Full Tummy Tuck

Depends on your location, but tummy tuck cost can range from $9000 to $15,000

Mini Tummy Tuck

Depends on your location, but cost can range from $6000 to $12,000

You and the Tummy Tuck: Is It Right for You?

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR TUMMY TUCK?

The most common candidate for the tummy tuck procedure is an individual who has recently experienced significant weight loss (fat or pregnancy). Women who have experienced childbirth tend to develop a pannus; this is the loose, soft pocket of skin that exists above the pubic region.

The pannus can be extremely difficult to lose through diet and exercise, and oftentimes remains permanently. This can bring down a woman’s self-image, affect their hygiene, and make it difficult to fit in certain clothing.

Individuals who are good candidates for tummy tucks fall into the following criteria:

  • For women, they are done having children (as having another child can ruin the results of a tummy tuck)
  • They have excess skin looseness around the abdominal area
  • They are in good health, with no major health issues that may complicate the surgical procedure or react negatively to anesthesia
  • Their unwanted fat is beyond the abdomen’s muscle layers. This means that patients who have “beer bellies” cannot benefit from a tummy tuck, as that kind of fat is deeper in the body
  • The best body type for this procedure is the “skinny fat” body type; obese patients may be recommended to other solutions

While many patients who opt for a tummy tuck are those who have experienced significant weight loss or fat reduction, a tummy tuck is also regularly performed on patients who are close or at their ideal body proportions and weight, but possess sagging or loose abdominal skin and fat. This can be caused by:

  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Unrelated surgeries
  • Aging
  • A history of weight fluctuations

Why Should You Get a Tummy Tuck?

Whether you are considering a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck, the tummy tuck procedure is a great step towards loving your body once more, especially after experiences such as significant weight loss or childbirth.

Aging, weight loss, and pregnancy can significantly alter your body shape and body proportions, and with the tummy tuck, you can find renewed self-confidence and a boosted self-image every time you look in the mirror. Wear a two-piece bikini with confidence once again.

Aside from the obvious cosmetic benefits of a tummy tuck, there are actually several medical benefits from the procedure. These include:

  • Less back pain: There are many causes of back pain or sciatica, but one of the causes in mothers is the weakened stomach muscles after massive weight loss or childbirth. By returning strength and firmness to the abdominal muscles, the tummy tuck procedure can actually help reduce a patient’s back pain.
  • Stress urinary incontinence treatment: Stress urinary incontinence or SUI is a condition experienced by both men and women (particularly women who have recently experienced childbirth) in which the individual has increased pressure on their bladder, resulting in less bladder control. This results in urinary “leakage” during impactful actions such as laughing, coughing, and even sneezing. Tummy tucks are known for helping to treat SUI.
  • Posture improvement: Abdominal muscles play a significant role in helping individuals maintain proper posture. With renewed and stronger abdominal muscles leading to less back pain, patients generally experience a natural direct improvement to their posture, due to the extra support from their abdominal muscles to their spine.

What are the Costs of a Tummy Tuck?

According to a recent survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an average tummy tuck in Michigan and the United States costs $6000 - $7000. While this procedure costs more than the average cosmetic surgery, it is important to remember that the tummy tuck is a major procedure that produces dramatic results, improving a patient’s livelihood for years to come.

It is also a one-time-only procedure, meaning unlike other cosmetic and medical procedures, patients do not need to come in for more treatments for tummy tuck maintenance.

The cost of your tummy tuck will depend on your location, the experience of your surgeon, and the type of tummy tuck procedure required. Other costs may include:

  • Hospital or surgery center costs
  • Medication prescriptions
  • Medical tests
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesia fees

Like any procedure, a patient’s success with the tummy tuck is most guaranteed by the expertise and experience of their surgeon.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure: What Does the Procedure Look Like?

Before – Consultation and Preparation

Your tummy tuck experience will begin with the consultation, in which you and your chosen surgeon will discuss your goals and expectations, any medical conditions or current medications you may have, and your surgical history. If you are a candidate for the tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon will explain the procedure, take photographs of your abdomen, and discuss the possible outcomes and risks.

Should you decide to push through with the tummy tuck after the consultation, there are a few preparation steps required. These include:

  • Undergoing a medical evaluation
  • Avoiding smoking, herbal supplements, and blood thinners such as aspirin
  • If you are on medication, there may be adjustments required

During – Step-by-Step Procedure

  1. Anesthesia: In the operation room on the day of the procedure, you will be administered with either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, depending on your preference.
  2. First Horizontal Incision: The surgery begins with an incision, its size and position depending on the type of tummy tuck (full or mini), as well as the degree of excess skin to be removed. Generally, this cut goes from one hip bone to the other, bending down to the pubic hairline.
  3. Second Horizontal Incision: In some cases, a second incision may be required for upper abdomen excess skin. This incision will be near the navel.
  4. Skin Removal: After the incisions, the excess skin is trimmed away, creating a new belly button opening. The skin is stitched back together with progressive tension sutures, and the new belly button stitched to its proper area.
  5. Possible Liposuction: If necessary or requested, liposuction will be performed to suck away any fat in the abdominal area.

After – Recovery and Possible Risks

After your procedure, your surgeon should provide you with guides on how to properly care for the surgical site, and other ways to maintain your general health. Recovery requirements can vary depending on the patient and the doctor, so be sure to ask your doctor about:

  • How you will bathe
  • When your bandages will be removed
  • If you will wear a pressure garment and for how long
  • When you are required to return for a check-up
  • When you can resume work, exercise, and other normal activities

There are various possible risks with the tummy tuck, including:

  • Anesthesia complications
  • Skin loss
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Fat necrosis
  • Deep scarring
  • Ineffective healing of the wounds
  • Skin discoloration and skin loss
  • Deep vein thrombosis

Be sure to discuss all possible risks with your doctor prior to the procedure. Like any procedure, the success of your results most depends on your surgeon and their experience.

Frequently Asked Questions: Learn More About Abdominoplasty

How visible will the tummy tuck scar be?

The tummy tuck will always produce a scar. Thankfully, a skilled doctor can partially hide the scar in the bikini line, while also minimizing the scar as much as possible. While the scarring will be most noticeable a few weeks after the procedure, it will fade over time.

Should I lose weight before undergoing a tummy tuck?

Losing weight can definitely help with your tummy tuck. Patients are generally advised to achieve their weight loss goal and maintain it for a period of time before undergoing a tummy tuck, as this will mean that more loose skin can be removed during the procedure.

What is an “Invisible Tummy Tuck”?

Many patients ask about the “invisible tummy tuck”, however, this isn’t a tummy tuck at all. The invisible tummy tuck is another name for a waist trimmer or band that compresses the fat around the midsection. While recent breakthroughs in tummy tuck practices have made scarring less of an issue, there is no “invisible” surgical tummy tuck available.

Where can I get more information?

Contact us to find our patient portal where we provide our video gallery, patient stories, patient sources, and patient forms.

Why Dr. Masri is the Best Tummy Tuck Doctor and Surgeon

Dr. Haitham Masri has spent a lifetime working with patients to achieve their cosmetic and medical, and plastic surgery goals. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Masri is a triple board-certified doctor and surgeon who provides a holistic, all-around level of care and attention for every patient he and his team treat.

Contact plastic surgeon Dr. Masri and his qualified team to learn more about how we are the best tummy tuck doctors in Michigan, and exactly how we can help you achieve your ideal tummy. Masri Clinic – for all Michigan plastic surgery needs. Schedule consultation today.

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