If you would like to achieve a more toned, flat stomach, then a tummy tuck may be the ideal procedure for you. The procedure removes loose skin and excess fat and tightens abdominal muscles, often achieving dramatic results that can help you look and feel your very best.
Dr. John Corey has found that the best way to achieve exceptional tummy tuck results is to sculpt the entire waistline, not just the abdomen. By doing this, you may be able to drop several pants sizes and feel more confident showing off your body when wearing form-fitting clothing or a bikini on the beach.
This page will provide you with an overview of the tummy tuck procedure, but it cannot make recommendations about your specific case. In order to find out whether a tummy tuck is right for you, we recommend that you speak with Dr. Corey in person. Please call 855-515-4177 today to schedule a consultation at our Scottsdale plastic surgery office.
Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck
Ideal tummy tuck candidates:
- Are in good overall health
- Have loose abdominal muscles which can benefit from tightening
- Have excess skin and/or excess fat in the abdominal region
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit prior to the procedure and through the duration of the tummy tuck recovery period
Tummy tucks are often performed as part of a mommy makeover to help women restore their stomach to its pre-pregnancy appearance. The procedure is an excellent way to tighten abdominal muscles that have become loose or stretched during pregnancy.
In addition, patients who have recently undergone significant weight loss are often good tummy tuck candidates. The procedure can eliminate the excess, hanging skin that is often left after massive weight loss, enabling you to look as good as you feel.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
You will experience many benefits after your tummy tuck. Some of the most common include:
- Slimmer, more contoured stomach region
- Tighter stomach muscles
- Improved appearance of stretch marks caused by pregnancy
- Elimination of loose, hanging skin caused by pregnancy or weight loss
- Customizable procedure that reflects your unique aesthetic goals
- Places the finishing touches on weight loss efforts and provides motivation for staying healthy in the future
What is the difference between a Mini-Tummy Tuck and a Full Tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty?
The technical difference is that no incision is made around the belly button and nothing is done to the upper abdomen, either skin or muscle, with a mini-tummy tuck. Usually the scar is not quite as long as well. This is for women that feel good about most of their abdomen but may only have a small flap of extra skin that hangs over down at the bottom of their tummy. This may be from a c-section scar as well. This procedure seems to not be as popular as it once was. That may be because women really do want as much tightening as possible nowadays.
What is the “Maxi-Mini” Tummy Tuck that Dr. Corey talks about?
There is a procedure that Dr. Corey performs where a woman doesn’t have a lot of loose skin above the belly button, but she does have some. And her abdominal wall may be stretched out all the way up to her ribs as well. So she needs the muscle tightening all the way from ribs down, like a full tummy tuck, but only needs the skin tightening of a mini-tummy tuck. The “Maxi-Mini Tummy Tuck” (also known as a “belly button float” or a “belly button slide” or “mini-tummy tuck with umbilical relocation) does all of this. The incision is usually between a full and a mini tummy tuck and the skin is lifted off the underlying muscles to the level of the belly button, just like a mini-tummy tuck. But at this point, the belly button is disconnected from underneath and the skin elevation continued up to the ribs. The abdominal wall is then tightened, as it is in a full tummy tuck, and then the upper abdominal skin pulled tight. The belly button is moved down just a bit, maybe ½ inch, and the lower abdominal skin pulled even tighter. So the patient gets the full abdominal wall and muscle tightening as she would with a full tummy tuck, but avoids the incision around the belly button, while still getting lower abdominal skin tightening as she would with a mini-tummy tuck! Recovery is much like a Full Tummy Tuck.
You can get a better understanding of the results that can be achieved by viewing our tummy tuck before and after gallery.
To learn more about the procedure, please read the following pages:
Please contact Dr. John Corey today to schedule your initial tummy tuck consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler, Arizona.