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Tummy Tuck 101

An abdominoplasty, often called a “tummy tuck surgery”, is a cosmetic procedure. It tightens the abdomen or stomach area stretched because of abnormal changes in weight, or pregnancy Providing a result that is impossible to achieve with just diet and exercise alone.

To create natural results, Dr. Morin tightens the rectus abdominis muscles and the abdominal wall. Next, he removes excess skin and fat during a tummy tuck procedure. He aims to offer the best tummy tuck surgery in NJ.

Dr. Morin is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing tummy tucks, abdominoplasty surgery and mommy makeover procedures.

How To Achieve Beautiful Results

After childbirth, many women find it impossible to get rid extra abdominal skin at the lowest part of their abdomen. Even with a diet and exercise routine, the stubborn fat just won’t budge. Women generally undergo this procedure after they have given birth to all their children or had weight loss. At this point, abdominal muscles are weaker due to age and pregnancy.

Abdominoplasty surgery is usually done on patients who have experienced massive weight loss. For example: patients who have undergone bariatric (stomach shrinking) surgery.

After losing weight, most people end up with an excessive amount of loose skin and stretch marks. These issues are seen especially in the belly area. By removing this extra skin, a patient’s appearance and quality of life are often improved.

Dr. Morin has been performing tummy tucks in New Jersey with beautifully contoured results for many years. For patients with sagging skin, a tummy tuck also known as abdominoplasty is a great option.

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What People Are Saying

Excellent Experience
25 Mar 2019

“I am 43 years old, had had two previous c-sections in my 30s. I had been getting increasingly frustrated that no matter how much I worked out/maintained a healthy diet I could not get rid of loose stomach skin. I did a lot of research and was impressed with Doctor Morin’s reviews mostly regarding his positive outcomes, easy going bedside manner and professionalism. I am three and a half weeks post op and feel I received all of that and more. I was initially really terrified to have elective surgery. I honestly don’t know if I would have gone through but my positive impression of Doctor Morin and feeling I could really trust him calmed my fears and allowed me to make the decision to do it. He answered all my questions with much patience and I never once felt like I was being talked into anything.

His support staff Jackie and Brianna, were also very helpful leading up to and after the procedure. As far as my results its relatively early but I already feel like I have my 28-year-old body back pre-pregnancies. I would recommend Doctor Morin to anyone considering this or another form of plastic surgery. I am already so glad I did this procedure and chose the perfect doctor and staff to have the most positive experience possible.”

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Abdominoplasty Surgery In New Jersey

Dr. Morin is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He is considered among New Jersey’s top specialists in abdominoplasty surgery and body contouring. An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is performed outpatient, under general anesthesia. It is usually comfortable and performed in just a few hours.

First, an incision is made low on the abdomen. This method helps to hide the scar as low as possible below the bikini line.

Next, excess abdominal skin and fatty tissue are removed and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened in the midline. This technique happens in order to create a sculpted abdominal area.

Finally, although not every cosmetic surgery needs it, in most cases liposuction in the flank area benefits the final contours.

To finish your transformation, Dr. Morin creates a beautiful, new belly button. This results in a flatter, firmer, tighter, and younger looking “tummy” that has excellent contours and achieves a great shape.

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What’s unique about Dr. Morin’s abdominoplasty technique?

Dr. Morin uses individually tied sutures to offer the very best abdominoplasty results. This helps create tightly sculpted abs. It also prevents the possibility of upper abdominal fullness that may happen if only one suture is used.

In many cases, patients recover and heal quickly after tummy tuck surgery. Aside from a quick recovery, Dr. Morin also uses direct defatting. This technique is a method of removing fat from under the abdominal skin flap. A tummy tuck can make a patient look a lot thinner.

The results of your tummy tuck will be tighter and more defined abs. Patients usually see a well-contoured hourglass torso, and a beautifully designed belly button.

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Recovery Timeline

Usually one week after an abdominoplasty, the patient will use drains. The patient may also wear a compression garment and take pain medication to be more comfortable. In some patients, discomfort and swelling may happen after surgery.

We do everything we can to support patients through the recovery process. For instance, our patients are given our unique recovery guide. This guide includes supplements, vitamins, medications, and carefully timed activities that will promote healing.


During this time, you should still avoid heavy lifting and excessive exercise. However, you can start walking and doing light exercise. Over the next few days, swelling and bruising will begin to go away.


In this time period, swelling and bruising will continue to fade away. There are things you can do to feel more comfortable. For instance, Dr. Morin suggests lymphatic massage to the liposuction areas. During this time, you can gradually increase your activity levels and begin lifting light children.


During this time, you’ll begin to enjoy sculpted results. At this point, you can slowly resume strenuous exercise, once approved by Dr. Morin.


At this point, almost all swelling will have gone down. Finally, you can enjoy the full results from your tummy tuck surgery and return to all of your favorite activities.

Types Of Tummy Tucks: What Is The Best Technique For Me?

