Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles. It’s often sought by individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, which can lead to stretched abdominal muscles and loose, sagging skin. Dr Gargiulo will determine if this is an appropriate procedure for you.

Procedure Overview:

Incision: The surgeon makes an incision typically from hip to hip just above the pubic area. The length and shape of the incision may vary depending on the extent of correction needed and the patient’s anatomy.

Fat and Skin Removal: Excess fat and skin are removed from the abdominal area. This step helps to eliminate bulges and sagging skin, resulting in a smoother and firmer abdominal contour.

Muscle Repair: The abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured together if they have become separated or weakened, a condition known as diastasis recti. This step helps to create a firmer and flatter abdominal profile.

Skin Redraping: The remaining skin is then pulled downward and trimmed to create a tighter and more toned appearance. Care is taken to ensure that the belly button remains in its natural position.

Closure: Once the desired contour is achieved, the incisions are closed with sutures, and dressings or compression garments may be applied to support the healing process.

Benefits of Abdominoplasty:

Improved Abdominal Contour: Abdominoplasty can dramatically improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, resulting in a flatter and more toned midsection.

Muscle Tightening: By repairing and tightening the abdominal muscles, abdominoplasty can address issues such as diastasis recti, which commonly occur after pregnancy or significant weight loss. This can help improve core strength and stability.

Enhanced Body Confidence: For many individuals, abdominoplasty can boost self-esteem and body confidence by providing a more youthful and sculpted abdominal appearance.

Clothing Fit: Patients often find that clothing fits more comfortably and looks more flattering after abdominoplasty, as excess skin and bulges are eliminated.

Functional Benefits: In addition to aesthetic improvements, abdominoplasty can also alleviate issues such as skin irritation or rashes caused by excess skin folds.

Long-lasting Results: With proper diet and exercise, the results of abdominoplasty can be long-lasting, providing patients with a more permanent solution to their abdominal concerns.

While abdominoplasty offers significant benefits, it’s important for individuals considering this procedure to have realistic expectations. Additionally, proper post-operative care and adherence to Dr Gargiulo instructions are crucial for optimal results and a smooth recovery.


Mini Abdominoplasty


Mini abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, is a less extensive surgical procedure compared to traditional abdominoplasty. It is designed to address specific concerns in the lower abdomen, making it an ideal option for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity and muscle weakness below the belly button.

Procedure Overview:

  1. Incision: Unlike the longer incision used in traditional abdominoplasty, the incision in a mini abdominoplasty is typically shorter and placed just above the pubic area. It is often smaller than the incision used in a full tummy tuck.
  2. Limited Muscle Repair: Mini abdominoplasty primarily focuses on tightening the muscles and removing excess skin in the lower abdomen. The extent of muscle repair is usually limited to the area below the belly button.
  3. Skin Removal: Excess skin is removed from the lower abdomen to improve contour and reduce sagging. This step helps to create a smoother and more toned appearance in the lower abdominal area.
  4. Minimal Disruption: Since mini abdominoplasty targets the lower abdomen, it typically involves less disruption to the surrounding tissues compared to traditional abdominoplasty. This often results in a shorter recovery period and less post-operative discomfort.



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