Tummy Tuck for a Slimmer and Firmer Body 

January 26, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Beauty Service,Health & Wellness

In a survey released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 62 % of mothers would consider a “mommy makeover” that included a surgical procedure called a tummy tuck.  For our Hawaii patients, a tummy tuck is highly desirable considering “bikini season” is year round – And while vanity may play a role in the decision to have such a surgery, research along with reviews for Hawaii Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Larry Schlesinger, shows significant health benefits, including motivation in weight maintenance and a spike in self-confidence.

Not being able to confidently stand naked in the mirror led a 38 year old Hawaii mother of 3, to Dr. Larry Schlesinger at the Mommy Makeover Institute of Hawaii.


– “I always couldn’t stand looking at myself naked in the mirror but after having the twins and being 38yrs old my body-mainly my belly couldn’t bounce back… I decided I was gonna go ahead and do the tummy tuck – SUPER HAPPY with my new look. Dr. Schlesinger and his staff are AWESOME! From start to finish they took good care of me, answered any questions I had and encouraged me. I would definitely recommend him and his staff to anyone wanting to do a Tummy Tuck in Hawaii  and I thank my mom who encouraged me to finally do something for my self, I decided I was gonna go ahead and do the tummy tuck.

So…What is a Tummy Tuck? A Tummy Tuck, or the medical terminology abdominoplasty, is the most effective cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat and hanging skin from the abdominal area.  There are multiple versions of a Tummy Tuck (partial, high lateral, extended, floating, etc…) and all versions include the removal of excess fat and hanging skin.

A typical tummy-tuck procedure removes 2 to 10 pounds of belly fat; however, we will focus on the most desired version sought after by patients of Dr. Larry Schlesinger – The Full or complete Tummy Tuck which includes repairing the rectus diastis (the separation of the abdominal muscle during pregnancy) and liposuction removing 4 to 15 pounds of belly fat.

A full (or complete) abdominoplasty performed by Dr. Schlesinger is an outpatient surgical operation requiring a minimum of 2 – 3 hours and 4 hours at the max.

The general steps include:

  • Surgical Markings -a guide to assure each patient gets the best results and least visible scarring placement, right at the edge or below the panty/bikini line.
  • General Anesthesia 
  • An incision made from hip to hip just above the pubic area.
  • An incision to free the navel from the surrounding skin.  


– This is where Dr. Schlesinger expresses the key to a great tummy tuck lies.  Focusing on the belly button allows the tummy tuck center, shape, and look to be more natural in appearance.

  • Skin is removed from the abdominal wall revealing the rectus diastis and allowing it to be surgical corrected/tightened.

– Dr. Schlesinger’s expert technique in closing the separation of the abdominal muscles requires a series of “figure 8” permanent sutures.

  • Liposuction is used to refine transition zones in the abdominal sculpture allowing a better shaped contour of the abdomen.

– If needed, Dr. Schlesinger requires patients to return 6 month post op for another liposuction procedure to better define the desired results of his patients free of charge.

  • Upon completion of the tummy tuck procedure, the Breast Implant Center of Hawaii will dress you in compression garments to assist in the drainage of excess fluids of the surgical sites.

How long is the recovery process?  In short, one should plan to take a minimum of 2 – 3 weeks off from work.  During this period, patients are requested to wear the compression garments given by the Breast Implant Center of Hawaii, on a daily basis to allow even and smooth healing.  Patients are also asked to refrain from smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages to encourage a healthy healing process.

To learn more and review patients of Dr. Schlesinger’s full tummy tuck procedures please visit his website and gallery that can be found at www.breastimplantcenterofhawaii.com  If you are still undecided and would like to speak with him, call the Breast Implant Center of Hawaii for your FREE consultation: 808-597-8835