Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck at Subbio Plastic Surgery

The classic tummy tuck, or the lesser version (the Mini-Tummy Tuck), both give drastic improvements to the abdomen, flank, and waistline. Not only will Dr. Subbio remove a tremendous amount of excess skin and fat, but he will also create an internal corset of stitches at the abdominal wall to shrink and tighten the waistline from within. Patients go from having the dreaded “paunch” or “belly”, to a flat, tight, and trim midsection immediately. The scars are typically well-hidden beneath the pant line, so no one needs to be the wiser!

The Procedure

Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.

Length: 3 to 5 hours.

Anesthesia: General.

In/Outpatient: Outpatient usually.

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

If you have excess belly fat or love handles that have not responded to diet and exercise, as well as lax skin in the abdominal area, a Tummy Tuck might be a good choice for you.

A Tummy Tuck might also benefit you if you have stretched/separated abdominal muscles, usually as a result of pregnancy.

If you only have excess fat without loose skin, Liposuction alone may a better option, however.

Yes, a Tummy Tuck can improve the appearance of love handles, while flattening your stomach.

Liposuction on the abdomen only removes excess fat, while a Tummy Tuck removes excess fat, tightens stretched muscles, and removes loose skin.

No. A Tummy Tuck is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you can go home the same day, but you must have someone available to drive you home.

For a full Tummy Tuck, the incision is usually placed just above the pubic area where the scar can be hidden under clothes. This incision may extend from one hip to the other if you have a significant amount of loose skin that needs to be removed and tightened. Dr. Subbio will make the incision as short as possible, while also giving you the tightening and slimming results you want.

Another incision is usually made around the belly button. Dr. Subbio then uses Liposuction to remove excess fat. This is done by inserting a tube called a cannula, which is attached to a suction device. The stomach muscles are tightened, if necessary, by suturing the fascia, and excess skin is trimmed. The belly button is repositioned, if necessary, and the incisions are sutured and dressed.

In some cases, the belly button is repositioned. Dr. Subbio will take care to make sure your belly button looks normal.

You’ll be anesthetized during your surgery, so you’ll feel no pain. All surgeries involve some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, though. Most people find that the discomfort after a Tummy Tuck is less than they expected, and we’ll give you pain medication to help you get through your recovery as easily as possible. Plus, you can text or call Dr. Subbio at any time with your questions!

Most people go back to work within 7-14 days.

We ask that you refrain from strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for about 6 weeks.

Yes, but it’s better if you sleep on your back for about a week.

Not necessarily. If the stretch marks are located in an area of loose skin that will be excised, it will get rid of them. However, this is not usually the case. Most people have stretch marks in areas that are not excised.

They’ll last a long time, but the aging process does continue. Depending on your age when you have the surgery, you may need a revision Tummy Tuck at some point in your life. Maintaining a steady weight can help you avoid the need for another Tummy Tuck.

Yes. While this is not weight loss surgery or a substitute for weight loss, you will lose inches and look slimmer after a Tummy Tuck. Candidates for this surgery should be near their ideal weight with excess fat and loose skin in the abdominal area.

Absolutely! During your consultation, Dr. Subbio will ask you what bothers you about the way you look. Then, he’ll tell you exactly which procedure will give you the results you’re after, and he’ll explain what you can expect. He’ll even hand-draw you a projected result right in his Philadelphia office!

To be a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck, however, you should be near your ideal weight. If you plan to lose more than 15 pounds, you should wait to have your Tummy Tuck, as the weight loss could cause additional lax skin.

Yes. In most cases, general anesthesia is used during a Tummy Tuck.

The Liposuction portion of the surgery removes the excess fatty tissue, while the remainder of the Tummy Tuck procedure excises loose skin and tightens separated/stretched abdominal muscles.

A Mini Tummy Tuck is a partial abdominoplasty for patients who do not have loose skin above the belly button. In this technique, a 6-8-inch incision is made just above the pubic area, and the belly button is not moved. As in a full Tummy Tuck, Liposuction is used to remove excess fat. This is done by inserting a tube called a cannula, which is attached to a suction device. The stomach muscles are tightened, if necessary, by suturing the fascia, and excess skin is trimmed. The incisions are then sutured and dressed.

The surgery usually takes 2-3 hours.

You will be able to walk the next day, but please do take it easy.

You can expect some swelling, bruising, and a feeling of tightness for about two weeks. Sutures will either dissolve on their own, or we’ll remove them within a week after your surgery. Some patients will have drains placed in the incisions to catch fluids. We will remove these within a few days during a follow-up appointment.

You will wear a compression garment for 3-4 weeks to keep swelling to a minimum.

You may have some slight residual numbness in the abdominal area for a few months.

You can expect some bruising after a Tummy Tuck, but it usually subsides quickly.

There are scars, but Dr. Subbio will make the incisions in discreet areas that can be covered by clothes. The amount of scarring will depend a great deal on the amount of excess skin that you need to have removed.

Over time, whatever scars are present will flatten, fade, and become less noticeable.

While you can get pregnant after a Tummy Tuck, the physical demands of the pregnancy could reverse some of the results of your Tummy Tuck, causing the skin and muscles to stretch and excess fat to accumulate once again. For this reason, we recommend that women have a Tummy Tuck only after they have decided to stop having children.

For the most part, yes, but the area will settle a bit more over a period of months.

A Tummy Tuck is sometimes a part of post-weight loss surgery, which might also include an Arm Lift and/or Thigh Lift. Many women include a Tummy Tuck in a Mommy Makeover, along with procedures such a Brazilian Butt Lift, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, or Breast Lift with Implants.

We think there are several reasons! Here are just a few:

  • He gives all his patients his cell phone number. He’ll call you the night after your surgery to check on you, as well as the next morning. And he’ll make sure your recovery is as comfortable as possible.
  • He’s a trained artist, and you’re his canvas. It’s the perfect marriage of science and artistry. In fact, he’ll hand-draw his projected results right in front of you during your consultation.
  • He’s fun! He likes to joke with his patients and put them at ease. Plus, we maintain a small office where we treat our patients like a part of the family.
  • He won’t try to convince you to have a procedure that isn’t best for you. He’d rather lose your business than sign you up for a procedure he isn’t 100% behind. And if he thinks you need a procedure he doesn’t offer, he’ll recommend a different surgeon for you.
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Meet Dr. Subbio

Subbio Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa is a comprehensive center specializing in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. Located in Newtown Square across from the beautiful DuPont Farms, Dr. Subbio brings with him over 10 years of training and experience as an Attending Surgeon at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

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Why Subbio?

 It’s the perfect marriage of science and artistry. In fact, he’ll hand-draw his projected results right in front of you during your consultation.

Dr. Subbio is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He was inspired to become a surgeon after learning about plastic surgeons who volunteer their skill and artistic vision to help cleft lip and burn victims in India. Once he became a surgeon, he began volunteering himself, traveling to third world countries to perform procedures.

Dr. Subbio won’t try to convince you to have a procedure that isn’t best for you. Your safety, well-being, and satisfaction are paramount.