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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Tummy Tuck


The world’s beauty norms have changed drastically throughout time. However, everybody desires a flat and pleasing abdomen. Individuals who do achieve weight loss can face issues such as excess skin and a stretched abdomen. If you have a stretched belly, then it may be time to turn to a tummy tuck. This procedure can help to eliminate excess belly flab as well as tighten abdominal muscles for a flat tummy. Read on to learn more about what a tummy tuck can do for you.

Tighten your Loose Belly

It is important to understand that a tummy tuck should not be considered a weight loss solution. The goal of a tummy tuck is to remove excess skin and fat and tighten weakened abdominal muscles that may cause the tummy to protrude.

What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?

When Dr. Dodde starts with the tummy tuck process, he will make two incisions. One is made around the hip bone to reach the pubic area. Another incision can be used to release the belly button and then it is reattached to a higher position. The skin will be separated away from your torso so that enough muscle underneath can be revealed. After exposing the abdominal muscle, he will stitch it in reshaped giving you a tighter waistline. When the muscle is tightened and the stitching is in its place, your lower abdomen will have a new definition, and this means a smaller waistline for you.

Mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck?

In the past, surgeons were using the full tummy tuck to remove all excess abdominal skin. However, Dr. Dodde also offers the mini tummy tuck which has become popular over the last few years. When there is little fat, you may not be in need of a full tummy tuck. By using the mini tummy tuck, he helps you regain the smooth and flat abdomen that you desire.

The advantage of a mini tummy is that it saves time, cuts down your surgical risks, and it is less expensive. Sometimes a mini tummy tuck can be a combination procedure with liposuction as well to give your abdomen dramatic results.

If you are interested in learning more about the tummy tuck procedure, contact our West Michigan office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dodde.

Plastic Surgery Arts of West Michigan
3124 North Wellness Drive, Suite 10
Holland, MI 49424
United States
Phone: 616-682-7236