Tummy Tuck

Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute

Jason Leedy, MD

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Mayfield Heights, OH

Does your abdomen refuse to return to its pre-pregnancy state, regardless of how many sit-ups and crunches you do? If so, consider a tummy tuck with a board-certified plastic surgeon: Dr. Jason Leedy of Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute. With a convenient office location in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Dr. Leedy can smooth your belly area, eliminating unwanted fat and excess skin. To learn more about the procedure or to see if it’s right for you, call Dr. Leedy’s office or go online today to schedule your appointment.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted and excessive fat and skin from your abdominal area. Also called an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck contours both the upper and lower abdominal areas.

A tummy tuck is ideal for women who have had multiple pregnancies, as well as men and women who’ve lost a significant amount of weight or have a genetic predisposition toward extra skin in the tummy area.

Mini tummy tucks consist of an abdominoplasty on just the lower abdomen, and Dr. Lee prefers them when the area isn’t as severely stretched.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

When you see Dr. Leedy for a tummy tuck, the procedure often happens under general anesthesia. He begins by making an incision in your lower abdomen and around your belly button.

He uses tools to bring your abdomen muscles together and sutures them. This creates a flat midsection and defines your waist. Dr. Leedy then removes excess fat and trims your skin, so it sits smooth and taut against your abdomen. He closes your incisions and applies a dressing.

Most tummy tuck surgeries take about three hours, and Dr. Leedy performs them on an outpatient basis.

In a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Leedy only uses one incision, making this the optimal procedure for patients with laxity in only the lower abdomen area.

What should you expect after a tummy tuck?

After your tummy tuck, the treatment area remains sore and swollen for a few days. Dr. Leedy recommends over-the-counter pain relievers to minimize any discomfort and advises that you take regular short walks to reduce your risk of blood clots.

In most cases, patients return to work in two to three weeks, although some may need light duty. Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least six weeks after your tummy tuck.

Whether it’s from pregnancy or weight gain and loss, sometimes changes to your abdomen occur that you can’t fix with diet and exercise. When this happens, turn to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leedy.

Call Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute today or go online to book your initial consultation and be one step closer to the tummy you’ve always wanted.