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How Long Is the Incision for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen to give you a flatter and more toned appearance.

At Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, Dr. Heath Charvet performs a special procedure called the Cali-Tuck™ to help patients in the Greater NOLA area get all the benefits of a tummy tuck without the need for drains.

If you're considering a tummy tuck, you may be wondering how long the incision for tummy tuck surgery will be. Keep reading to learn which factors influence incision length and what you can expect during the recovery process.

How does a drainless tummy tuck work?

Dr. Charvet's Cali-Tuck uses internal sutures to define the abdomen region while allowing your body to drain fluids naturally. This technique removes the need to insert uncomfortable artificial drains to remove excess fluid during recovery.

What factors affect the incision length for a tummy tuck?

The length of the incision for a tummy tuck will depend on several factors, including:

  • The amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed
  • The location and extent of any existing scars
  • Your individual anatomy and desired outcome
  • The type of tummy tuck surgery you choose

During a Cali-Tuck, Dr. Charvet uses the thinnest incisions in the least visible areas possible to limit scarring. Most incisions are made in the pubic region or belly button and can be easily obscured by a swimsuit or underwear.

The incision for a traditional tummy tuck and a Cali-Tuck typically extends from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. However, the length and placement of the incision may be adjusted to meet individual needs and goals. That’s why a pre-surgical consultation is so important.

Sometimes, a mini tummy tuck may be a better option for patients with less excess skin or fat in the lower abdomen. The mini tummy tuck involves a smaller incision located right below the belly button.

What can I expect from the recovery process?

After tummy tuck surgery, patients can expect to have a scar where the incision was made. However, with proper aftercare, the scar will fade over time and become less noticeable.

The recovery process following tummy tuck surgery may take several weeks, and patients should plan to take time off from work and other activities to allow for proper healing. During the initial recovery period, patients should rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting. You'll also likely need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and promote healing.

Some discomfort and swelling are to be expected during the recovery process, and most patients can manage these symptoms with pain medication and cold compresses.

To reduce infection and complications after abdominoplasty, it's vital to keep the surgical site clean.

Get drainless tummy tuck surgery in New Orleans

If you're considering tummy tuck surgery, it is important to understand that the length of the incision will depend on several factors, including the amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed, and your individual anatomy and desired outcome.

If you want to learn more about the Cali-Tuck and enjoy the benefits of a flatter, more toned abdomen, schedule a consultation with Dr. Heath Charvet at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa. We serve patients throughout the greater NOLA area at our upscale facility on Magazine Street in New Orleans, LA.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.