What is a tummy tuck?


At Swetnam Cosmetic, we understand that as we age, our bodies often times have a hard time keeping up. We offer many procedures and treatment options to help you regain your confidence and the youthful appearance you desire. As a board certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Swetnam has significant experience in cosmetic procedures designed to help you meet your desired results.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, is when excess skin and stretch marks are removed from the lower abdomen and the muscles are tightened. The procedure makes the abdomen flatter and removes skin that has been stretched by having babies or losing weight.  Many women, after having several children lose the ability to flatten the lower and mid abdomen. This happens because the connective tissue is stretched and no matter how much working out you do, the connective tissue remains unaffected.

Others gain and lose substantial weight, leaving excess skin and sometimes stretch marks.  In this case, the skin has lost its ability to contract over the smaller abdomen.  To re-gain a youthful tummy, it must be removed.

There are two types of tummy tuck: the full tummy tuck and the mini tummy tuck.

Full Tummy Tucks

The incision starts about three inches above the start of the vaginal opening and goes approximately from hip to hip. The skin from the top of this incision to just above the umbilicus is removed and the skin from the upper abdomen is pulled down and sewn. A new opening for the umbilicus is created and the muscles are tightened.

Mini Tummy Tucks

The mini tummy tuck is for those who need minimal skin tightened, are wanting to get rid of stretch marks low on the abdomen or need a scar revision and tightening from previous surgery.

To learn more, watch this informational video featuring Dr. Jeffrey Swetnam:

We offer private, complimentary consultations to discuss which option would be best for you. At the consultation, Dr. Swetnam will learn more about your desired goals and help educate you about the procedures and treatments available at Swetnam Cosmetic. To schedule a complimentary consultation call us at 479-966-4174 or click here: wwwswetnamcosmetic.com/

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