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What is the Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck surgically tightens the muscles of the lower abdomen and removes the over-stretched skin that remains as a “badge of womanhood.” Your abdomen will become flat and firm. An abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” are two names for the same procedure. However, there are several types of abdominoplasties: “full,” “corset,” “mini,” and “fleur-de-lis.”

Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?

You may be considered a good candidate if your answer is yes to any of the following questions:
● Are you unhappy with your stomach area and exercise just can’t fix it?
● Have you lost weight and your stomach now has wrinkled, loose, or flabby skin?
● Has pregnancy left your stomach with flabby skin and stretch marks?
● Do you have to maneuver and/or tuck your belly into your pants?

What are the results?

Results are amazing! Not seeing “rolls” or hanging crepey skin when you look down at yourself is such a
high! However, there are always trade-offs. There is a long scar across the abdomen for a full
abdominoplasty and an additional vertical scar up and down the abdomen for a corset abdominoplasty.
Scars can be improved with scar creams and/or laser treatments. Lasers can also treat remaining
stretchmarks. Most every patient feels the trade-off is worth it!!

What can I expect?

During your consultation with Dr. Collini, you will discover which type of procedure is needed to correct your problem to help restore “the way you used to be.” Dr. Collini does this by pulling the skin on your stomach together from each side and from top to bottom. If the skin overlaps from top to bottom, you are likely a candidate for the tummy tuck procedure where your incision runs horizontally across the bottom of your stomach. If the skin overlaps from side to side in the middle, you are likely a candidate for the “corset
abdominoplasty,” which gives you a scar down the middle of your stomach. Occasionally, some patients need both. *IF you do not have any problem with extra skin or fat above the stomach button, you may only require a
“mini-abdominoplasty.” This procedure does not involve tightening the abdominal muscles and requires a smaller incision on the lower abdomen.

Down time is different for each patient based on their activity level. This will be discussed during consultation.

What are my options?

Because there are different body types with different problems, Dr. Collini will recommend the best tummy tuck option for you! This discussion and analysis will occur during your consultation.

“Dear Dr. Collini: Thank you so very much. I’ve never been happier with a cosmetic surgery and the personalized care I received post-surgery. I will never go anywhere else in the future. The surgery, the consult, the very attentive staff and my stay after the procedure was incredible. I’m already planning my next procedure.”

People often judge those who choose to have plastic surgery in a negative way. In the beginning, I hid the fact that I have had “work done” now I am open about it. People are going to judge no matter what. Fact is people will also judge you on your looks! Of course no one will admit to it but I know first-hand. What I would really like to talk about is how plastic surgery has impacted my life. I am more confident, I love my picture being taken, I rock a bikini, love dressing up in form fitting clothes!!! Those who judge don’t understand how low self-esteem affects a person’s life. All due to having plastic surgery I have improved my life style! I was overweighting not due to my eating habits but due to medication side effects. I tried every diet and starving myself nothing worked. After I decided to go off my medications for anxiety and depression, I had a tummy tuck and liposuction. Results were amazing I went from a size 14 to 8. Almost 5 years later I am a size 4-6 depending how clothes are made. YES!!!! I continue to look better and better every day. Again the better you feel about yourself the more positive choices you will make. At 43 years old I look better than I did when I was 30 years old!!! I have NEVER had any complications or infections, and every surgery has yielded better results than I ever dreamed of! Dr. Collini and his staff are professionals, who treat you with the upmost respect and kindness that is unheard of today. I could never put into words my gratitude to Dr. Collini and his wonderful staff! They have changed my life!!!! I will continue to have plastic surgery to maintain my looks. Some call it vanity I say to them… why settle?? If you had the opportunity to improve anything in your life, would you do it? YES! So do it, even if it’s improving your looks.  I would NEVER go anywhere else. I am not getting paid for this; I just want to share my thoughts and feelings. I have attached a picture of me taken June 7, 2014 (43 years old). My husband took me to Texas to see George Straight’s final concert ever!  It was 95 degrees and we were tailgating. I am not made up in any way. I am standing in front of AT&T Stadium holding the concert tickets in my hand. Several weeks later my husband read about a contest for the TV show “Fast n Loud”. They wanted real people wearing their clothes for their merchandise catalog. I was wearing a Gas Monkey tank top at the concert and my husband encouraged me to submit a picture! There were hundreds of photos submitted; many I thought were more beautiful than me! Approximately 3 weeks later they choose ME!!!! I was amazed and the first thing I said was “Dang that’s Dr. Collini for ya!!” Sincerely, Sherri Petrill

I had a C-section with my last child. The scar was horrific. It was pinched; it made my belly cave in and have this strange appearance I did not have before. I hated it. I didn’t necessarily go in “for a tummy tuck,” but just to fix the scar. But a tummy tuck is what was recommended to fix it and I could not be happier with my results. My stomach is back to normal and the scar is only a tiny bit longer than the original C-section scar. Thank you so much. I am forever grateful. One Happy Client!

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