Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to give your abdominal area better contour. In addition to removing excess skin and fat, the abdominal muscles are tightened to give a smoother look. Whether you have recently lost weight, want to get rid of stretch marks, or are looking for a mommy-makeover, you could be a candidate for an abdominoplasty.

How long will the procedure take?

Abdominoplasty is a procedure done under general anesthesia. It can take about two hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

The incision is usually from hip-to-hip and made at the lower part of the abdomen. Sometimes this scar can be hidden under your favorite bathing suit or underwear style. A new opening is made for the umbilicus in the skin that is pulled down to give a more youthful look.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and will be tailored to your individual needs. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you about one week later for drain removal. Once the drains are removed, you can transition into a smoother, softer abdominal garment.

What else should I know about abdominoplasty?

Usually one or two drains are left to collect any excess fluid for the next couple of days. You will get detailed instructions on how to care for these drains. Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the belly to help with post-operative pain. You'll go home with an abdominal garment or binder to help remind you to avoid strenuous activity after your surgery and let the area heal properly. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure designed to improve your body contour. While it is not a treatment for obesity, liposuction is done to target exercise-resistant fat deposits. It helps by decreasing excess fat deposits in the inner and outer thighs, hips, arms, and neck. Liposuction is a procedure that can be done in combination with other procedures, such as face-lift, neck lift, and abdominoplasty.

How long will the procedure take?

Liposuction is a procedure done under general anesthesia. Depending on the number of sites treated, liposuction typically takes one to two hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

The incisions for liposuction are usually very small and usually measure less than 1 cm. Oftentimes, these scars are hidden and not visible after they have healed.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the location and number of liposuction sites. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you about one to two weeks later.


Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about liposuction?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the liposuction sites to help with post-operative pain. You will go home with a compression garment to help decrease swelling and ensure better long-term results. This garment should be worn for at least two weeks. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Arm Lift

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a procedure designed to improve your arm contour. Brachioplasty is performed to remove excess skin along the upper arms, axilla, and chest wall. This procedure can be combined with liposuction to give a smoother contour and help facilitate more skin removal. Brachioplasty is a surgery that can also be combined with other procedures such as mastopexy.

How long will the procedure take?

Arm lift/brachioplasty is done under general anesthesia. Brachioplasty typically takes two to three hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Brachioplasty incisions are typically hidden along the inner aspect of the arms so that they are not visible with the arms at the sides or from the back. These incisions can be carried further to the axilla and side of the chest if more skin is to be removed.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of your surgery. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you about one week later.


Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about brachioplasty?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the brachioplasty sites to help with post-operative pain. You will go home with a compression garment to help decrease swelling and ensure better long-term results. This garment should be worn for at least two weeks. You'll need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift is a procedure designed to improve your inner and/or outer thigh contour. A thigh lift is performed to remove excess skin along the inner and/or outer thigh. This procedure can be combined with liposuction to give a smoother contour and help facilitate more skin removal.

How long will the procedure take?

A thigh lift is done under general anesthesia. A thigh lift typically takes two to three hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Thigh lift incisions are typically hidden along the inner and outer aspect of the thighs so that they are not visible.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of skin removal. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you one week later. Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about thigh lift?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You will go home with a compression garment to help decrease swelling and ensure better long-term results. This garment should be worn for at least two weeks. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Mommy Makeover

“Mommy Makeover” is a catch-all term for a set of customized procedures designed to help address some of the most common breast and body changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Typically, mommy makeovers include a procedure to reduce breast sagging and improve fullness, such as a breast lift or breast lift with augmentation, combined with procedures to recontour the body, including a tummy tuck to remove excess skin on the lower abdomen and, sometimes, liposuction to reduce stubborn pockets of fat.

During your consultation, Dr. Aboutanos will work closely with you to determine which combination of procedures is optimal for achieving your goals. Please contact us today to learn more or schedule a personal consultation.

How long does a mommy makeover take?

This can vary based on which procedures you’re having and how many procedures are being performed at once. Breast surgeries typically take two to three hours, while body contouring typically takes two or more hours, depending on the severity of your concerns.

All procedures will be performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, though you may be required to stay overnight after a tummy tuck.

Where will my incisions be?

Dr. Aboutanos places incisions as inconspicuous as possible, where resulting scars will be hidden in the natural folds of your skin or easily hidden by your underwear or a swimsuit. For a breast lift, incisions are typically made around the areola and vertically down the center of the breast to the breast fold, in a lollipop shape. The type of incision used depends on the amount of reshaping that needs to be done, and Dr. Aboutanos may also need to make an additional incision along the crease under the breast.

With a tummy tuck, Dr. Aboutanos will make an incision along the lower part of the abdomen from hip to hip, where it can be hidden under low-cut underwear. She will also make a small incision in the umbilicus so she can restore a natural, youthful look to the belly button.

Liposuction incisions are usually very small and strategically placed in the most easily hidden areas near where you are having fat removed.

What is mommy makeover recovery like?

Again, your recovery will depend on which procedures you have. After breast surgery, many patients are able to return to non-strenuous work within the first week, are able to shower after a few days, and slowly begin resuming light activity in around two weeks. Exercise, heavy lifting (including toddlers), and housework will need to be avoided as your incisions heal, though walking is encouraged early in your recovery to avoid complications.

Recovery after a tummy tuck is often more intensive, as a greater degree of reshaping has occurred and the larger incision will take longer to heal. Additionally, one to two drains are often left for the first few days after surgery to remove excess fluid and keep swelling down. You should start feeling more like yourself in about two weeks, though you will still need to avoid exercise and strenuous activity until you get the go ahead from Dr. Aboutanos.

Prescription pain medication will be prescribed to help manage your discomfort, though most patients transition to an OTC pain reliever after around four to five days. You will be required to wear special surgical garments, such as compression wear around the abdomen and a surgical bra. These garments can be inconvenient, but they will help alleviate your discomfort and protect your results as your body begins to heal.

Swelling and bruising should resolve over the course of a month or so, and you’ll start to see your results take shape over the next few weeks.