Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) Overview

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Posted on April 20, 2017 under Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) – Northern Virginia | Maryland

A tummy tuck, clinically known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdominal area to achieve a flatter tummy. Cosmetic Surgery Associates, with offices in Bethesda, MD, and McLean, VA, is a premier practice for tummy tuck procedures. Patients in Fairfax and Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase and Rockville, MD, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive state-of-the-art treatment at the practice.

Outstanding board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Franklin Richards and Dr. Dean Jabs, provide various procedures in plastic surgery in Maryland and Virginia. Tummy tuck surgery involves tightening of underlying weak muscles in the abdomen, and excision of excess skin to create a tighter and firmer abdominal contour. Patients who are unable to reduce abdominal fat deposits or smoother abdominal profile with diet and exercise may choose this cosmetic surgery in Virginia, Maryland, or other places.

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

An adult maintaining decent physical health and stable and moderate weight, but with fat deposits around the abdominal area, may be a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck. If the fats are stubborn and do not respond to diet or exercise, and loose skin may appear around the tummy, the plastic surgeon may recommend abdominoplasty. Candidates for a tummy tuck should be non-smokers or willing to stop smoking a few weeks before the procedure. Patients with clear goals, realistic expectations, and a positive outlook can usually achieve the most satisfactory outcomes.

Preparing for the Surgery

Before performing abdominoplasty plastic surgery in Virginia or Maryland, the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s general health and may require a few medical tests to be performed. Not only will the patient have to quit smoking several weeks in advance, but he or she may also have to stop taking any anti-inflammatory and herbal supplements. Prescription drugs may have to be adjusted in consultation with the patient’s physician.

A decision to perform full or partial abdominoplasty or combine the procedure with another cosmetic surgery in Maryland or Virginia will be taken while making a detailed treatment plan. The surgeon will address any queries or doubts regarding surgery at this stage, and educate the patient about the actual procedure as far as possible. Post-op care instructions will also be provided to the patient in advance.


A tummy tuck surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. A full abdominoplasty will begin with an incision placed horizontally between the pubic hairline and the navel. The length and shape of the incision will be by the extent of surgery needed in a particular case.

Weakened underlying muscles will be repaired and sutured through the incision. Excess skin and fat tissue will also be removed to achieve a tighter and firmer contour. A second incision around the navel may be made to remove excess in the upper abdomen. Incisions will be finally closed with sutures, tape, or skin adhesive.


The full effects of the surgery will be visible within a few weeks as the swelling and bruising resolve. The results of a tummy tuck are long-lasting, provided the patient maintains a healthy diet and active lifestyle. There is not any cure for bad eating and a lethargic day-to-day routine.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D.  please visit https://cosmeticplastics.com/  or  http://breastaugmentationmd.com/

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