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Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck surgery, better known as an abdominoplasty, is the surgical process by which the abdominal muscles are separated and repaired. All laxity or excess skin can be removed, and localized fat can be completely eliminated, resulting in a firmer, tighter and more beautiful tummy contouring.

Quite a bit more perfecting than simply removing skin and fat, an abdominoplasty is an exceptionally artistic procedure that requires a combination of deep experience of the anatomy and aesthetic vision to achieve the most impressive results.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Washington DC

Tummy tuck surgery in Washington DC is truly an artistic cosmetic surgical procedure, which takes into consideration all aspects of the fundamental elements of an aesthetic, attractive, natural waist and tummy contour.

The popularity of this procedure is somewhat commonplace by the demand of abdominoplasty and the skill that is required to achieve the best tummy tuck result cannot be over communicated. With a passionate interest in advancing both the artistry and science of abdominoplasty surgery, Cultura is the plastic surgery practice of choice in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC Metro area.

Cultura’s Message to Those Considering Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty can restore a more youthful figure to the waist and tummy region, removing loose or excess skin and unwanted fat, and firming the core, but is also considerably more.

 A tummy tuck can return the midsection to pre-pregnancy dimensions and original beauty, and we can achieve truly dramatic physical results and greatly improve self-confidence.

Planning Your Tummy Tuck

The best tummy tuck results can be achieved when you are at or as close to an ideal body weight for your age.

A comfortable, sustainable weight that can be maintained with a balanced healthy diet and regular exercise is the best point at which to elect abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck procedure. The best tummy tuck candidates will have:

  • Skin Laxity: excess skin around the stomach
  • Localized Fat deposits: excess fat at the stomach and flanks
  • Pudgy or bulging abdominal contour
  • A body weight within 10% of ideal weight, or BMI around (25)

Tummy tuck procedures can remove loose skin, minimize extra fat by direct removal and liposuction techniques. A tummy tuck can help firm, tighten, and restore abdominal muscle shape, and restore a more youthful, natural and proportional aesthetic midsection.

The amount of loose skin, extra fat and bulge will be very different from patient to patient, and there are a variety of techniques available for their correction:

  • Mini Tummy Tuck - a mini tummy tuck treats the local area below the belly button and above the pubic area, and is great for isolating the loose skin in that specific region
  • Classic Tummy Tuck - a full tummy tuck can remove more or all excess skin and localized fat deposits and "re-inset the umbilicus” or belly button
  • Lipoabdominoplasty - tummy tuck in conjunction with liposuction procedure, which provides for additional regional contouring such as flanks, love-handles, and hips as well as improved shaping and sculpting of the midline abdominal contour

Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Cultura’s approach to a tummy tuck and abdominal perfection after pregnancy or weight loss is that of a “New You Aesthetic” where safety and art are maximized when potential patients come into the surgical procedure with a balanced, healthy diet and stable lifestyle choices along with a regimen of exercise, from there your surgeon will then tighten, contour and sculpt to achieve the most optimal results.

In general, Cultura recommends using body mass index or BMI, as the metric that estimates body fat and safety profiles based on height and weight to assist in identifying whose is the best candidate for surgery. The ideal BMI is reached at or below 25 kg/m2 both safety and optimal cosmetic results. A BMI above 27.5 kg/m2 is not ideal for surgery; this is why the consultation is very important before scheduling a surgical procedure.

We draw labs to gauge health stats and the lab work is obtained a week or two before your surgery. You will also visit the office again to review preoperative and postoperative instructions, and receive prescriptions for post-op medications.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure in Washington DC

Many of our abdominoplasty procedures utilize a horizontal incision technique above the pubic area that is made only as long as the loose-excess skin requires, within the confines of the hipbones.

The C-section-incision length can be used as access for the repair of stomach muscles, it is not sufficient to remove excess skin. The position of the resulting incision is maintained as low as possible, easily covered with regular undergarments or a bikini. When a mini tummy tuck is performed, the loose skin and fatty area above the pubic region is removed.

When more pronounced skin and fat excess are present, this incision also provides access to the abdominal wall musculature. The repair of the abdominal separation is fixing the separation of the muscles from the breast bone all the way down to the pubic bone. The surgical result effectively tightens and narrows the stomach.

When excess skin is mild to moderate, a modified abdominoplasty is conducted, without any incision around the belly button. With moderate to severe excess skin, a traditional or classic tummy tuck procedure involves resetting the belly button, providing for an optimal tightening and flattening of the anterior abdominal contour. Liposuction options with a tummy tuck in many cases are administered to maximize the aesthetic, contouring of the abdomen. 

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Following your tummy tuck surgery at Cultura, you will be tended for in our recovery room by our licensed medical team, who will closely monitor you and attend to all requests. A closed suction drain is used in most, which remains in place for a couple days. You will be discharged home when comfortable with a friend or relative.

The experience tummy tuck surgeons at Cultura recommend taking a week or two off from work and heavy activity, however on a case-by-case basis, return at eight to 10 days may be a possibility. Resuming light activities and lifting of light children begins at nine to 10 days. All sutures are dissolvable and are placed beneath the dermis of the skin surface.

The suture removal is not required post surgery. Swelling is generally present for approximately a week or two post tummy tuck surgery, resolves substantially at six weeks, and final aesthetic shape is reached approximately three months after abdominoplasty or the best tummy tuck in Washington DC.

Exercise After Tummy Tuck

Light exercise is ok, such as: walking a treadmill or outdoors can be resumed at day ten to twelve, and more vigorous exercise resumes at four weeks.

Such as: muscle training, core strengthening exercises can be restarted after approximately six weeks.

After Tummy Tuck Surgery in Washington DC

The Cultura medical team will see you several times during the first two weeks postop at our office in Washington DC, and then staggered visits throughout the first year.

We will advise you on the scheduling of return visits to physical activity, like exercise, and unrestricted activity, and will always be available to answer any questions or discuss any matters regarding recuperation and activities following the procedure.

How Do I Determine the Best Abdominoplasty Technique for Me?

Our website and a number of web-based educational directories or resources can be very informative. Getting to know the "Tummy Tuck Basics" are a great way to prepare for a surgery. These online resources are not, however, a substitute for a proper, comprehensive or full body consultation as well as a physical examination with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Your Cultura surgeon is well educated and experienced in the varied abdominoplasty surgical techniques. In consideration of your specific physical needs, and your particular cosmetic or aesthetic goals, we will customize a treatment plan, and advise you regarding the best tummy tuck procedure for you.

No tummy tucks are the exact same, and an abdominoplasty is much more than just removing excess skin and fat around the stomach area. To obtain the safest and the most natural outcomes, it requires a tailored approach, artistic eye, experience and a responsibility to the highest standards of execution and education, and the tummy tuck surgeon you choose truly makes all the difference.


Please call our office or fill out the contact form to request your complimentary consultation with Dr. Kelly Bolden at Cultura.