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Tummy Tuck

Achieve a Flatter and Firmer Abdomen with Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure performed by Dr. Rodney Green at his Cleveland plastic surgery practice. This surgery is designed to restore an attractive abdomen shape after events such as pregnancy or massive weight loss. A tummy tuck is typically recommended when diet and exercise cannot improve the abdomen’s contour, as they cannot address abdominal wall tissue laxity.

If you’ve noticed a significant change in your abdomen’s appearance after pregnancy or weight loss and feel self-conscious, tummy tuck surgery may benefit you. Dr. Green encourages anyone interested in the procedure to research and schedule a consultation to discuss candidacy and treatment options.

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What Can a Tummy Tuck Achieve?

A tummy tuck enhances the contour and appearance of a protruding abdomen by:

  • Removing loose, hanging skin
  • Tightening the remaining abdominal skin
  • Eliminating excess fat
  • Repairing weakened or separated abdominal wall muscles
  • Narrowing the waist

Tummy tuck surgery often improves the appearance of stretch marks on the lower abdomen, as these marks are more obvious on loose skin. After a tummy tuck, your abdomen will look flatter and firmer, making clothing and swimwear fit better and boosting self-confidence.

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Who is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck candidates should be in good health, non-smokers, and maintain a stable weight. Overweight individuals are not ideal candidates. Candidates should understand the surgery’s benefits and risks and have reasonable goals and expectations.

To determine tummy tuck candidacy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green by calling 440-449-8880.

What is the Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Tummy tuck surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis at Legacy Surgery Center, where Dr. Green is the Medical Director. Anesthesia is administered for patient comfort, and the operation takes about four and a half hours, depending on the specific treatment plan.

Dr. Green makes a horizontal incision on the lower abdomen, low enough for any scarring to be concealed beneath bathing suits or underwear. He removes excess abdominal fat using liposuction techniques and excises loose, hanging skin. Dr. Green tightens the abdominal wall muscles in a side-to-side fashion to narrow the waist. The belly button remains in place and is brought out through a new location.

After completing the surgical modifications, Dr. Green closes the incision with sutures and applies a bandage. A special binder garment may be wrapped around the waist to put slight pressure on the healing tissues. Dr. Green uses a no-drain technique with a progressive tension technique to improve the scar and reduce seroma formation.

What is the Recovery after a Tummy Tuck?

Following a tummy tuck, patients must arrange for an adult to drive them home and stay with them for at least the first 24 hours. For the first few days, patients should rest and take oral medication to manage any pain. Walking is encouraged.

Dr. Green may make a post-operative house call to change surgical dressings, providing a unique and comfortable service during recovery. He closely monitors tummy tuck patients as they heal. In many cases, Dr. Green avoids using drains, simplifying the recovery process.

Tummy tuck patients should take at least one to two weeks off from work to recover and avoid strenuous activity and exercise for several weeks. Dr. Green will inform patients when it’s safe to return to work, exercise, socializing, and other activities.

Most post-operative side effects subside within a month, but full recovery can take up to six months. The scarring along the incision line fades considerably over time.

Achieve Your Dream Body With Our Experienced Surgical Team

We understand that your body is unique, and your goals for surgery are too. That’s why we offer a variety of surgical procedures to help you achieve your desired results.

Dr. Rodney Green is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and support. We will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs and expectations.

Call us at 440-449-8880 or email us at to take the first step toward the body of your dreams. to take the first step toward the body of your dreams.