What is Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery which is intended to improve the appearance and aesthetic appeal of your upper or lower abdomen. This procedure is also commonly known as abdominoplasty. In this surgery, your plastic surgeon will remove the excess skin and fat from your abdomen and tighten the underlying muscles of the abdomen as well.

Who is a Candidate?

People who lose the youthful appearance of their abdomen due to excessive fat, stretch marks, lack of waistline, large hips, droopy buttocks, and skin laxity should opt for this procedure. These can happen to you as a consequence of pregnancy, aging, or abrupt weight loss. It is very important that you should be clear about the results and body outlook you want from this procedure.

Benefits of Abdominoplasty

This surgery will make sure that any unwanted skin and fat around your abdomen is removed and remaining stretch marks are improved. After a successful tummy tuck procedure, most patients are comfortable in swimwear or tight-fitting clothing. This can be a huge confidence boost for patients who may have been covering up their problem area. It can also greatly enhance your performance while exercising for further weight loss. As a result of this, your overall lifestyle can see a dramatically positive shift and you will be able to keep a healthier routine for the rest of your life.

Incision Marks

One thing to keep in mind before going for a tummy tuck procedure is that it will leave an incision scar on your body. An expert plastic surgeon like Dr. Joseph D. Cruise of Newport Beach, who is a board certified plastic surgeon, will make sure that the incision marks are minimized and are not too obvious on your body. He has gathered this expertise from years of experience in this field. Tummy tuck incisions can generally be hidden within the natural folds of the stomach.


Since a tummy tuck is an invasive surgery, you will need to take some downtime for a period of time that depends on how extensive your procedure is. You’ll be instructed to avoid exercise and extensive movement in order to allow your body to properly heal, and you may also need to manage drains or compression garments during this time. Any pain or discomfort can be managed with some prescribed medication from Joseph T Cruise, MD. Most patients notice their results improving for months after the procedure as the new contours settle and your body adjust to the new shape.

There are various techniques used for tummy tuck surgery and choosing the right method of surgery for you will depend on the results that you want and the individual anatomy of your body. Joseph T Cruise, MD can recommend the right technique for you during a consultation at our Newport Beach office.