Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery

If weight changes or pregnancy have permanently altered the shape of your mid-section, come into Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery for a tummy tuck procedure. Also called an abdominoplasty, this treatment is the solution to stubborn love handles, excess skin, and belly bulges. Rediscover a tight, flat tummy with a Michigan abdominoplasty at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery.

Learn more about your options for reshaping the abdominal area by calling our Ann Arbor (734-913-5100) or Jackson (517-789-9800) plastic surgery office.

Tummy Tuck: Insider Tips at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery

As you look at before and after photos of abdominoplasty patients, pay close attention to the belly button. A highly skilled surgeon will hide this incision inside of the belly button, rendering it practically invisible and creating a more natural appearance.

Could you benefit from a “Mommy Makeover”? Many of our tummy tuck patients are post-baby moms. While a tummy tuck restores the middle, a mommy makeover provides total body rejuvenation. Pair your abdominoplasty with complementary procedures like breast surgery and labiaplasty to restore your body after baby.

If you love low-rise jeans or wear bikinis, you’ll want a low incision for your abdominoplasty. Ask your surgeon about incision placement to ensure you’ll still be able to wear your favorite styles with confidence.

Excess fat tends to leave abdominal incisions with a full, raised appearance. Liposuction can smooth out these incisions for a smoother, more attractive result.

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Our Michigan plastic surgery specialists understand that the difference is in the details when it comes to achieving your desired results. Visit Dr. Malhotra and Dr. Ballard at our Ann Arbor or Jackson locations to learn more.

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Look your best and feel confident with your abdominal appearance again. Abdominoplasty has many benefits including:

Tightening and Repair of the Abdominal Muscles

The paired abdominal rectus muscles are often stretched out or separated after pregnancy, weight changes, and aging, a condition called rectus diastasis. Cosmetic abdominal surgery realigns and sutures these muscles together to strengthen the core and restore a flat tummy.

Reshape the Belly Button

We’ll tighten up and reshape your belly button as needed.

Before and After
Before and After

Removes Excess Abdominal Skin

Skin stretches with weight gain and pregnancy but doesn’t always contract after. Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the tummy area.

Better Posture and Less Back Pain

Abdominoplasty strengthens the core, improving posture and potentially reducing back pain symptoms.

Tummy tuck surgery benefits both men and women and is one of our most popular procedures here at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery. We tailor each patient’s operative plan based on his or her baseline appearance and unique surgical goals.

Standard Tummy Tuck vs. Power Tuck in Michigan

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that contours and reshapes the abdominal area. We begin with a low horizontal incision that extends across the pubic area and hips. The skin is lifted off the abdominal wall, and then re-draped and tightened, with the extra skin removed.  The underlying rectus muscles are sutured together to strengthen the abdominal wall and make it flat. The belly button is then brought out in a new incision, using specialized techniques to tuck it in and make it look natural.

The Power Tuck – Abdominoplasty + Liposuction

Power Tuck builds upon the results of a traditional tummy tuck by pairing it with flank liposuction. You’ll get all the benefits of a standard abdominoplasty plus:

  • Fat removal + profile slimming
  • Results from 2 surgical procedures in 1 operation and with 1 recovery period
  • Dramatic results

Which option is right for you: a standard tummy tuck or a Power Tuck? We’ll explore both options with you at your consultation and help you decide. We also offer a mini tummy tuck for select patients that have limited skin laxity and muscle loosening located solely below the belly button.

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction: Which Procedure is best for me?

Both liposuction and abdominoplasty can reshape the midsection. Which procedure do you need?

Choose liposuction alone if: You have extra fat with tight, elastic skin and limited to no overhanging skin.

Choose a tummy tuck alone if: You have minimal fat with loose skin and stretch marks. Some patients have a protuberant stomach due to muscle separation.

Choose a tummy tuck with flank liposuction if: You want a complete midsection transformation. This procedure, aka a Power Tuck”, is best for patients with loose skin, extra fat, muscle separation, and stubborn love handles that extend to their back.

Our Power Tuck, an abdominoplasty and liposuction combination, creates the most dramatic transformation and is an excellent fit for most of our patients.


Let our before and after gallery show you the expertise of Michigan’s plastic surgery specialists Dr. Pramit Malhotra and Dr. Tiffany Ballard. Place your trust in the skilled hands of our board-certified surgeons who understand that the difference is in the details.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

If you’ve tried diet and exercise, but still can’t achieve your ideal abdominal contour, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. We regularly perform this procedure on both men and women with excellent results. Ideally, patients are close to their target weight with excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. We’ll talk about your candidacy for the procedure in more depth at your consultation.

Our abdominoplasty patients typically require 10-14 days off from work. If you receive a mini tuck, recovery times may be shorter. Expect tenderness, bruising, and swelling. Patients will have activity restrictions for 4 weeks and slowly resume their daily activities as directed by their surgeon.

If you have stretch marks on the central lower abdomen, odds are your procedure will remove the majority of them. This procedure removes skin, and the stretch marks on that skin too. Stretch marks over the hips and upper abdomen are generally not removed.

Scarring is inevitable after a tummy tuck, but skilled plastic surgeons like Dr. Malhotra and Dr. Ballard use techniques to minimize the scar as much as possible. Our incisions are low, just above the pubic bone, and are easily hidden, even when wearing low cut jeans or bikini bottoms. We use advanced suturing techniques to optimize the way the scars heal and often perform liposuction around the incision sites to ensure that excess fat doesn’t create a ridgeline along the incision.

Is a tummy tuck right for you? Contact Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery to learn more about this abdominal transformation.