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Tummy Tuck Candidates Abdominoplasty may be an option if you have:

Post-Pregnancy Imperfections

  • Diastasis recti: a separation of the rectus abdominus muscles that can result from pregnancy or the aging process
  • An unattractive C-section scar with excess skin
  • A loosened, fatty, unattractive, or hanging mons (pubic area)

A Dissatisfying Midsection

  • Loose, wrinkled, or hanging skin of the abdomen. This can be unsightly and can even create problems with hygiene
  • Scarring of the abdomen that you wish to reduce
  • Fatty excess of the abdominal wall in combination with the above

Ideal candidates should be in good overall health. Tummy tucks produce permanent scarring, and prospective patients should be aware of the locations of these scars and the fact that no guarantee can be provided as to the appearance of the scars. While we understand that weight loss can sometimes be extremely difficult, it is best to be at or near your goal weight prior to abdominal contouring.

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

Dr. Joseph O’Connell, Total Aesthetics in Westport, CT

Different Types of Tummy Tucks

Various types of abdominoplasties are categorized by the following:

1: The amount of skin that is removed

2: The location of the scars

3: The extent of undermining performed

4: Whether liposuction is concomitantly performed.

Some common types of abdominoplasties are:

Full Abdominoplasty

Skin is removed from the umbilicus (belly button) to the pubic area with repair of muscle separation (diastasis recti) sometimes accompanied by fat removal via liposuction. Scarring is usually in the bikini line area (“hip-to-hip”) and around the umbilicus.

Mini Abdominoplasty

Skin is removed in a limited area just above the pubic area and is usually not accompanied by muscle repair. Scarring is limited to a small region of the suprapubic area, resembling an extended C-section scar. This can be an excellent alternative for women with a slight amount of overhang just above their C-section scar.

Partial/Modified Abdominoplasty

Skin is removed from the pubic region upward but stops well short of the umbilicus. Muscle repair and liposuction are commonly performed. Scarring in the suprapubic or bikini area is shorter than in full abdominoplasty, and there is usually no scar around the umbilicus.


A type of full abdominoplasty where more limited undermining is performed and replaced with more extensive liposuction.

Dr. Joseph O’Connell

New York Trained, Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

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Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

As with all plastic surgical procedures, safety is paramount. During your confidential consultation, Dr. O’Connell will carefully review your medical history including allergies, medication and tobacco use, and, especially, any excessive tendency for clotting. Because pregnancy and weight loss can affect each prospective abdominoplasty patient differently, Dr. O’Connell will carefully evaluate the relative contributions of skin excess, muscle separation (diastasis recti), and fatty excess to help you determine which procedures might provide the best aesthetic results for you.

You will have an opportunity to view explanatory videos and interactive diagrams on TouchMD® as well as photographs of prior tummy tuck patients to help you understand your anatomy and the effects of pregnancy, weight loss, and the aging process and also to understand your aesthetic goals. The various options for abdominal contouring, both surgical and non-surgical, will be reviewed along with their risks, costs, and potential benefits, and you will have ample opportunity to have all your questions answered. Finally, you will be provided with written materials to help you understand the options for abdominoplasty—you can even review your consultation at home with TouchMD.

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When undergoing tummy tuck surgery


Following abdominoplasty, you will rest in the “beach chair” position but are encouraged to ambulate immediately after surgery. Our patients initially wear an abdominal binder with padding. You will be provided with pain medication and medications to prevent nausea and vomiting as well as detailed written instructions. Most patients are allowed to shower at 48 hours.

Most patients are able to drive in about 7 days and can return to sedentary work in about 10 days. For many years, Dr. O’Connell has allowed his patients to resume gym workouts at 21 days following surgery (provided that no true hernias were repaired during the procedure).

Dr. O’Connell will see you several times during the postoperative period to ensure that healing is progressing normally, to review your care, and to address any questions or concerns that you might have.


All medical and surgical procedures carry risks and potential complications, and the final decision whether to proceed with surgery is a personal one based upon your evaluation of the risks and potential benefits of abdominoplasty. Some risks of tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Bleeding, infection, and difficulty with wound healing
  • Seroma: an accumulation of fluid beneath the abdominal skin
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE): blood clots that can travel to the lungs
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Malposition of the belly button
  • Chronic pain

Because of the added risk of VTE associated with abdominoplasty, at Total Aesthetics, all patients are risk stratified with a Caprini score in order to help determine appropriate risk reduction measures.


According to recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a tummy tuck is $5,493. It is important to understand that the cost of tummy tuck surgery can vary widely and the average fee noted above does not include facility and anesthesia costs or other related expenses such as medications, garments, and medical tests. Because most full and modified abdominoplasties are performed under general anesthesia in hospitals or other licensed outpatient facilities, the facility and anesthesia costs can easily account for 50 percent or more of the total cost. While most health insurance plans do not cover tummy tuck surgery, Dr. O’Connell offers patient financing through CareCredit.


The scarring from abdominoplasty surgery is designed to be hidden as much as possible by a swimsuit or undergarment. There is often a scar adjacent to the belly button that remains visible in two-piece swimwear.

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How is Total Aesthetics different?


Dr. O’Connell is the originator of the BAND-Abdominoplasty, which stands for the hallmarks of his technique, “Bidirectional, Absorbable, No Drain.” His technique includes repair of the muscle diastasis utilizing bidirectional Quill™ sutures, which are also used to close the skin. In order to reduce the risk of long-term infection, only absorbable sutures are used and no permanent suture material is utilized in most cases. Finally, whenever possible, Dr. O’Connell performs a drainless tummy tuck, or “no-drain abdominoplasty,” with an advanced technique utilizing progressive tension sutures.

Body contouring is about shape, and plastic surgeons are the physicians who are most experienced and qualified in this area. Dr. O’Connell has over 35 years of hands-on experience in body contouring, and abdominoplasty is one of the surgical procedures that he specializes in.

In most cases, Dr. O’Connell performs an advanced technique of abdominoplasty that does not require drains or permanent sutures.

The first step towards a new, beautiful you is to schedule a personal consultation.

Along with providing the highest level of care, no effort is spared to create an environment where each patient is nurtured and cared for as an individual. Use our form to contact Dr. O’Connell with questions about any of our aesthetic or plastic surgery procedures.

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