FB Pixel Skip to main content

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is the procedure that improves the appearance of the abdomen by addressing the excess skin with or without tightening of the underlying muscles. There are variations of the procedure including in extent which would depend on your particular situation.

A full or standard abdominoplasty is selected when there is an excess of skin both above and below the umbilicus that is also usually associated with laxity of the abdominal wall muscles. The mini-tummy tuck is essentially an abridged version that is chosen when the skin and muscle issues are localized to the lower abdomen. It is a more limited procedure with less postoperative discomfort and a shorter incision.

The full abdominoplasty typically involves a bikini line incision extending from hip to hip and a second one around the belly button. Skin of the abdomen is elevated up to the rib cage and the excess is precisely removed. The underlying muscle layer is tightened and contoured to yield a flatter, slimmer, more sculptured and complimentary appearance. The umbilicus remains where it was situated originally, being brought through a new opening in the skin.

A mini-tummy tuck incision is much shorter, often extending just past the Mons pubis (hair bearing area) and does not entail a second one placed around the umbilicus. The skin is elevated just to the level of the umbilicus with a more limited amount needed to be removed. Tightening of the muscles is frequently but not always performed and would depend on whether or not there is separation between the muscles or laxity present.

Which procedure is most appropriate for you would be determined at the time of your consultation. If you would like to obtain additional information on tummy tucks, liposuction or any other cosmetic procedure that I perform or to schedule a consultation, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

Request an Appointment

A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

As always, our highest priority is to ensure YOUR safety and well-being.

With coronavirus/COVID-19 still a health issue, we want you to know that we are continuing to take extreme infection control measures in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. This also means that only patients will be permitted to come into our office and everyone will have their temperature checked.

In an abundance of caution, we are requesting that if you are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness, please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment. You may also want to contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation.

We do offer Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through doxy.me. This is best used for specific situations including postoperative questions and as a substitute for some postoperative office visits relating to certain procedures. However, if you are planning to proceed with surgery, an in-office evaluation will be required.

We are all in this together and really appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.