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Tummy Tuck

Eliminating excess or stretched skin that results from pregnancy or extreme weight loss is the primary reason to get abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck. In Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Shim Ching is a body contouring specialist whose advanced training and experience are essential to providing the attractive tummy tuck results you want.

To find out more about the tummy tuck procedure and other body contouring options, request a consultation with Dr. Ching using his online form or call our office at (808) 585-8855 to schedule an appointment.

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How is a tummy tuck performed?

Tummy Tuck Incision Location
Tummy Tuck Incision Locations
Tummy Tuck Scar Location
Tummy Tuck Scar Location

Dr. Ching performs tummy tuck surgery as an outpatient procedure. The incision for a full tummy tuck typically runs between the hip bones, low enough to be covered by underwear or a bathing suit. Dr. Ching is very aware that this scar should be placed as low as possible so it will be as hidden as much as possible. A second incision is made around the belly button. The illustration below shows the typical location for both incisions.

After making the incisions, Dr. Ching removes loose skin and excess fat. In some cases, stretch marks of the lower abdomen are completely removed along with the excess skin. He also flattens a protruding abdomen by tightening stretched or separated abdominal muscles, which is almost always necessary. Next, Dr. Ching constructs a new belly button. To provide the most natural-looking results possible, he hides the scar within the belly button. Other surgeons often make a circular incision around the belly button that produces an obvious scar. By hiding the incision within the belly button, Dr. Ching avoids this telltale sign of surgery. The illustration below shows the location of Dr. Ching’s typical tummy tuck scar; note the lack of an obvious scar around the belly button.

As a skilled, knowledgeable, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ching can provide dramatic changes in body shape by combining abdominoplasty with liposuction. Many women make abdominoplasty part of a comprehensive surgical plan called a mommy makeover.

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