Joseph T. Cruise, M.D.


(949) 446-1421 

Excellence in Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Dr. Joseph T. Cruise, board certified Newport Beach  plastic surgeon, believes that educating potential patients is the right starting point to help someone considering cosmetic surgery. For people considering abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, he has provided these informational pages about the procedure, as well as numerous before and after pictures so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not  tummy tuck is right for you.

Dr. Cruise, located in Orange County, CA, hears the same concerns from patients interested in flattening their abdomen and regaining the look and feel of their young, healthy mid-section. In these pages, he addresses some of the most common and important questions that people have about tummy tuck surgery, including:

  • What are the different types of tummy tuck?
    What is a mini tummy tuck? When is an extended tummy tuck necessary?
  • Should I have liposuction with my tummy tuck?
    Should I have liposuction on my stomach, sides, back, and buttocks? What are the risks of doing liposuction at the same time as an abdominoplasty?
  • Tummytuck incisions and a natural-looking belly button
    I don’t want to look “operated on” – how does Dr. Cruise hide an incision and make my results look natural?
  • Tightening the abdominal muscles
    How do I know if I need my stomach muscles tightened? What does muscle tightening do?
  • What is a Pubic Lift?
    Women have the option to lift their public region in addition to their abs.
  • What is the cost of a tummy tuck?
    What sort of financing is available for cosmetic surgery?
  • Why look at tummy tuck before and after pictures?
    Real world examples of people about same height and weight as yours can show you outcomes and let you know what to expect.

Overview of Tummy Tuck

The medical procedure abdominoplasty is commonly known as a “tummy tuck.” This procedure effectively creates a tight, flat abdomen and is one of the most popular surgeries patients request.

An abdominoplasty removes excess abdominal skin and fat using an incision just above the pubic bone. Depending on the type of tummy tuck, the incision can be as short or longer than a C-section incision. Orange County plastic surgeon, Dr. Cruise has developed a precise surgical technique in his over ten years’ experience, which minimizes and hides tummy tuck scars.

In his Newport Beach office, Dr. Cruise often hears women express concerns about not being able to enjoy the warm, sunny climate of Southern California. After having children or losing weight, some women are left with loose, stretched skin around their stomach, and they are uncomfortable baring their midriff at the beach or the pool.

These women usually also find that diet and exercise can’t correct the problem of loose skin, and choose cosmetic surgery options such as liposuction and a tummy tuck to get the results they want.

Four Types of Tummy Tucks

Each body, each person’s concerns and desired outcomes, is different. Abdominoplasty specialist, Dr. Joseph T. Cruise, understands the importance of customizing each person’s procedure to meet their unique situation, which is why he offers four types of tummy tuck:

  • Mini Tummy Tuck
  • Standard Tummy Tuck
  • Extended Tummy Tuck
  • Circumferential Body Lift

These various procedures can effectively remove unwanted excess abdominal skin and fat, as well as significantly improve any remaining stretch marks. The right type of tummy tuck for your body can dramatically alter your shape and silhouette.

Dr. Cruise consults with each patient individually in his Orange County office to discuss the changes they desire from their cosmetic surgery. This consultation also includes a physical exam to asses the patient’s skin, fat, and body-type so that Dr. Cruise can provide his recommendations for liposuction or abdominoplasty. Your goals and your satisfaction are most important, and Dr. Cruise can only know what you need after meeting with you personally.

No matter which procedure is right for you, you should be aware that any abdominoplasty procedure will leave a scar that extends across the lower abdomen, near the public bone. Dr. Cruise’s incision scars are minimized by years of careful training and practice, and therefore are easily hidden. Take a look at the tummy tuck before and after pictures to see the size and position of the scars, and ask a member of the Cruise Plastic Surgery staff at your consultation if you have any concerns.

Tummy Tuck 360° View

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Mini tummy tuck - No love handles


    Excess skin only below belly button. Skin above belly button is tight.

    Mini tummy tuck - With love handles


      Excess skin only below belly button. Excess fat in love handles (flanks).

      Standard tummy tuck - No love handles


        Excess skin below and above belly button. Most obvious when bending forward.

        Standard tummy tuck - With love handles


          Excess skin below and above belly button. Excess fat may make skin appear tighter than it is.

          Extended tummy tuck - very little fat


            Loose skin extends over hips. This skin can easily be grabbed and has "muffin top" effect with tight clothes on. Stretch marks often present.

            Extended tummy tuck - With love handles


              Excess skin extends over hips. Excess fat may make skin appear tighter than it is. With liposuction this skin will likely become loose. Stretch marks often present.

              Circumferential tummy tuck - very little fat


                Excess skin goes completely around to back. Stretch marks often present. Not removing all excess skin will not create tight, shapely result.

                Circumferential tummy tuck - With excess fat.


                  Excess skin goes completely around to back. Excess fat will make skin appear tighter than it really is. Not removing all excess skin will not create tight, shapely result.

                  Two stage - Significant excess fat circumferentially


                    Two operations will be necessary. The first one is liposuction to remove the excess fat and the second is to remove the excess skin. Doing everything at once would be unsafe. A better option is to lose the excess weight with diet and exercise if possilbe.