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A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is designed to smooth and flatten the abdomen by excising excess skin and fat and tightening the fibrous wall that encases the underlying abdominal muscles. Liposuction is usually part of this procedure as it will accentuate the waist and add definition to the abdomen. Additionally, Dr. Delgado offers the option of a waist enhancement technique that tightens additional musculature (the external oblique fascia) around the waist. This procedure trims and sculpts the waistline and improves the shape of the upper buttocks as a bonus.

Most women seeking a Tummy Tuck have gone through pregnancies and have completed their childbearing. These women have found that diet and exercise, while very beneficial, fall short of restoring the abdominal tautness and contours they enjoyed prior to their pregnancies. A Tummy Tuck allows a woman to achieve a level of body sculpturing that cannot be achieved by any other means. An additional benefit is that some (but not all) stretch marks can be eliminated with the removal of the excess skin. The navel (belly button or umbilicus) is remodeled as a consequence of the skin tightening procedure and this is described in more detail later (see OPERATIVE TECHNIQUE below).

In viewing the before and after photos, you will notice the consistent results of flatter, sleeker abdominal profiles, with more emphasis of the waistlines.

As the majority of people seeking a Tummy Tuck are women whose bodies have been altered by their pregnancies, the term "Mommy Makeover" has been coined. A "Mommy Makeover" includes a tummy tuck, very often accompanied by a breast lift or breast augmentation, as well as liposuction of areas such as the inner and/or outer thighs, flanks and post iliac crests. In response to the popularity of the "Mommy Makeover," we have created a separate section that showcases that group of procedures. Please review the "Mommy Makeover" section, especially for the before and after photos.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
OTHER OPTIONS
Before Tummy Tuck Surgery
DAY OF SURGERY
ANESTHESIA
After Tummy Tuck Surgery
RISKS, COMPLICATIONS & RESULTS
Will I be able to have children after a tummy tuck?
How significant are my scars following my tummy tuck procedure?
When can I return to work?
Will I be able to return home the same day as my tummy tuck?
What type of anesthesia is administered during a tummy tuck?
How long does a tummy tuck procedure take?

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