Tummy Tuck and Liposuction of the Abdomen, Flanks and Sides

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Case ID: 3236

Front: Abdominoplasty and Liposuction of abdomen, flanks and sides

Front: Abdominoplasty and Liposuction of abdomen, flanks and sides

Front: Abdominoplasty and Liposuction of abdomen, flanks and sides


This 37 year old mother of two came to see Dr. Medalie in his Beachwood office. She was interested in abdominopolasty and liposuction of the abdomen and sides to obtain a better abdomen contour. The surgery was performed at University Suburban Health Surgery Center (Wright) in an outpatient setting, and during the tummy tuck, Dr. Medalie removed excess skin and fatty tissue, resized the belly button and also tightened the muscle fascia of the abdominal wall to prevent tummy bulge. The patient is shown 6 months after the procedure with an excellent new abdomen and side contour. She was very pleased with her results. Below is some general information about tummy tuck surgeries. Please remember that plastic surgery results are not guaranteed.


Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

What Tummy Tuck Surgery Can’t Do

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.

Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.