Tummy Tuck

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When it comes to an ideal figure, a flat and toned abdominal area is essential in creating an attractive and well-proportioned silhouette. But unfortunately for many women, diet and exercise alone are not always enough when it comes to achieving the desired results. Excess abdominal fat and skin are common problems that can be caused by genetics, pregnancy, aging, or weight fluctuation. Through a surgical procedure called abdominoplasty – better known as a tummy tuck – excess fat and skin are removed and weak or separated muscles are restored. The result is a smooth, flat, and firm abdominal area and a more proportioned figure.

Tummy Tuck Procedure in East Lansing

A tummy tuck procedure, in East Lansing, is usually performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made beneath the belly button and above the pubic hairline to remove excess skin, tighten muscles, and for liposuction to remove excess fat. At the completion of the surgery, taping and dressings are placed to help protect and heal the wound. In some cases, the insertion of a small tube is required temporarily to help drain any excess fluid.

Tummy Tuck Recovery in East Lansing

Following surgery, early ambulation is encouraged. Swelling, soreness, and drainage are common during healing and can be managed with pain medications as directed. Recovery times will vary, but light activity can begin in two weeks and all post-operative instructions should be followed carefully. Following recovery, the full results of a tummy tuck can be seen as a beautifully flat and defined abdomen.


Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck will not prevent you from becoming pregnant. In order to get the most long-lasting results from your procedure, its best to be finished having children before undergoing your surgery.

How many sizes do you drop with a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasties remove excess skin thereby reducing your weight by one to two pant sizes on average. However, candidates for the tummy tuck should already be around their ideal weight since tummy tucks are not a weight loss treatment option and should not be used as such.

Does a tummy tuck tighten muscles?

Yes, a tummy tuck can tighten loose or separated abdominal muscles for a tighter, firmer, and slimmer abdomen.

Which is better: liposuction or tummy tuck?

There is no straight answer on which procedure is betteru2014 cosmetic procedures are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Liposuction focuses more on localized, excess fat, whereas a tummy tuck focuses more on excess skin and abdominal muscle separation, or diastasis recti. These two procedures are often done in conjunction with each other. Ultimately, Dr. Colony will recommend which is best for your needs.

Is it safe to combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

Yes, tummy tucks can be combined. Tummy tucks are a common procedure performed in the “mommy makeover” along with liposuction and/or a breast procedure. Combination procedures may lead to longer recovery time, but Dr. Colony will walk you through the combined processes.

How long do tummy tucks last?

The results of a tummy tuck are meant to be permanent. In order to maintain results, be sure to partake in a healthy lifestyle and maintain your weight.

Do men get tummy tuck?

Yes, men can undergo the tummy tuck procedure and achieve great results.

Do you have to be skinny to get a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, so patients should be at or near their goal weight before undergoing a tummy tuck.

Can you lose weight after a tummy tuck?

Yes, a small amount of weight can be lost due to the removal of excess skin tissue. However, a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. Therefore, patients should be within 10-15 lbs of their ideal weight before surgery.

How do you prepare for a tummy tuck?

When preparing for abdominoplasty, you should stop smoking as soon as possible as it can impact your body's ability to recover. Consult Dr. Colony about all your current medications and have someone ready to help you recover. Make sure you take time off work before the date of surgery.

Patient Testimonials

I want to say Thank you to Dr. Colony for the amazing job he did on fixing my core stomach muscles and a mini tummy tuck. This is the 3rd surgery he has performed on me and I have never been unhappy. After I saw my tummy when the bandages came off, I could not believe that where he cut me you could not see the incision at all. I'm 51 years old and feel very blessed to have found a Plastic Surgeon that is passionate about what he does. And I have always been treated very well by Dr. Colony and his wonderful staff. Thank you Dr. Colony for making me feel good about my appearance again.

Dr. Colony and his staff are amazing. I have called at least 7 times with questions for them (I am getting surgery in May) and they have been so patient, informative, and kind to me. The best part is that they take health and safety very seriously. They care about the patient and care about the work they do and it shows. I would recommend them to anyone who is interested in plastic surgery.

I am beyond thrilled with my choice of a plastic surgeon. Dr. Colony is not only incredibly smart and he's got the bedside manner going for him which is quite hard to find in surgeons. I have not only recommended Colony to many friends, but I've actually realized a couple of friends had gone to him before without me realizing.

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If you are considering the benefits of a tummy tuck in East Lansing, Dr. Lee H. Colony at Michigan Plastic Surgery™ can help. During your complimentary consultation, you and will work together to design a treatment plan to help you achieve the look and figure you desire.

For more information about a tummy tuck, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery™ in East Lansing to schedule your initial consultation today.

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