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Tummy Tuck


tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal region that may accumulate due to the effects of pregnancy, obesity, or age. A tummy tuck also restores stretched or weakened abdominal muscles.

Through tummy tuck surgery, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell can help you reclaim a smooth, flat abdomen. Dr. Shell routinely performs tummy tucks in Northern Mississippi with other body contouring procedures such as liposuction.

Who is the Right Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck can significantly enhance your appearance, but may not be right for everyone. You may be a potential candidate if you:

  • Possess a healthy weight for your height
  • Are bothered by excess abdominal skin and fat
  • Have realistic expectations of surgery

Candidates should also be in good physical and psychological health. Following an examination with Dr. Shell, he will be able to determine if a tummy tuck is right for you based on factors such as your age, current health status, and cosmetic goals.

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Before and After Tummy Tuck


There are several factors to consider before committing to abdominoplasty. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about tummy tuck surgery:

What happens during a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck procedure is generally performed in two to four hours and will require general anesthesia. During a full tummy tuck, Dr. Shell will make a horizontal incision along the pubic bone. Abdominal skin will be gently separated from the underlying tissue so that Dr. Shell can repair weakened muscles and remove excess fat, tissue, and skin. A second incision may also be made around the navel in order to remove excess skin from the upper abdomen. The skin will then be repositioned and sutured.

What can I expect during recovery?

Following surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. You may also need to wear a compression garment for several days. Recovery times vary, but most patients are capable of returning to work within two weeks of their procedure. The final results of your tummy tuck will become visible as swelling gradually subsides over the course of several weeks.

Are the results of a tummy tuck permanent?

The final results achieved through a tummy tuck are technically permanent; however, the outcome can be greatly diminished if you experience significant fluctuations in your weight. The best long-term results are achieved by patients who maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine and who do not smoke.

Are there any risks associated with a tummy tuck?

Like all surgical procedures, there is a degree of risk and uncertainty associated with a tummy tuck. Possible complications may include noticeable scarring, infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, tissue loss and an undesirable cosmetic outcome. If you are concerned about these risks, Dr. Shell will be available to discuss them with you in detail prior to your surgery.

Why should I choose Dr. Shell for tummy tuck surgery?

During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Are you interested in learning more about tummy tuck surgery in Mississippi? Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon in North Mississippi with an office in Oxford, MS. Email us or call 662-236-6465 to set up a tummy tuck consultation today.


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