A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess skin from the abdomen and restores weak or separated abdominal muscles, resulting in a flatter stomach. Tummy tucks are not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, but can help you achieve your goals when traditional weight loss methods fall short. With a tummy tuck, Dr. Ortiz, Raleigh’s acclaimed plastic surgeon, can make your midsection more defined and in proportion to the rest of your body.
Whether your stomach is sagging or protruding due to age, pregnancy and diastasis recti, weight loss, or prior surgeries, a tummy tuck can help you achieve a flat, toned abdomen. During the procedure, an incision will be made horizontally across your stomach between the belly button and pubic area. If skin is being removed from the upper abdomen then a second incision around the belly button is required. Once the excess skin has been removed, the abdominal muscles are repaired and reshaped. The abdominal skin is then put back into place, excess skin is trimmed away, and the incisions are closed. During a tummy tuck, a new space for your navel may be created, depending on the amount of skin that was removed. The result is a flatter, firmer, more contoured midsection. This procedure is personalized to the patient and Dr. Ortiz will discuss the exact steps in your tummy tuck during your consultations. Learn more about tummy tucks with our tummy tuck FAQs. Since it is considered a cosmetic procedure, a tummy tuck is not covered by insurance.
If pregnancy, aging, or substantial weight loss has left you with a protruding stomach that diet and exercise can’t fix, we can help. Dr. Ortiz is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience helping women get the body of their dreams. Ready to discuss a tummy tuck? Call us at 919-532-2270 or send us an email using our easy-to-use online contact below form to schedule your personalized consultation at our Raleigh plastic surgery center.
46-year-old female who presented for evaluation due to concerns of excess loose skin in the abdomen area. The patient had been undergoing a physician managed weight loss program and lost over 100 lbs. At the time of consultation, she felt that she was unable to tone the area of concern.
Weight: 189 pounds. BMI: 32
Procedure: Abdominoplasty (extended)
55 year old female whose chief concerns were abdominal laxity, excess fat, and scarring on the abdomen. Patient had multiple previous abdominal surgeries, including hernia repairs and c-sections, and was subsequently dissatisfied with the appearance of the abdomen.
BMI = 29.3
Procedure performed: Abdominoplasty
42-year-old female who presented for evaluation due to having an 80 lbs weight loss. The patient feels that despite adequate diet and exercise she is unable to achieve the desired contour in her torso and breasts. She desired her breasts to be perkier, seated higher on her chest, and the excess abdominal skin and fat to be removed to improve her waistline. Procedures performed: Tummy Tuck, Breast Lift, Liposuction, and Brazilian Butt Lift.
Weight 197 pounds. Height 5 feet 6 inches. BMI: 32
36-year-old female, who after a few pregnancies and some weight was unhappy with the appearance of the abdomen and buttocks. The combined improvements of these areas are what is commonly known as a Mommy Makeover. She wanted to have improvements to all of these areas of concern. Weight: 186 pounds. BMI: 32. Procedures performed: Tummy Tuck, Lipo 360, Brazilian Butt Lift
50-year-old female who, despite adequate diet and exercise, was not able to get rid of her
“belly” and her belly button. Patient was noted to have a hernia in the umbilicus.
Approach: Lower transverse incision and umbilical reconstruction.
Technique: Abdominoplasty with immediate umbilical hernia repair and liposuction of the trunk
42-year-old female that, after weight loss from diet and exercise, as well as pregnancies in the past, desired improvements on the appearance of her breast and abdomen.
Weight: 154 pounds | Height: 5 feet 6 inches
38 year old female who after a few pregnancies and some weight loss was unhappy with the appearance of the breast, abdomen and buttocks. The improvement of the breast and abdomen are considered a Mommy Makeover. She wanted to have improvement to the appearance of all these areas of concern.