What is a Tummy Tuck?
Our bodies change over the years — we gain weight, lose weight, have children, have surgeries, and our bodies bear the scars of these changes year after year. Before having your abdominoplasty surgery, board-certified Dr. Mizuguchi will take time to learn about your individual desires and goals in order to determine the best approach. We at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery understand many clients may feel self-conscious when discussing body-related procedures, and we do our best to put you at ease. We will help you understand the process and recovery time of your desired procedure, keeping in mind your confidentiality, safety, and discretion. Dr. Mizuguchi is very experienced at performing full, mini, and extended abdominoplasty procedures, and can offer a minimally invasive, drainless technique that cuts down the recovery time while still giving you a slimmer, more contoured figure and lifted abdominal area. Contact our Louisville, KY office today for a private consultation.
What Are The Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck?
A full, mini, or extended tummy tuck in Louisville, KY at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery offers a number of effective benefits to help you reshape and remake your look, including:
- Removes persistent unwanted fat (with liposuction)
- Tightens and firms loose skin
- Creates a slimmer, more toned appearance
- Reduces stretch marks
- Strengthens the core
- Lessens symptoms of stress urinary incontinence
- Boosts self-confidence
Am I A Good Candidate for A Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is life changing for most of our patients who have had the procedure. The ideal candidates for this dramatic transformation are:
- Women who have C-section scars and/or extra skin and fat deposits in the lower abdomen
- Men and women who have stretch marks and loose skin on their abdomen
- Men and women who have had weight loss surgery and have maintained their goal weight for at least a year and desire removal of the excess skin and remaining fat deposits
Abdominoplasty | Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Informative and explained exactly what to expect - Dr Miziguchi was so informative and explained exactly what to expect. I had implants removed and a tummy tuck. He will be honest and upfront if you need a procedure or not. The staff is truly amazing and so supportive. I had consultations at other plastic surgeons but after talking with Dr Miziguchi and seeing the results… I wouldn’t go any where else but to him!"- M. / RealSelf / Mar 16, 2022
"The best doctor - In love with my results - I reviewed several doctor's reviews on this website. I decided to set up a consultation with Dr. Mizuguchi and his staff & am so glad I did. THEY ARE THE BEST! I am in Love with my results! Pics SOON!Updated on 14 Jul 2022:I started my road to how I really wanted to look. I started out with a breast augmentation then switched out my 520s with 695s, then lipo & tummy tuck. I love Dr. M AND THE STAFF! NONE BETTER! 100%!!!Updated on 14 Jul 2022:My 2nd surgery with Dr. M was a breast revision. I went from 520s silicone to 695s silicone and couldn't be happier. The staff is out of this world and respond to every question, even the crazy ones"- M. / RealSelf / Mar 24, 2022
"5 months post-op & pleased with tummy tuck & breast augmentation results - I can’t say enough about Dr.Mizuguchi and his staff. They were attentive, sweet, and I am super pleased with the results. I will say the tummy tuck is pretty rough to recover from just because of the nature of the procedure but Dr Mizuguchi made the process so much easier. I definitely would recommend taking at least 4 weeks off work I did not and probably made myself more miserable than need be. I’ve always worked out but because of the extraordinary weight gain I had while pregnant my stomach was never going to rebound without surgical assistance. I think he did an amazing job. I’m actually considering another procedure and if I decide to go through with it I’m definitely scheduling with this office again. I like his work so much that I still go every couple of months for injections and his nurses are just as amazing as he is!"- R. / RealSelf / Sep 10, 2022
"Love my new shape - this is simply life changing for me - I am 6 weeks post op from drainless tummy tuck and I couldn’t be more pleased with my results ans experience with Dr. Mizuguchi and his staff. From the consultation to the actual surgery and to aftercare … my experience has been enjoyable and exciting. I had realistic expectations but I can honestly say that my results are above and beyond what I could have hoped for. I love my new shape and this is simply life changing for me. He also did lipo of my private/mons area in addition to the TT, and that was also a major game changer to my shape! I healed so quickly (within a week of surgery, I had very little pain or swelling). My scars are still healing and improving every day. Honestly, I’m just blown away by the whole experience and so very happy."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 11, 2023
"My husband and I have seriously come to love Dr. Mizuguchi and all of his staff. My procedures were a dream come true. I had wanted abdominoplasty and breast augmentation forever. They made it so easy in the initial evals. No embarrassment. And their after care has been AMAZING! They’ve answered all questions with patience and enthusiasm, and we’ve asked MANY. We can’t thank them enough. We feel like we’re with friends when we walk thru the doors, and I feel like I’m living a new life now! Thank you to the Mizuguchi team!"- M.F. / Facebook / Jul 22, 2021
How Is A Tummy Tuck Done?
