A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a safe and effective procedure performed to reduce excess stomach fat, tone sagging skin, and refine laxity in the abdominal wall. Good candidates for a tummy tuck include those who have had significant weight loss, pregnancies, previous stomach surgeries that need correction, or those who are experiencing the natural effects of age and gravity on the body.
Tummy tucks are often accompanied by liposuction in the back, waist, thighs or buttocks area for a more complete body contouring experience. Because body types and target regions for improvement vary so much from patient to patient, the surgeon will recommend one of five types of tummy tucks: endoscopic, mini, moderate, full, or circumferential. Your surgeon will discuss your ideal procedure at length during your initial consultation.
Here at Capizzi M.D. Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves in offering the most cutting-edge treatments for our patients, which is why we offer a drain-free option for our tummy tuck procedures. By using TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive in our tummy tucks, we end the need for burdensome drains and the stress they can cause during recovery. This allows our patients to resume normal activities like showering, driving, and returning to work sooner.
Finding The Right Surgeon For Your Tummy Tuck
Recognized throughout North Carolina and beyond as a specialist in body contouring, Dr. Peter Capizzi maintains a loyal client base who live in the area, out of state, or even out of the country. Although this is a straightforward procedure, Dr. Capizzi’s familiarity with the latest innovations in the industry and his meticulous perfectionism sets him apart from less accomplished physicians. Committed to achieving the most successful outcome for each client through his proven approach, Dr. Capizzi reviews your medical records, previous surgeries, measurements, and photographs of your desired outcome to make his most informed recommendation. Because your health is vital to longevity of this procedure as well as the postoperative care, Dr. Capizzi has developed the Capizzi Method™. This method ensures that patients receive the highest level of care before, during, and after their treatment to ensure they see exceptional results.
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Tummy Tuck Techniques
Endoscopic tummy tuck
This type of procedure is practical for addressing weakened, flabby muscles in the abdomen that remain unaffected by diet and exercise, and can also address diastasis. An endoscopic tummy tuck does not address sagging skin. Inserted into the abdomen via a 2-3 cm incision above the pubic area are: an endoscope, a lighted retractor, and fiber optic camera. This allows visualization up through the abdomen with minimal scars. If required, the diastasis can then sewn and repaired. The overlying skin integrity is paramount in choosing this procedure for the proper patient.
Mini Tummy Tuck
This efficient and popular procedure boasts minimal scarring and great results. It is most often drainless and your surgeon will close the skin with knotless sutures. The surgeon will make a modest bikini-line incision, 6-8 inches long, and then will remove excess skin folds. This technique is well prescribed for fairly in-shape individuals with problem areas below the belly button. Recovery from the mini tummy tuck is usually more rapid than with other procedures. Patients wear a compression garment after surgery and normal activity can begin immediately. Our patients are able to resume working, exercising, and driving within 24-48 hours.
Standard Tummy Tuck
The standard abdominoplasty is the most common type of tummy tuck and involves tightening the entire stomach wall, ensuring a tight, flat belly. This procedure is a great option if a patient has a stubborn belly pouch extending 1-2 inches, undergone severe weight loss, or has had several pregnancies. These are drain-free tummy tucks using TissuGlu.
Full (Extended) Tummy Tuck
As its name suggests, a full tummy tuck is like the standard version, but also includes the removal of excess fat and skin folds in the back and hips. “Love handles” can be re-contoured with this procedure for a more attractive waistline with a hip-to-hip incision. At Capizzi M.D. we use the PAL liposuction system with this tummy tuck, which allows for less bruising, more detailed contouring of the body and easy fat removal. We are also proud to offer drain-free recovery through the use of TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive that transforms your tummy tuck into a less invasive, more comfortable experience. A full tummy tuck is used in patients that have more marked skin laxity either due to genetics, childbearing, or weight loss. These patients typically have more stretch marks and loss of elastic properties of the skin. A need for diastasis repair may also bring you to Dr. Capizzi. Many patients often combine this procedure with a Brazilian Butt Lift to increase volume and improve tone, texture, and shape.
Profound Skin Tightening, a non-invasive skin tightening remedy, is a great addition to a full tummy tuck. Many patients opt to use this procedure to increase the integrity of the skin in the recovery period. Profound is a unique radio frequency treatment that provides non-surgical tightening to many areas of the body and addresses loose or sagging skin brought on by aging or heredity.
Full tummy tuck recovery with The Capizzi Method™ includes Lymphatic Therapy to aid with healing and comfort, as well as access to skincare products such as Biocorneum or Embrace Scar Defense Therapy to aid with scarring.
Circumferential Tummy Tuck
When a more aggressive and comprehensive abdominoplasty is required—usually in cases of extreme weight loss where excess sagging skin drapes the hips, back and buttocks—Dr. Capizzi will advise a circumferential tummy tuck, also known as a body lift. Liposuction is used in conjunction with this procedure in order to further streamline and sculpt the torso.
Dr. Peter Capizzi is pleased to offer a revolutionary surgical technique that can eliminate the need for surgical drains in tummy tuck procedures. TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive helps transform your tummy tuck recovery into a more comfortable experience by freeing you from the burden of drains. You’ll be able to get back to your daily routine (showering, driving, returning to work) sooner and best of all, you won’t have to deal with ugly, painful drains that require special care and maintenance while you’re healing or the scars they leave behind.
Recovery time is different for each patient, and is based on the complexity of the surgery. Yet, because Dr. Capizzi offers among the best tummy tucks, Charlotte residents and visitors can expect to resume gentle daily activities within 3-5 days. Patients can continue strenuous exercise, heavy lifting or physical labor jobs after approximately the 6th week.
Your recovery is of the utmost importance to us. The Capizzi Method™ is our approach to providing world-class cosmetic surgery, aesthetic treatments and procedures to ensure patients achieve optimal results. Throughout the entire process, Dr. Capizzi and his trustworthy team of medical experts will be on hand to guide you, so don’t hesitate to ask for anything. Outstanding patient satisfaction is Dr. Capizzi’s foremost professional goal.
How long will it take to recover from a tummy tuck?
Recovery time is different for each patient, and is based on the complexity of the surgery. However, because Dr. Capizzi offers among the best tummy tucks, Charlotte residents and visitors can expect to resume gentle daily activities within 3-5 days. Strenuous exercise, heavy lifting or physical labor jobs should not be undertaken until approximately the 6th week. Throughout the entire process, Dr. Capizzi and his trustworthy team of medical experts will be on hand to guide you, so don’t hesitate to ask for anything. Outstanding patient satisfaction is Dr. Capizzi’s foremost professional goal.