Tummy Tuck

How is a Tummy Tuck Done?

May 20, 2023

Tummy Tuck

If you have stubborn fat and loose, excess skin around your stomach, you may be frustrated with a lack of success from exercise and dieting. A tummy tuck at Cornerstone Plastic Surgery may be the solution to restore a beach-worthy body with a slim, contoured abdomen.

What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

A tummy tuck is one of Dr. Coville’s favorite procedures. It’s a cosmetic surgery technique that creates a flatter, smoother abdomen. Also known as abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. The surgery is typically recommended for individuals who have lost significant weight or have excess skin due to childbirth. 

How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?

A tummy tuck is a multi-step procedure customized to each patient’s needs. First, you will be gently given anesthesia while listening to relaxing music. Dr. Coville will be by your side as he ensures you are comfortable during the surgery. Then, Dr. Coville will make a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline. You will have decided with Dr. Fred on where the incision will be placed. He usually can accommodate you, so it lies hidden within your bikini line. How long the incision is will depend on your particular needs, goals, and circumstances. 

Next, Dr. Coville separates the skin from the abdominal muscles and lifts it to access the underlying tissues. He removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles into a more toned position. Dr. Fred will often give you a beautiful hourglass waistline with his signature “Cornerstone Cinch Stitch.” 

Usually, he likes to sculpt your abdomen, waist, and love handles at the same time with liposuction. This is above and beyond what many surgeons do during their abdominoplasty; and results in a beautifully flat and sculpted tummy that you will be very proud of. 

Once he has finished performing the internal tailoring, he will remove any excess skin and create a new belly button for you. He follows that with meticulous skin suturing to give you the best scar possible. 

A full tummy tuck typically takes two to four hours. Dr. Coville frequently includes liposuction in the surgery for better slimming results. A mini tummy tuck may be ideal for patients with mild to moderate sagging and excess skin.

Tummy Tuck Results and Recovery

After a tummy tuck, your abdomen will be swollen, and you can expect some discomfort for a few days. Dr. Coville will give you detailed instructions and prescribe pain medication as needed, and we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns during your recovery. Depending on the extent of your procedure, you can return to work in two to four weeks.

As swelling subsides, you’ll see a slimmer, more toned abdomen. The effects of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, but age and weight changes can cause more sagging and unwanted fat. With a healthy lifestyle and weight management, you can enjoy abdominoplasty results for several years.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Coville today and develop
a custom plan to reach your unique aesthetic goals!


Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are typically people with excess skin and fat in the abdominal area because of weight loss, pregnancy, or age. A tummy tuck is not a replacement for weight loss, and if you’re planning to lose weight, you should do so before the procedure. Additionally, women should be finished having children before having this procedure.


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Take the Next Step 

Are you ready to learn more about a tummy tuck? Schedule a consultation with Cornerstone Plastic Surgery using the form below by calling 609-957-5652 to learn more!

Cornerstone Plastic Surgery has two premier locations in Linwood and Tom’s River, NJ.