What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, is done to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen to create a slimmer and tighter abdomen profile. A tummy tuck can also restore weakened or separated abdominal muscles, most commonly due to pregnancy.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Individuals who are experiencing excess fat, skin, and weakened abdominal muscles due to pregnancy, aging, hereditary, prior surgery, or major fluctuations in weight can often benefit from a tummy tuck. Patients should be at a healthy, stable weight, and be non-smokers to be considered for this procedure. Individuals can discuss their individual aesthetic goals with Dr. Howland during a consultation.

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What to Expect

There are three different tummy tuck techniques that can be used to enhance the abdomen profile. These include:

Mini Abdominoplasty

During a mini abdominoplasty, a small incision is made above the pubic area. Excess skin and fat will be removed, and muscles will be tightened. Individuals who have a small amount of stubborn fat below the navel are good candidates for this procedure.

Full Abdominoplasty

During a full abdominoplasty, an incision is created above the pubic region, and around the navel. Excess skin and fat are removed, and muscles tightened. Liposuction may be used to further contour the abdomen. This surgery is done for individuals with a moderate amount of excess abdominal skin and fat.

Extended Abdominoplasty

During an extended abdominoplasty, an incision is made above the pubic region and extends around to the hips. Another incision will be made around the navel. Excess fat and skin is removed, muscles tightened, and the belly button will be repositioned. Individuals who have experienced massive weight loss can benefit from this technique.


Drains may be placed during surgery to help collect any excess fluids during recovery. Compression garments must be worn to control swelling. Bruising and soreness will also occur, which can be controlled with pain medication. Drains are usually removed 3-14 days after surgery. Patients commonly need about two weeks off of work to recover. Following Dr. Howland’s post-op instructions is important to achieve optimal results.

Patients in the Salt Lake City and Draper areas can contact our office today to schedule their initial consultation. We would also be happy to answer any questions that you may have.