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Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that is great for individuals who have loose, excess skin that does not improve with diet or exercise. It will remove loose, excess fat and skin and in most cases, restore weakened or separated muscles creating a firmer, more youthful figure. Popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles impairs body contour, this procedure is commonly coupled with liposuction to achieve the most optimal body contours.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the abdomen. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and the tightening of underlying abdominal muscles. This results in a flatter and more toned appearance of the abdomen.

People opt for tummy tucks for various reasons, including addressing the effects of pregnancy, the natural aging process, significant weight changes, or genetic predisposition. While improving the appearance of the abdomen is a primary goal, the procedure also offers the potential for muscle repair, which can have a positive impact on overall well-being. Whether it's about regaining a pre-pregnancy shape or countering the effects of aging, a tummy tuck can provide both aesthetic and functional benefits, contributing to a more confident and rejuvenated abdominal profile.

Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures

Tummy tuck procedures come in various forms, each tailored to address specific patient needs. Let's explore the different types and their unique techniques:

Traditional Tummy Tuck

This is the standard procedure, involving an incision across the lower abdomen. It's ideal for those with loose skin and weakened muscles, often caused by factors like pregnancy, genetics, or obesity. Liposuction may also be used to contour the abdomen as needed.

Mini Tummy Tuck

For individuals with mild laxity and protrusion below the navel, the mini tummy tuck is a more focused approach. A single incision is made in the pubic area, which will be placed as low as possible and can range from a few inches to the entire span of your abdomen. Through this incision, your surgeon will remove excess skin, tighten muscles and possibly use liposuction to further refine the area. The ideal candidate for a mini-tummy tuck has laxity and protrusion below the navel and is usually recommended for those who have always been in fairly good shape but cannot achieve their aesthetic goals with diet and exercise.

Extended Tummy Tuck

When excess skin extends to the love handles or hips, the extended tummy tuck is the answer. This procedure combines a traditional tummy tuck in the front with a lift over the hip, enhancing overall body contour. The incision is strategically placed to remain discreet even with low-rise clothing.


These variations in tummy tuck procedures ensure that patients can find the right fit for their unique needs and desired outcomes. Whether you're looking for a comprehensive abdominal rejuvenation or a more focused refinement, there's a tummy tuck option tailored just for you. We can help guide your choice during your consultation.


Unique Techniques and Technologies

At The Centre for Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine, we utilize advanced techniques and technologies to optimize your tummy tuck experience. Our approach combines precise liposuction for sculpting with state-of-the-art surgical equipment to minimize discomfort and recovery time. Our focus on patient comfort extends to post-operative care, where we employ innovative wound closure methods that promote faster healing and reduce scarring. As with every procedure, our emphasis is on the patient. We prioritize your comfort and results, ensuring a smoother journey to achieve your desired abdominal appearance.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck

The advantages of a tummy tuck extend beyond the physical transformation. Here's a closer look at the benefits:

Improved Appearance

A tummy tuck can reshape your abdomen, removing excess skin and fat to create a flatter, toned look. This aesthetic enhancement often translates into increased self-confidence, allowing you to feel better about your body.

Functional Improvement

Beyond aesthetics, a tummy tuck can repair weakened abdominal muscles, providing functional benefits. This can lead to improved posture and core strength, which can positively impact your overall well-being.

Emotional Well-being

Achieving your desired abdominal appearance can boost your self-esteem and body image. Many patients experience newfound confidence and a more positive outlook on life.


To illustrate these benefits, we invite you to explore real-life examples in our Tummy Tuck before-and-after photo gallery, showcasing the transformative results that a tummy tuck can deliver.

Nonsurgical Alternatives for Tummy Tuck

We understand that surgical procedures may not be the preferred choice for everyone. That's why we offer less invasive alternatives to address your unique preferences. Here's an overview of some of these options:


CoolSculpting is an excellent alternative to surgery for reducing stubborn fat in areas like the abdomen. By freezing fat cells through Cryolipolysis technology, it eliminates the appearance of belly fat without surgery. It's a great choice if you're close to your ideal weight and want to target localized fat pockets.


Evolve by Inmode offers three different non-surgical procedures – Evolve Tite, Evolve Transform, and Evolve Tone – to tone, tighten, and contour the body. Whether you're looking to tighten loose skin, enhance muscle tone, or smooth cellulite, Evolve's radiofrequency and electromagnetic technologies can help you achieve your goals. It's ideal for those who prefer non-invasive treatments with minimal downtime.


