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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) at The SHAW Center

A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is one of the most popular procedures performed today. The Abdominoplasty procedure is an ideal solution to remove unwanted skin from the stomach and tightening the separated abdominal muscles resulting from pregnancy or weight loss. leading to a.

The result is a youthful “pre-pregnancy” look; with a flatter, tighter abdomen. In some instances a Tummy Tuck can even help improve stretch marks, especially if they are located below the navel.

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What are the incisions used in a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty is the surgical excision of excess skin to the abdomen. An ellipse of skin is removed between the umbilicus (navel) and the hairline of the mons area. This also means that C-section scars are removed as well. This skin above the umbilicus is then lifted off the abdominal wall muscles up to the level of the rib cage and then pulled down to the level of the mons and closed. Before this is done, however, the loose abdominal wall muscles are tightened - which, also narrows the waistline. It does produce a permanent scar.

What is a mini tummy tuck?
In selected patients, a limited skin excision can be performed, which can then be combined with direct liposuction of the abdomen (this is usually not advised in a traditional abdominoplasty as it can significantly compromise the blood supply and increase risks of wound development). The umbilicus is not cut out but only relocated and the abdominal wall is tightened before completing the procedure. Although the scar length is shorter, the final result is usually not as tight and so most candidates for a tummy tuck elect to undergo the traditional abdominoplasty.

Can other procedures be performed with a tummy tuck?
Patients often have multiple procedures at the same time. The most common include breast augmentation, breast lifts and/or liposuction. This saves both time and money since costs are often reduced when multiple procedures are combined.

Dr. Lawrence Shaw offers cosmetic breast and plastic surgery for Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, including procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, rhinoplasty, cosmetic facial and eyelid surgery. He serves Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Tempe, Chandler and cosmetic surgery patients from across Arizona. With the exception of the photo gallery which are all patients of Lawrence W. Shaw, MD, all other photos on this website are models and not actual patients unless stated otherwise. © 2012 Lawrence Shaw, MD


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8913 E. Bell Road #201
Scottsdale, AZ 85260