Abdominoplasty patients usually have the procedure in an accredited outpatient surgical facility. When it is combined with other procedures, an overnight stay may be required. Some tummy tucks are more invasive than others. In some cases, an extended abdominoplasty may be recommended by Dr. Mizuguchi. With this type of tummy tuck, excess skin is removed from the hip and upper thigh areas, which is not typically addressed with a mini or full tummy tuck. Additionally, the incision for an extended abdominoplasty is made lower than the waistband of clothing.
Dr. Mizuguchi is able to perform an innovative, drainless tummy tuck method. This technique utilizes special suturing that blocks fluid from building up and does not require a drain during recovery, reducing the downtime of the surgery significantly. This procedure can take anywhere between 2 – 4 hours and sometimes longer depending on the nature of the surgical case. After surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment and will be discharged to rest at home. Tummy tuck surgery requires a slow approach to recovery, though you will experience less downtime if you undergo the drainless abdominoplasty.
Can you get liposuction and a tummy tuck at the same time?
You can enhance your overall results by combining a tummy tuck with a fat removal treatment during your surgery. If you want to lose belly fat, diminish loose belly skin, and tighten your body all at once, a tummy tuck with liposuction can help you accomplish your aesthetic goals. Our group uses the latest liposuction methods and technology to safely eliminate fat from the stomach and hips. We gently loosen and separate it with a specialized cannula, then use skin tightening techniques to get rid of saggy stomach skin.
What to Expect After A Tummy Tuck
The results following a tummy tuck procedure equate to a tighter, more toned abdominal appearance. Scarring is a part of this procedure; however, our skillfully trained cosmetic surgeon creates the incisions with care, placing them in inconspicuous areas so that undergarments can hide them. Patients often feel that the skin removal and flat appearance of the stomach far outweigh any scarring that resides after surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
Tummy Tuck FAQs
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your consultation, our team will customize your unique abdominoplasty plan to reach your unique needs and goals before discussing costs. They will be better able to estimate your costs when the type of tummy tuck has been decided, which technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and other factors. To make sure you get beautiful results from a skilled surgeon, Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery helps to make your tummy tuck easy to afford by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of abdominoplasty: full, extended, and mini. During your initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns and goals before examining your stomach. Afterward, we can better decide which tummy tuck will produce your best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you would like to fix loose skin in the upper and lower abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is good for concerns below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck can address issues in the abdomen, plus your hips and upper thighs. Extended abdominoplasty may be a great option for those who have recently lost significant amounts of weight in a relatively short period of time and have more excess skin than other tummy tuck patients.
Do tummy tucks cause scarring?
The incisions needed for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, our staff uses the thinnest incisions needed to minimize scars. They also place incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. After your surgery, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions so your incisions heal properly and blend into your natural skin.
Is it okay to get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you may get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will affect your results. We recommend that you be done building your family before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant following your tummy tuck, another surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Can I combine a tummy tuck with another surgery?
A lot of patients combine abdominoplasty with another surgery to get more dramatic results. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Mizuguchi about your concerns so a personalized treatment plan may be created to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or other areas for body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you might be a candidate for after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover.
Get rid of your belly pooch
If you want a slimmer, more flattering figure and have noticed that no matter how hard you work, a pooch still resides in your abdominal area, a tummy tuck may help you reach your goals. We also welcome weight loss patients who are seeking skin removal surgery to finalize their weight loss transformation journey. Schedule a consultation with our office today and learn how a tummy tuck can revamp your appearance and self-confidence.
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