Morpheus8 RF microneedling is a versatile treatment that can be used to achieve a smoother, tighter abdomen. It's particularly effective for addressing concerns like fat reduction, skin tightening, and improving skin tone and texture. Morpheus8 is suitable for various skin types and is a great option for individuals with skin laxity and stretch marks post-pregnancy or weight loss.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure Process

Before the day of your tummy tuck procedure, our dedicated staff will provide you with detailed instructions to ensure a smooth and successful experience. Here's a general overview of what you can expect:

Before the Procedure

  • Review your medical history with your surgeon, including any medications or allergies.
  • Avoid certain medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, which can increase bleeding.
  • You may be asked to refrain from eating for up to 24 hours before your procedure

On the Day of the Procedure

  • Follow any specific guidelines provided by our medical team
  • Dress comfortably and wear clothing that's easy to put on and take off


Rest assured, our team will guide you through the entire preparation process, addressing any questions or concerns along the way. Your well-being and satisfaction are our top priorities.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure Process

1. Anesthesia: The procedure is performed under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, it may take anywhere from two to five hours.

2. Incision: The surgeon begins by making precise incisions, typically across the lower abdomen. The length and placement of these incisions may vary depending on the type of tummy tuck chosen.

3. Muscle Repair: We focus on restoring weakened or separated abdominal muscles to create a firmer midsection. This meticulous muscle repair is a fundamental step in achieving a toned appearance.

4. Skin Removal: Excess skin and fat are carefully removed to sculpt and contour the abdomen. This crucial step sets the stage for a smoother, more defined profile.

5. Closing the Incision: Once the necessary alterations are made, the surgeon meticulously closes the incision with sutures, ensuring a secure and clean closure.


Tummy Tuck Recovery

The journey to your new, sculpted abdomen continues after the tummy tuck procedure. Understanding the recovery process and following proper aftercare instructions are essential for optimal results. Here's a comprehensive guide to what you can expect:

Immediate Post-Operative Period

  • Plan for approximately one to two weeks away from work and daily activities, depending on the extent of your procedure.
  • Light activities like walking can be resumed as soon as you're comfortable, as it promotes blood circulation and aids in recovery.
  • Patients will be able to return to a desk job in a few weeks depending on the type of procedure performed.
  • Patients with jobs that require more physical labor may need more time.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and positions that strain your incision line during the initial healing phase to prevent complications.

Long-Term Results and Lifestyle

  • The final results of your tummy tuck will become more apparent as swelling subsides and your body heals.
  • To maintain your improved abdominal contour, a healthy lifestyle is key. This includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.
  • Your tummy tuck results are long-lasting if you maintain a stable weight and overall health.


Best Tummy Tuck in Delaware:
The Centre for Cosmetic Surgery

At The Centre for Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine, we are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for your tummy tuck journey. Your well-being is at the forefront of everything we do, and we are here to guide you through each step with the highest level of expertise and care. We know patients seeking a tummy tuck have many options. Compared to other settings, our surgical facility offers several advantages:

Personalized Attention: Our focus is solely on cosmetic surgery, allowing us to provide you with specialized care tailored to your needs.

Enhanced Safety: The exclusive nature of our facility reduces the risk of exposure to infectious diseases and ensures a controlled environment for your procedure.

Privacy and Comfort: We prioritize your comfort and privacy throughout your entire experience at The Centre.

Experienced Team: Our dedicated team of professionals is well-versed in cosmetic surgery, ensuring that you receive the highest quality of care.


Two Locations: Our Newark and Lewes locations are ideally situated to accommodate patients from all over Delaware and the Tri-State area.


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  • Am I a good candidate?

    A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good medical health, have realistic expectations for the procedure, can commit to the proper recovery time, and who have excess tissue and skin in the abdominal area. Women who have had several pregnancies may find the procedure useful for tightening their abdominal muscles and reducing saggy skin. A tummy tuck is also an option for those who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.

  • When is the best time to have a tummy tuck?

    We advise tummy tucks be performed when patients are at their ideal weight prior to surgery since losing weight after the procedure may lead to additional laxity of the skin. This will also help achieve the best contouring results possible. Patients who plan to become pregnant in the future should postpone this procedure until they are done having children.

  • How much does the procedure(s) cost?

    Pricing varies based on type of tummy tuck along with combined procedures performed. Please call or schedule a consultation for more information.

Meet Dr. Malek - Delaware's Foremost Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Malek grew up in Tehran, Iran. He lived as an exchange student in Wahpeton, North Dakota before returning to Iran and graduating from Tehran University School of Medicine in 1976. Dr. Malek finished his training in general surgery and became board certified as a general surgeon, and completed his training and became a board certified plastic surgeon thereafter. He subsequently completed a fellowship in head, neck, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas before returning to Wilmington in 1984. He has since established himself as one of the most skilled and reputable cosmetic surgeons in Delaware.

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