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There are different conditions in which different patients can benefit from a tummy tuck. Firstly, patients who have had a significant weight loss frequently encounter their skin losing its memory for contraction. Secondly, women who have finished with pregnancy have an abdominal wall, in addition to the skin stretched with significant laxity from the growing fetus. In these conditions, a surgical strategy is the best option to restore a patient's youthful and optimal contour.

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Who Can Benefit from Tummy Tuck Surgery?

There are different conditions in which different patients can benefit from a tummy tuck in Scottsdale. Firstly, patients who have had a significant weight loss frequently encounter their skin losing its memory for contraction. Secondly, women who have finished with pregnancy have a stretched and sagging abdominal wall, in addition to the skin stretched with significant laxity from the growing fetus. In these conditions, a surgical strategy is the best option to restore a patient’s youthful and optimal body contour.

The aim of a tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is to give the abdomen a flatter, firmer, and fitter look. To achieve this, excess fat and skin are removed from the abdominal area. The remaining skin is tightened, as are sagging abdominal muscles. In some cases, stretch marks can also be removed.

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  1. Preparation
  • Preparing for Surgery

    Dr. Lille will give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.

  1. Techniques
  • Full Tummy Tuck

    A full tummy tuck is utilized to remove excess skin and fat and to tighten the sagging abdominal wall. An incision is made from one hipbone to the other, and an incision may also be made around the navel to provide greater access to the tissues. It may take two to four hours to complete this surgical procedure.

    While a full abdominoplasty is more invasive than a mini tummy tuck and involves larger incisions, it also creates more dramatic results and gives a more contoured and defined look to the abdomen.

  1. Techniques
  • Mini Tummy Tuck

    A mini tummy tuck is a less-invasive variation of the standard abdominoplasty technique. It is an effective way to get a tighter and firmer lower abdomen. Also called a partial abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck is often suitable for people who are in need of a smaller degree of contouring. It takes about two hours to complete.

    A mini tummy tuck is utilized when the excess skin with or without a weak abdominal wall is predominantly located in the lower abdomen below the navel. The incision is made just above the pubic hairline and is much shorter than that of a full tummy tuck. The incision can vary depending upon the amount of excess skin. With this procedure, the navel is not altered, and no incision is made around it.

    Because the procedure is less invasive and involves a shorter incision, the mini tummy tuck requires less downtime than a full abdominoplasty. It also results in less bruising and swelling in the treatment area.

  • Recovery

    Immediately after surgery, the patient who underwent a full or a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck will be transferred to a recovery care center, where the nursing staff will attend to all the immediate medical needs and comforts of the patient. Patients will usually be discharged the following day to home. Mini tummy tuck patients are discharged home following their surgery. For those visiting from out of town, arrangements can be made with assistance from our staff at nearby hotels or motels.

  • At Home

    When at home, patients will be resting and sleeping in recliner chairs and walking slightly bent over to relieve the tension at the incision sites. Activity restrictions are in place and follow up evaluations with me personally will be conducted at 1 and 2 weeks with a possible appt on the 3rd week following the surgery. A final follow up is usually conducted at 3 to 4 months after surgery. Once recovery is complete, patients can enjoy their results. Look over tummy tuck before and after photos in our gallery for an idea of your potential results.

  • Scarring

    Scarring is usually red and pink in the beginning, progressing to the color of the surrounding skin area usually between one and two years. We have different treatments to help enhance and facilitate the scarring maturation process with one, significantly reducing the scarring.

  • Pain

    Discomfort is managed quite well with prescription narcotics and the choice of a pain-reducing infusion system that is placed at the time of the procedure. This infuses pain relief agents for a period of two days.

Before & Afters


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Tummy Tuck Q&A

Q: Does A Change In Weight Interfere With The Results Of A Tummy Tuck Procedure?

A: Before any tummy tuck procedure, a patient should be at their optimal weight and should intend to maintain that weight after the procedure has been performed. Weight gain or weight loss may interfere with the results of a tummy tuck.

Q: How long is the scar from the abdominoplasty?

A: The length of scar depends on the type of abdominoplasty procedure being done. It also depends on the amount of extra skin and weakness of the abdominal wall. The length of the scar usually extends from the upper pubic area to the front of the hips in a mini tummy tuck and extends just past the hip bones in a full abdominoplasty. In an extended abdominoplasty, the scar extends past the hip bone.

Q: Do scars disappear from an abdominoplasty?

A: No scars disappear. It takes a full year or two for scars to fully mature. Everyone’s scars heal differently, but typically, scars are red and then fade to pink. At their final maturity, we hope for fine white scars, but they will always be different from the surrounding skin. Dr. Lille places them in the most inconspicuous area along the bikini line in a banana shape to help conceal the scar in the most optimum way.

Q: Are drains used in abdominoplasty?

A: Dr. Lille uses one drain for a mini tummy tuck and two drains in a full or extended tummy tuck. They usually are left in for one to two weeks depending upon the amount of drainage in a day.

Q: Does Dr. Lille use anything to speed up healing in the operation?

A: While performing the tummy tuck on Scottsdale patients, Dr. Lille performs meticulous closure with all sutures below the skin, except for those in the belly button. He uses a tissue glue spray in the abdominal opening before closure, which facilitates healing and decreases the amount of drainage from the drainage tubes. He also utilizes a tissue glue tape on the exterior of the incision, which has proven to decrease wound dehiscence (opening) and create a nicer scar.

Q: How much does a tummy tuck cost?

A: The cost of a tummy tuck in Scottsdale varies depending on numerous factors. The price of an abdominoplasty is impacted by the length of time required to perform the surgery, the amount of tissue removed, and the techniques utilized.

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