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  • Plastic Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital

  • Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)

  • Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. In most cases the procedure can also restore weakened or separated muscles that results in an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

    Do I need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?

    Liposuction just removes fat, while a tummy tuck removes the extra skin as well. The tummy tuck is mainly useful after pregnancy or significant weight loss, when the skin has become stretched and will not tighten back up with exercise alone.

    What is a "mini-abdominoplasty"?

    In a regular abdominoplasty the skin is pulled down so far that the umbilicus (belly button) has to be freed up and repositioned. If not that much skin needs to be removed, the umbilicus may not have to be repositioned.

    What kind of anesthesia is used for this operation?

    Our center uses local anesthesia with sedation. This means that an IV is started, and that's all you would remember until afterwards. The patient is sound asleep during the operation even though not under general anesthesia-there is no breathing tube necessary. And waking up and going home afterwards is quite easy and safe.