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Stephen Miller MD PC FACS
Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty Surgery

Tummy Tuck Las Vegas Nevada – Body Contouring Surgery

An incision that extends from hipbone to hipbone is made just above the pubic area. The skin is separated from the abdominal wall, the navel is freed from the surrounding tissue and the large skin flap is lifted to gain access to the abdominal muscles. The muscles are then pulled close together to make them tight and the flap is then put back down over the abdominal wall. The new navel is created, the excess skin is trimmed and the flap is sutured into place.

Considerations include: Excess skin and fat in the mid and lower abdomen. Protruding abdomen. Weakened muscles of the abdominal wall due to age or deformity from pregnancy.

A mini abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which excess skin and fat concentrated below the belly button is removed to help create an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. Unlike a full abdominoplasty, a mini does not involve transposition of the belly button or treatment of excess skin or fat above the belly button. It is generally indicated for those who are at a stable weight and are concerned of excess skin laxity and fat accumulation of the lower abdomen. Liposuction can be combined with surgery to address excess fat accumulation above the belly button and in the area of the hips as long as the overlying skin is of good quality.

The mini surgery requires an incision above the pubic hairline, with the length being determined by the degree of correction necessary. This incision is typically placed low enough to be hidden within most clothes and bathing suits. Through this incision, excess skin and fat is removed and weakened abdominal muscles are repaired if necessary. There is no scar around the belly button as there would be for a full surgery; however, the belly button may be pulled to a slightly lower position.

The actual “full” recovery period from a mini tummy tuck is up to a year and this involves a gradual softening and settling of the scar and tissues. A significant amount of the recovery occurs within 2-3 months, but it will take the external scar a year to soften and mature. The long term results should be lasting, but may be affected by significant weight gain and/or pregnancy.

What is the difference between a full and mini abdominoplasty?

A full or complete abdominoplasty involves separating the skin from the abdominal wall, freeing the navel from its surrounding tissue, and lifting the large skin flap up to gain access to the abdominal muscles. The muscles are stitched together, then the skin flap is trimmed of excess skin, and the new navel is created and stitched into place. With a partial or mini tummy tuck, the incision is much shorter than with a full abdominoplasty since the skin is only separated between the incision line and the navel, and the muscles are tightened in a similar fashion.

Intended Result of Abdominoplasty Surgery:

To achieve a flatter, trimmer abdomen.
To feel better about one’s physical appearance.
To fit into clothing better.
To improve overall self image.

before and after photo of patient for a tummy tuck  surgery

abdominoplasty patient photos

“I received a abdominoplasty in January of 2004. I highly recommend Dr. Stephen Miller. I had a gastric bypass in 2000; therefore there was much excess skin to remove. I was so pleased with the results, and the way I was treated by Dr. Miller and his staff. They were the BEST!”
— C. B.

“I had a tummy tuck and body contouring and I am very happy with my results. The first couple of weeks after surgery were a little difficult but once I got passed that I was fine. Love my new body. I had several kids and wasnt happy with the way my abdomen looked. I can now sport a bikini and feel and look great. I am so thankful to Dr Stephen Miller and his staff. I highly recommend a tummy tuck for those that cant do it with exercise alone.”

“Dr. Miller and Staff –

You have changed my life! Having had a tummy tuck and breast lift, the results have me back shopping more than I care to admit.

My recovery time (having had both at the same time) was quick and really pretty much pain free. Honest! I still find myself looking in the mirror and can’t believe the new me. I would gladly give my highest approval (to you all and yes, you can use my name and photos at any time).

Thank you all so very much for your kindness.”

Darlene A. Eastburn
* Individual results may vary

Length of Abdominoplasty Procedure:

An abdominoplasty takes approximately one to two hours, depending on whether it is a mini or full abdominoplasty.
This surgery is done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. You will be able to rest following your surgery in the comfort of your own home.

Who are the most suitable candidates for Tummy Tuck surgery?

It is especially suitable for women who have had multiple pregnancies causing the abdominal muscles and skin to stretch. This body contouring procedure can also be appropriate for men and women who have a large fat deposit, in the abdominal area, that doesn’t respond to regular diet and exercise. This body contouring surgery produces excellent results for people with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin.

In most cases, the results are long lasting provided you don’t stretch out the skin with another pregnancy or excessive weight gain.

Surgery Recovery & Aftercare:

You will be sent to a recovery aftercare center after surgery.
Patients may experience some degree of bruising, swelling, tenderness and/or numbness.
Drains may remain in place for about three to seven days.
Sutures or staples will be removed in about one to two weeks.
An abdominal binder should be worn for a few weeks for support.
Bed rest the day of surgery is recommended.
Limit activity for the next two days following surgery.
Avoid strenuous activities for about four to six weeks.
Return to work in one to three weeks.

Be prepared

It is important to work closely with your plastic surgeon. Be prepared to discuss your expectations and desired outcome. Make sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed. Aspirin, Motrin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some over-the-counter herbal medications must be discontinued at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. These and other drugs and substances may cause excess bleeding and bruising. You can usually begin taking them again after a week or so. Your board certified plastic surgeon will discuss this in detail with you and you will also be given a sheet with a list of common medicines to avoid for a short period. Your plastic surgeon will detail the risks associated with surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risks and complications involved with having this procedure?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Some potential risks are scars, bleeding under the skin flap, numbness, infection and delays in wound healing. Dr. Miller will fully present the risks and complications to you during your consultation. Having a qualified plastic surgeon perform your surgery minimizes the likelihood of complications.
Will I have scars?

Yes, but they can be concealed under most clothing including lingerie and bathing suits.
Will I be able to get pregnant again?

Yes, but abdominoplasty should be postponed if you intend to get pregnant again. Vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during a Las Vegas tummy tuck procedure can separate again during pregnancy

Additional Body Contouring Procedures:

Liposuction may be used in conjunction with abdominoplasty surgery to remove excess fat around the sides and back to enhance the overall contour of the stomach. *Please discuss this option with the plastic surgeon.

More Information

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Dr Steven Millers Credentials

Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery September 2002
Plastic Surgery Residency: Kansas University Medical Center Kansas City, Kansas
July 1, 1998 – June 30, 2000
General Surgery Residency (Categorical): Baylor University Medical Center Dallas,
July 1, 1996 – June 30, 1998
General Surgery Internship: Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, Texas
July 1, 1995 – June 30, 1996
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine, New York
September 1991 – May 1995
Degree – Doctor of Medicine May 1995
Premedical Education: Union College
Schenectady, New York Premed – 1990
Union College Schenectady, New York
September 1985 – May 1989
Degree – Bachelor of Arts In Economics 1989
London school of Economics – England Year Abroad 1998

Professional Societies & Activities

Member of ASPS American Society of Plastic Surgery
Medical Executive Committee at Flam
ingo Surgery Center 2002-present
American Burn Association 1998 – 2000
Advanced Burn Life Saving Instructor 1999 – present
Baylor Society of Surgeons 1996 – 1998
Texas Medical Association 1995 – 1998

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