Dr. Morin will review your body type, and discuss the best tummy tuck NJ has to offer. He bases his decision on your specific build, degree of excess skin and fat, and appearance goals. By using sutures, he carefully repairs and tightens the abdominal muscles to create natural results.

The type of abdominoplasty surgery a person has depends on a few major factors. Those factors include the amount of excess skin patients have in their upper and lower abdomen. For those with a large amount of extra skin, a complete or even an extended abdominoplasty might be suggested.

Some women only have a small amount of excess skin on their bellies. In this case, a mini-abdominoplasty is the best choice. You can read more about the types of abdominoplasty surgery below:

  • Full abdominoplasty:
    During a full abdominoplasty, Dr. Morin makes an incision from one hipbone to the other. He then carefully contours the abdominal skin, fatty tissue, and abdominal muscle.

    Next, the belly button is beautifully repositioned, creating dramatic yet natural results for NJ abdominoplasty patients.

    Patients can expect a full recovery after 2 months. During this period you should wear a compression garment. This garment will support the abdomen and minimize swelling.
  • Partial or mini-abdominoplasty:
    A mini-abdominoplasty is usually performed on patients that have a small amount of excess skin and fatty tissue. The extra skin and fat are usually resistant to diet and exercise.

    Typically, it’s confined to the lower abdominal muscles. This treatment doesn’t require the belly button to be moved. In addition, a partial abdominoplasty is a shorter procedure with faster recovery.

    A mini tummy tuck nicely compliments women who are within their recommended BMI (body mass index).

    A full recovery after a mini abdominoplasty takes around 6 weeks. And during this time an abdominal binder is worn to support the abdomen. While some results are seen immediately, full results are only seen once the swelling has completely gone away.
    • Abdominoplasty Benefits

      There are many benefits to having abdominoplasty surgery. Apart from the cosmetic and emotional benefits, such as improved confidence. Patients also experience medical benefits after a tummy tuck. These medical benefits may include:

      • Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is less with the slight bladder obstruction that the procedure creates near the pelvic area.
      • The abdominal muscles are made tighter during a tummy tuck. This improves posture and spinal support.
      • Abdominoplasty is often combined with ventral hernia repair surgery since the strengthened abdominal wall will prevent future occurrences.

      Dr. Morin will discuss all benefits and side-effects of abdominoplasty with you during your consultation with Dr. Morin.

Tummy Tuck Questions and Answers

Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?

Women bothered by loose, hanging skin in the abdominal area, or have weak abdominal muscles due to previous pregnancies, are excellent candidates.

Often, candidates for NJ tummy tucks are also bothered by stubborn fat deposits in the bra area, love handles, and thighs. These fatty areas are unresponsive to diet and exercise routines. Before you decide to have a tummy tuck in New Jersey, think about your expectations.

How long after pregnancy should you wait for a tummy tuck?

After giving birth, most moms are eager to regain their pre-pregnancy shape with a tummy tuck. Dr. Morin suggests that patients wait 6 months after their final child is born before having surgery.

Moreover, Dr. Morin doesn’t believe in combining abdominoplasty with a C-section. He believes that a woman’s uterus needs time to heal and return to its pre-pregnancy size. Healing must be done before remodeling the surrounding skin and soft tissue.

Does a tummy tuck hurt?

A tummy tuck is usually done under general anesthesia and can be accompanied by slight pain. We offer pain medication to keep you comfortable during the abdominoplasty procedure.

Usually, this pain goes away quickly. This quick recovery time means patients can return to their normal activities of daily living within a week. Dr. Morin and his compassionate staff will help you get through recovery comfortably.

What procedures are combined with a tummy tuck?

Liposuction of the flanks and back is almost always combined with surgery in order to get rid of fat. Liposuction can also be used on other areas of the body, like the inner or outer thighs and the upper arms.

As part of a Mommy Makeover, tummy tuck surgery is combined with either breast augmentation or a breast lift.

Does tummy tuck surgery offer permanent results?

Maintaining an active lifestyle can help you stay in shape. However, no treatment can prevent the natural aging process, and your entire body will continue to age over time.

What Risks are Related to Abdominoplasty?

While many New Jersey women have tummy tucks, the treatment still has risks, these include:

  • Abdominal swelling or edema
  • Additional scarring (Dr. Morin conceals most scars along the bikini line)
  • Infections as a result of improper wound healing
  • Damage to fatty tissues, the risk is made higher by smoking
  • Temporary or permanent numbness in the skin around the area

Why choose Dr. Morin for your tummy tuck surgery?

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Morin relies on a sense of artistry and a great eye for detail. These traits give patients the best, most natural and beautiful results from plastic surgery.

He has over 10 years of training and experience and is a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He fully customizes his tummy tuck surgeries. Dr. Morin is known in NJ for creating some of the best results in the area.

Dr. Morin aims to give patients natural, but life changing, long-lasting results. If you’re thinking about having a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery, call or message us today.

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