A tummy tuck can produce among the most dramatic and wonderful improvements of all plastic surgical procedures. At the same time, the scar and the recovery are not insignificant. It is a relatively large procedure but with similarly impressive results.
Liposuction removes fat but it does not remove loose or stretch marked skin. Neither does liposuction bring back together separated muscles in the abdomen. These are problems that can only be corrected with a tummy tuck.
The tummy tuck contains a wide spectrum of actual procedures, beginning on the minor end with the removal of some skin along an indented C-section scar. But as the skin laxity grows greater or wider, the incision can be incrementally lengthened and more skin removed. On the far end are cases where there is muscle laxity all the way up to the breastbone, skin laxity above the belly button, and skin laxity out to the flanks.
Though the procedure is called a tummy tuck, and though the primary objective of a tummy tuck is to improve the abdomen, a good abdominoplasty will also tighten the front of the thighs, mons, and inguinal region when those changes are also desired.
As clothing styles have lowered in recent years, Dr. Teitelbaum has modified his approach to further lower his scars so that they can be concealed within most underwear and two-piece bathing suits.
Dr. Teitelbaum has written articles and book chapters on abdominoplasty. He has lectured about it at plastic surgery meetings to other plastic surgeons. He has a complete, thorough, and up-to-date knowledge of tummy tucks. He is a resource on tummy tucks for surgeons and patients alike, and articulately advises his patients about their full range of options from the smallest mini-tummy tuck all the way through an extended tummy tuck.