Dr. Ken Smart considers tummy tuck procedures to be his favorite surgeries. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and other tissue from the abdomen. Dr. Smart usually combines tummy tuck surgery with liposuction to produce natural-looking, contoured results.View transcript
Tummy tuck surgery is probably my favorite procedure to do. A tummy tuck is a removal of excess skin. It also includes tightening the muscle, the rectus abdominis muscles, which gets split apart during pregnancy. And I almost always do liposuction around the waistline when I do a tummy tuck. So who most commonly gets a tummy tuck, are women who have had children, but it can also be just people who have had weight loss. And I do tummy tucks on men as well. But the reason why tummy tucks are one of my favorite procedures to perform is because of the massive change in the patient's body that it can result in. The changes that occur because of pregnancy cannot be reversed with exercise alone. When you have excess skin, you can't exercise that away. I take it away with a tummy tuck surgery. I also correct the split in the rectus muscles which occurs with pregnancy. That can't be done with exercise. And then I do liposuction to do things like highlight the abdominal contour to give nice, muscular highlights and a beautiful hourglass waistline. What I do that I think sets me apart is, first off, it's a beautiful belly button. I have patients come in here every day when I'm seeing consultations who say, "I've done the research and you do the best belly buttons." So not to brag on myself, but I hear that from patients and they pick up on it. And then the next thing is to give them a very low scar. Everyone's concerned about the length of the scar from a tummy tuck. But if that scar is low and they can wear a bikini and hide that scar, they never complain about it. Most of my patients who have an office-type or desk-type job can go back to work after a tummy tuck in about two weeks. I do liposuction with almost every tummy tuck I perform and that's because most people do have a little extra fat around their waistline. And when you're doing a tummy tuck surgery, if you only concentrate on the front and you don't treat the back, you end up with kind of an uneven result. You want it to flow circumferentially from the front to the back. And then I also use liposuction on the front again to enhance those muscular contours.