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Michelle Hardaway, M.D.

Tummy Tuck Detroit

Tummy Tuck
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Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Dr. Michelle Hardaway of Farmington Hills Michigan has found this procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.

If you feel that you desire to have a flatter abdomen and desire to look more attractive in your slacks and form-fitting clothes then a Tummy Tuck may be the procedure for you.

Dr. Hardaway will meet with you in a personalized private consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Please contact our Farmington Hills office to set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Hardaway. Call 248-855-6030

The Surgery

Complete tummy tuck surgery usually take two to four hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial tummy tucks may take an hour or two.

Most commonly, Dr. Hardaway will make an incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With a mini tummy tuck, the incision is shorter and the navel is not moved, however, excess skin above the navel is not tightened.

The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. A new hole is made for the navel, which is then stitched in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressing will be applied, and temporary drainage tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.

It does produce a permanent scar which, can be minimized in appearance by the use of non surgical treatments.


For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled by medication..

Dr. Hardaway will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressing. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking even the night of surgery.

Surface stitches will be removed in seven to ten days, and the deeper sutures, will dissolve. A support garment is worn for six weeks..

Getting back to normal

It may take you a few weeks to feel like your old self again. If your start out in top physical condition, with strong abdominal muscles, recovery from a tummy tuck will be much faster. Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate.

Exercise will help your heal better. Even people who have never exercised before should begin an exercise program to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles at the discretion of Dr. Hardaway.. Vigorous exercise, however, should be avoided until you can do it comfortably usually after four months.

Your new look

Tummy tucks, whether partial or complete, produce excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

If you feel this procedure could enhance your look, please call our office at (248) 855-6030 to schedule your personalized consultation. Let Dr. Hardaway help you look your best for the future.

Visit our plastic / cosmetic surgery office located in Farmington Hills, Michigan (MI), a suburb of the Detroit area.

Michelle Hardaway, M.D.

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Laser Center

27920 Orchard Lake Road

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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