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DR. Greg Ratliff, FACS &

Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery

(918) 712-0888

Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa

2107 E 15th St. Tulsa, OK 74104

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The Tummy Tuck: Why does it work? Who is a good candidate?

An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a very commonly performed procedure for body contouring. This is a great procedure, for the right patient, that produces dramatic contour changes through the waistline and torso. It is designed to address abdominal wall laxity and redundant abdominal skin and tissue. In my practice, I address the entire torso, instead of only focusing on the front portion of a patient. I routinely perform liposuction of the hips and flanks, the so-called “love handle” area, if appropriate. This liposuction defines the waistline and restores the hourglass shape that is ideal for females.

Why does it work?

The typical patient that presents for a tummy tuck has loose or redundant abdominal skin and tissue and a roundness of the abdomen that they would like to restore to being flat again. Most patients have had children and suffer from abdominal wall laxity as a result. Some weight gain during pregnancy with stretched, redundant skin or extensive stretch marks are also common complaints. A tummy tuck works because at the level of the muscle fascia (which was stretched with pregnancy), sutures are used to tighten and flatten the abdominal wall. Then the skin and subcutaneous fat from the belly button to the pubic area is completely removed. This removes a great deal of stretch marks, and then the upper skin and tissue is stretched tight and flat down to the lower incision. With liposuction contouring of the flanks and flattening and tightening of the abdomen, a shapely feminine shape is restored!

Before and After images of tummy tuck

Full Tummy Tuck

Ht: 62"
Wt: 190 lbs
Pounds Removed: 3 lbs 15.8 oz

Who is a good candidate?

Not everyone is a candidate for a tummy tuck. The ideal patient has some abdominal wall laxity that can be repaired and enough skin and soft tissue redundancy. There has to be enough loose skin to stretch from above the belly button to the low pubic area. If there isn't enough skin to stretch then a tummy tuck can't be performed and those patients are more ideal for abdominal liposuction to improve their contours.

If you are thinking about restoring that abdominal pre-pregnancy body – visit us at www.pscoftulsa.com or call 918.712.0888 to schedule your free consultation. Let's get your beach body ready in time for summer!

Dr. Brenda Schiesel

Before and After images of a tummy tuck

Full Tummy Tuck

Ht: 64"
Wt: 140 lbs
Pounds Removed: 2 lbs 7 oz

Professional memberships & Recognition for Dr. Greg Ratliff

LEAD Council Award 2016 Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Member, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Fellow, American College of Surgeons Continuing Education, The Osler Institute

Professional memberships & Recognition for Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa, Dr. Greg Ratliff and Dr. Brenda Schiesel

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery AAAASF Accreditation AAASFI Accreditation Best of Tulsa World 2016 TulsaPeople Readers' Choice 2017 Better Business Bureau Rating A+