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What is Abdominoplasty?


An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a powerful surgery that removes loose abdominal tissue and realigns the rectus abdominus “six-pack” muscles. This procedure is both functional and cosmetic.

Many men and women undergo fluctuations in weight, either age-related or from planned weight loss. With any substantial weight loss, patients are frequently left with widened abdominal girth, and excessively loose abdominal skin, both above and below the belly button.

After pregnancy, many women develop a condition, called diastasis recti, where the abdominal muscles become permanently separated, causing core weakness and a protuberant abdomen. Once developed, it cannot be corrected with diet or exercise. Dr. Parcells’ approach to treating these issues focuses on restoring abdominal core strength by surgically re-tightening the rectus abdominis muscles and removing excess skin and fat to create or restore the natural waistline. When both procedures are done simultaneously, the result can be life-changing.

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Candidates for a Tummy Tuck


Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Women who have completed their families and are no longer considering a future pregnancy
  • Those who have undergone massive weight loss and have excess overhanging skin
  • Have weak core strength not improving with exercise
  • Have pockets of abdominal fat not improving with weight loss
  • Are also at or near their ideal body weight, and are able to successfully maintain this weight without extreme diets or exercise measures.
  • Are in good general health and are invested in a surgical recovery

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On average, this procedure takes between 2-4 hours in the operating room and requires general anesthesia.

An overnight stay in the hospital is recommended, both for pain control and monitoring for signs of infection or complication. On the day after surgery, patients are placed in a compression garment, similar to an abdominal binder, that aids with the reduction of swelling and improved comfort. It is recommended for use for 6-12 weeks post-surgery.

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Every woman is different and has unique needs.


After a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Parcells, a customized surgical plan will be proposed.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Parcells will thoroughly review your medical history and discuss your concerns and desired outcome. She will then perform a detailed physical examination, including an assessment of skin tone and laxity, as well as an assessment of hernias, diastasis recti, and other abdominal conditions.

At the consultation, Dr. Parcells will also extend her expert advice, review the options for achieving the desired outcome, and will review the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the proposed procedure.

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Recovery After Tummy Tuck

Once discharged from the hospital, most patients are moving slowly around their house, in a slightly bent position, for the first week after surgery.

A short, daily walk is encouraged. No activities, such as cooking, cleaning, or any household chores should be attempted for the first 1-2 weeks of recovery.

Most patients are back to their usual daily activities by 2 weeks after surgery and may begin to resume more strenuous physical activities starting around the 4 weeks. Depending on your occupation, you may be able to return to work after 2-3 weeks.

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Here at Parcells Plastic Surgery, we want you to feel confident and celebrate your natural beauty. Our goal is to educate and empower you to decide what's best for your body.

We look forward to meeting you and addressing your aesthetic concerns. Call or text us if you would like to know more, or schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Parcells. We hope to see you soon

Tummy Tuck FAQs

Diastasis recti occur when the rectus abdominis muscles, also known as the “six-pack” muscles of the abdominal wall, become separated. This often occurs after extreme weight gain or loss, such as with pregnancy. However, the connection between the two muscles (the linea alba) remains intact, though widened. There is no hole or opening in the lining of the abdominal wall.

A hernia occurs where a hole or opening does develop in the fascia. As a result, part of the intestine may protrude through this opening, risking damage to the intestine and/or infection. This is closely evaluated prior to surgery. If discovered, this is usually easily repaired at the time of abdominoplasty by a general surgeon and is covered by insurance.

Yes. After this surgery, it is the body’s natural response to healing to create fluid. For proper healing, this fluid must be slowly removed from the body via the placement of 2 drains, one at each hip. Once no longer needed, approximately 1-2 weeks post-surgery, the drains are easily removed in the office. Forgoing the use of a drain can lead to complications, such as infection or fluid accumulation (known as a seroma), leading to additional procedures and prolonged recovery.

For the removal of excess lower abdominal skin, a hip to hip incision is required. However, it is hidden below the underwear or bathing suit line. Previous abdominal scarring, such as a C-section scar or stretch marks, can often be revised at the same time as this procedure. Depending on the severity of the diastasis or amount of extra skin, additional abdominal incisions may be required and will be discussed prior to surgery.

No. While a tummy tuck seeks to restore the strength and alignment of the abdominal muscles, a body lift only addresses the loose skin and excess fat of the abdomen, along with the hips, back, and upper buttocks. Instead of a hip to hip incision, the body lift requires an incision that goes all the way around the entire body.

If you are considering a tummy tuck, it is important to work with a qualified physician. Dr. Parcells is a Top Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon licensed in the state of New Jersey. She is Board-Certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is an expert in the field of aesthetics.

Here at Parcells Plastic Surgery, we want you to feel confident and celebrate your natural beauty. Our goal is to educate and empower you to decide what's best for your body. We look forward to meeting you and addressing your aesthetic concerns. Call or text us if you would like to know more, or schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Parcells. We hope to see you soon!

A mini tummy tuck only addresses loose skin and excess fat under the belly button. It does not address the laxity of the abdominal muscles, protruding the upper abdomen, or remove the excess pockets of fat above the belly button.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?


The final step of the consultation is to meet with our patient care coordinator who will guide you through the process of scheduling and arriving at your surgery.

She will discuss an individualized quote for your mommy makeover, as well as address the logistics of your procedure. As not all cosmetic procedures are covered by insurance, Dr. Parcells has partnered with CareCredit to help you achieve your aesthetic goals today.

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Why Choose Dr. Parcells For Your Tummy Tuck

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Dr. Parcells is a Top Female Plastic Surgeon licensed in the state of New Jersey and is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Her unique perspective as a female plastic surgeon gives her a valuable understanding of what her patients go through which brings them to her for plastic surgery, as well as what you will experience from the results of your surgery. Having a doctor who understands your experiences can make the world of difference in your aesthetic journey.

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Parcells Plastic Surgery offers the most advanced surgical and cosmetic medical spa treatments to women in New Jersey.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexis Parcells is here to educate and empower you to celebrate your natural beauty.

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