The Circumferential Tummy Tuck Procedure

Published on January 12, 2017 by

A circumferential tummy tuck is a more extensive and thorough procedure than a regular tummy tuck. It is performed on patients who have lost a lot of weight after a gastric bypass or any other kind of bariatric surgery.

Your surgeon will make an incision that extends all across the waist line. He will then remove any excess skin and fat before proceeding to tighten the muscles. The buttocks and outer thighs will also be lifted. In some instances, a new navel might be created.

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For This Procedure?

Patients with a mildly protruding abdomen are not ideal candidates for this procedure. If you fall under this category, you will be better off opting for a traditional tummy tuck. The purpose of the circumferential variant is to alter the physical appearance dramatically, especially if you have undergone massive weight loss.

If you are troubled by a large amount of excess fat or skin in areas that are tricky to tone, like the outer thighs, abdomen, and buttocks, then you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.

What Does The Procedure Entail?

During a circumferential tummy tuck, also referred to as a lower body lift, your plastic surgeon will create an incision that runs through the circumference of your torso. He will then use liposuction and other contouring procedures to shape the area from the knees to the ribs. Your surgeon will also tighten the abdominal wall muscles and reposition the belly button to impart a more natural look to your body.

Toward the end of the surgery, your surgeon will jettison any excess skin and close the incision with sutures. In most of the cases, the scars are covered by the underwear. Some of the patients who go for a circumferential tummy tuck like to complement it with an arm lift.


The procedure takes anywhere between three to five hours and the operating time tends to vary from patient to patient. The recovery period is slightly longer than it is for a traditional abdominoplasty. You might be required to stay in the hospital for a couple of days after the surgery. Your surgeon will place drainage tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. It also helps to keep the incision site clean.

You cannot shower until the drainage tubes are removed. Minor bruising and swelling may occur in the affected area following the procedure. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help you with the discomfort. You will also be encouraged to start walking to prevent blood clots. You will be able to resume your normal activities after two weeks, but you should consult your surgeon before you do so.

Make sure that the surgeon you choose for the procedure is a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience. Since the surgery is performed in a clinical setting, you need to make sure that it is hygienic and the operating room is sterile. If the clinic or hospital is not clean, then you run the risk of contracting a post-op infection.

After the procedure, you may not be able to drive yourself home. You will have to make arrangements with a friend or family remember to drive you home once you are discharged.

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If you’re planning on undergoing a circumferential tummy tuck, then look no further. Dr. Steve Byrd, a board-certified plastic surgeon, can help you regain your confidence with a tummy tuck. Don’t miss this opportunity to look good and feel great. Contact us today!

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