Your Options for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery

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Posted on March 16, 2017 under Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Mclean VA and Bethesda, MD

Cosmetic Surgery Associates is a leading practice for various reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures. With offices in Bethesda, MD, and McLean, VA, the practice provides state-of-the-art treatments to patients in and around Fairfax and Alexandria, VA, and Chevy Chase and Rockville, MD. Patients looking for cosmetic surgery in Virginia and Maryland can receive treatment from board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Franklin Richards and Dr. Dean Jabs.

Both surgeons have experience of more than four decades of them and have received several awards and recognitions for their contributions to plastic surgery in Maryland, Virginia, and other parts of the country.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a popular name for abdominoplasty, which is a surgical procedure designed to achieve a flatter abdomen. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat tissue and skin from the abdominal area through incisions, and restoring a firmer, smoother, and flatter appearance to the abdomen. Dr. Richards and Dr. Jabs recommend tummy tuck plastic surgery in Virginia and Maryland to patients after determining whether the patient is a suitable candidate and discussing the patient’s aesthetic needs and goals.

Good Candidates

Most people who are suited to receive tummy tuck procedures are not necessarily overweight or obese. Excess fat deposits in the tummy region may occur even in people who are having a fairly healthy weight. It may happen due to genetic reasons or among people who maintain a sedentary lifestyle.

If the fat pockets in the abdominal area are stubborn and do not respond to diet or exercise, in such a situation Dr. Jabs and Dr. Richards may recommend tummy tuck cosmetic surgery in Maryland. Patients with excess loose skin in the tummy area can also achieve a tighter and firmer tummy with this procedure.

A suitable candidate for a tummy tuck will be in marvelous health and maintain moderate body weight. Women who have been through multiple pregnancies may benefit from the procedure to tighten abdominal muscles and remove loose skin. Patients who have undergone major weight loss or bariatric surgery to reduce excess fat may also need this procedure to reduce loose skin around the abdomen. Women who are planning a pregnancy shortly or patients who plan to undergo a major weight loss program should avoid tummy tuck surgery.

Types of Tummy Tuck

Dr. Richards and Dr. Jabs will first determine whether a patient needs a full abdominoplasty or a partial procedure. Patients in Fairfax and Alexandria, VA, and Chevy Chase and Rockville, MD, and nearby areas can consult them to know the best treatment options in their case. In some cases, the surgeons may also recommend a combination of tummy tuck and liposuction cosmetic surgery in Virginia or Maryland.

Full Tummy Tuck

In a full abdominoplasty procedure, the surgeon will make an incision from hipbone to hipbone. Thereafter, the contouring of the skin, tissue, and muscle will be performed as needed. The belly button may also be moved to a new, more youthful position. The patient may need several days for recovery, and drainage tubes may be placed underneath the skin for a few days.

Partial or Mini Tummy Tuck

In a mini abdominoplasty procedure, the incision will be smaller and the surgery will be less invasive. Dr. Richards and Dr. Jabs provide this plastic surgery in Maryland and Virginia for patients who may have fat deposits located beneath the navel area. During this procedure, the location of the navel will most likely not be moved. The procedure may be completed in less than two hours in this case, and the recovery is faster.

Full tummy tuck surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and it may take up to five hours, depending on the extent of fat removal required. In some cases, the patient may be required to stay overnight at the hospital facility, but in the case of mini abdominoplasty, most patients can go home the same day. Patients in Fairfax and Alexandria, VA, and Chevy Chase and Rockville, MD, and surrounding communities can consult with Cosmetic Surgery Associates for the most appropriate procedure or combination of procedures in their case.


Mild pain and swelling will be felt during the first few days after surgery. The plastic surgeon will prescribe pain-relieving medications to keep the patient comfortable. Soreness in the treated area may last for several weeks or months. Some patients may also experience numbness and bruising.

Strenuous physical activities should be avoided for at least six to eight weeks following surgery. The patient may be able to resume normal work routine at the office within two to four weeks after the procedure. Prolonged effects can be maintained with a balanced diet and an exercise regimen.

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Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers