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, 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.
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
Abdominoplasty and umbilical hernia repair
Weight: 125 pounds
Height: 5 feet 5 inches