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Tummy Tuck

A smooth, well-toned abdomen is something that many people associate with youth and strive to attain. While exercise and a healthy diet are critical, they are often not enough to remove persistent loose, sagging skin, stretch marks and excess fat around the stomach. Pregnancy, weight loss or previous abdominal surgery (i.e. C-section) all contribute to these conditions. A tummy tuck in Boston performed by Dr. Montilla with leave you with excellent results and regain the confidence you were looking for.

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How Does Abdominoplasty Work?

Abdominoplasty surgery, commonly referred to as a tummy-tuck, corrects these issues by surgically removing the excess skin, tightening the stretched-out abdominal muscles and sometimes removing excessive fat around the stomach to create a smoother, tighter, more youthful appearance. Women and men alike commonly undergo this surgery and achieve wonderful results.

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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction can be performed in combination with a tummy tuck to strategically sculpt, trim and contour the lower body. During liposuction, excess fat is vacuumed out of the body through a slender tube known as a cannula. The fat can either be discarded, or it can be saved for a future fat transfer procedure to augment the breasts, buttocks or facial contours.

While liposuction is an effective fat loss solution on its own, it cannot do anything to tighten the stomach muscles. Clients who require both fat removal and abdominal tightening will do best to choose a combination of tummy tuck surgery and liposuction.


A mini tummy tuck is appropriate for clients who require body contouring in the lower part of the abs beneath the belly button. Excess skin and fat are removed, but the underlying six pack stomach muscles are not affected as with a full abdominoplasty procedure. Mini tummy tucks use smaller incisions and require less recovery time. They are perfect for clients who are at or near their ideal weight, but who struggle with belly fat that is resistant to dieting and exercise


A full abdominoplasty, also known as a standard tummy tuck, is ideal for clients whose six pack muscles may have separated after pregnancy, or anyone who is frustrated with stubborn abdominal fat that doesn’t respond to working out at the gym. During the procedure, an incision is made within the bikini line stretching horizontally from hip to hip. The surgeon lifts up the skin, tightens the underlying stomach muscles, removes excess fat and tissue, and then closes the incisions. While a full tummy tuck requires a longer healing period than a mini tummy tuck, results are more dramatic and long lasting overall.

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A ventral hernia can occur after massive weight loss or abdominal surgery when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the weakened abdominal wall to form a pocket or sack. A tummy tuck procedure may be combined with hernia repair to strengthen the abdominal wall and help prevent the hernia from recurring.

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When you come in for our tummy tuck in Boston, it is important to understand that it is not a substitute for weight loss or exercise. Rather, it is a surgical procedure that removes persistent, excess fat and skin. It also repairs the underlying abdominal musculature, providing much improved core stability and strength.

Abdominoplasty is an outpatient surgery that takes place in a hospital setting under general anesthesia and takes about 3 hours. The incision is made along the pubic line and can span the entire width of the abdomen, but is generally covered with most types of clothing.

Reasons to Have a Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery undergone by many women and men after pregnancy or massive weight loss. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 127,633 tummy tuck procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2016.

Every year, thousands of women and men decide to have tummy tuck surgery to:

  • Remove loose, hanging, excess skin around the midsection
  • Correct a protruding abdomen out of proportion with the rest of the body
  • Remove stubborn belly fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise
  • Strengthen abdominal muscles that have been weakened due to pregnancy, aging, or abdominal surgery
  • Improve the appearance of stretch marks or C-section scars on the lower abdomen
  • Enhance the silhouette
  • Improve the fit and look of clothing on the body

Medical Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Our Boston abdominoplasty surgery can produce dramatic cosmetic results. As stated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it also has several medical benefits:

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Better posture and improved abdominal tone

The muscles in the stomach can become distended after multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss, a problem that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone. Weak abdominal muscles are often associated with a sway back, poor posture, and back pain. Along with removing excess fat and skin to flatten the belly, a tummy tuck procedure surgically tightens weak abdominal muscles.

Stress Urinary Incontinence reduced

After a vaginal delivery, women may develop a bladder control problem known as Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). In women with SUI, leakage can occur with coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising. In an abdominoplasty procedure, Dr. Montilla can reduce urinary incontinence by creating a slight bladder obstruction using soft tissue near the pelvic region.

Ventral hernia correction

A ventral hernia can occur after massive weight loss or abdominal surgery when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the weakened abdominal wall to form a pocket or sack. A tummy tuck procedure may be combined with hernia repair to strengthen the abdominal wall and help prevent the hernia from recurring.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

After your tummy tuck in Boston or Worcester, you will need lots of rest and someone to help you at home with bathing, toileting and general day-to-day activities for approximately 7-10 days. Lymphatic drainage massage is recommended to reduce swelling, fluid absorption, and improve results. Most patients are out of work for about 3 weeks. You will be prescribed pain medication for 3-4 weeks after surgery to alleviate discomfort.

There are many layers of internal stitches, some of which will dissolve over time and some that are permanent. There are no stitches on the surface that have to be removed except for around the belly button. These are usually removed 7-10 days after surgery. A special compression girdle will be worn for approximately 6 weeks after your abdominoplasty. You may resume all regular activities 6-8 weeks after surgery.

Your results will continue to improve over the next 7-9 months, and with a controlled diet and minimal weight fluctuation, your results will last a lifetime.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients & Visitors

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep the community and our patients healthy, Montilla Plastic Surgery is in compliance with CHCs guidance for the Commonwealth's Reopening website. Please see our Phase 1 Reopening Attestation.

In addition to the CHC guidelines, we are taking the following precautionary measures effective immediately:

  • All patients are asked to contact our office 508-948-4030 at least 24 hours prior to their appointment.
  • Any patient with symptoms of illness such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or upper respiratory symptoms must reschedule their appointment by calling 508-948-4030.
  • Notify staff immediately if you have traveled or have been in potential contact with a person known to have or suspected to have COVID-19.
  • At this time, patients may schedule an appointment in the office, and Dr. Montilla is available for telemedicine consultations and follow-ups as well.
  • Only patients will be allowed in the office and the exam rooms. Individuals accompanying the patients will be asked to wait in their cars. The only exceptions will be:
    • Patients who are minors (only one parent allowed to accompany the child)
    • Interpreters
    • Caretakers for Non-ambulatory or informed patients requiring assistance (only one allowed)
  • Governor Baker has put a mandatory moratorium on all elective surgeries beginning Wednesday, March 18th and continuing for at least the next two to four weeks.
  • All employees at Montilla Plastic Surgery will adhere to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services community mitigation strategies related to COVID-19.
  • CDC has identified older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions as high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Please notify our staff immediately if you wish to reschedule your appointment to a later date.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit CDC website, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Thank you for your understanding and compliance to these limitations as we work together to ensure the highest level of health and safety for our patients, staff and community!