Tummy Tuck Specialist

Kaiulani Morimoto, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in Spokane Valley, WA

A tummy tuck helps to tighten areas on the abdomen that cannot be addressed with diet and exercise alone. Dr. Morimoto treats patients seeking tummy tuck procedures in Spokane Valley, Washington and the surrounding areas.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

by Kaiulani Morimoto, MD

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is used to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It also tightens the abdomen making it smoother.

Reasons for considering a Tummy Tuck:

  • The presence of unsightly stretch marks on the abdomen
  • Loose, sagging abdominal skin
  • Laxity and bulging of the abdominal wall due to separated abdominal muscles

What is the procedure like?

It usually takes up to three hours for a full abdominoplasty to be performed. An incision is made from hip to hip with an additional incision around the belly button. A partial or mini abdominoplasty can be performed in less time and is often combined with liposuction depending on the patient’s body. The incision is much shorter and does not entail the additional incision around the navel. For both the full and mini tummy tuck, incisions will be placed along the natural skin crease of the lower abdomen to make the scar less visible. The abdominal muscles are brought together and excess skin and fat are removed.

What is recovery like?

Recovery from a tummy tuck will depend on the type of surgery. You should plan to avoid driving, working and vigorous exercise or heavy lifting for at least three to six weeks. Any drains that are placed during surgery will be removed in the office after about three weeks depending on the surgery performed. Compression garments will be placed by Dr. Morimoto at the time of surgery to minimize swelling and will need to be worn for six to eight weeks. Some swelling and discomfort is common after a tummy tuck procedure, but it can be controlled with oral pain medication. Complications after surgery are unusual but do occur. Dr. Morimoto will give you post-operative instructions. By following these instructions, you will minimize your risk for complications.