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Tummy Tuck in Washington, DC with Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

Tummy Tuck Surgery in Washington, DC |Before-After|

So you are considering a tummy tuck surgery? A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, can be an important step in regaining one’s shape after some of the irreversible changes that happen with aging, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations. This page will discuss what a tummy tuck can do to change your physique. Our practice is one of the leading providers for tummy tucks or abdominoplasty in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern VA.

Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) in Washington, DC

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Tummy Tuck DC (Washington DC)

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure commonly referred to as tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Marwan Khalifeh frequently performs tummy tuck procedures in Washington DC. The goal of the tummy tuck procedure is to make the abdomen firmer.

This procedure involves removing excess fat and skin from the bottom of the abdomen to tighten the fascia and muscle of the abdominal wall. Tummy tuck procedures in Washington DC differ in scope. The procedures are usually subdivided into categories based on the extent of the surgery. A partial or mini tummy tuck procedure only takes an hour or two whereas; a Belt Lipectomy can take from two to five hours.

General Procedure: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A standard abdominoplasty surgery takes approximately two to three hours to perform. It is often combined with liposuction to produce a pleasing waste line contour. During the procedure, an incision is made and the surgeon carefully dissects through the fat to reach your abdominal wall muscles. The dissection then proceeds at the interface between the fat and the muscles, elevating the skin/fat off the muscles from the pubic area all the way to the rib cage. the only exception is the navel, which is left attached to the abdominal wall muscles. The second step involves tightening the muscles back to the midline. The third step involves removing the excess skin and fat. The fourth step involves a carefull reapproximation of the skin to minimize scarring. A plastic tube called a drain is left in place to collect excess fluid that will form after surgery. The final step involves the recreation of the umilicus using both the old umbilicus in combination with skin from the abdominal wall.

Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

Tummy Tuck Washington DC - Surgery by Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

Tummy Tuck Washington DC – Surgery by Dr. Marwan Khalifeh Disclaimer: there’s no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary.

Dr. Khalifeh is proud to display the results he can obtain with tummy tuck surgery. During the consultation, he will review with you your body type give you a better sense of what results you can expect if you decide to have Tummy Tuck surgery in Washington DC.View more Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

Can I simply Diet and exercise my way to this change?

Exercise is very important before and after surgery to fine tune the results, but sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems because of irreversible stretching of the skin and muscles. In such cases, a patient may wish to consider a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) as part of a plan to regain their physique.

Reasons for Considering a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):

  • Excessive stretching of skin and muscle.
  • Excessive accumulation of skin following weight loss.
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Rectus Mucle diastases (loose abdomen muscles) due to pregnancy or after massive weightloss.
  • The removal of unsightly skin and fat deposits as well as the proper alignment of the abdomen muscles to produce a more flattering look.

Recovery Process – Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):

Recovering from a tummy tuck procedure requires planning and time. click here for a detailed review of the recovery process

Drains: A JP drain is a small plastic tube left in place. Click here to see how easy removing the JP drain is.

Examples of Scars after Tummy Tuck Surgery:

The scar from a tummy tuck abdominoplasty typically goes form hip bone to hip bone, but can be kept low to be hidden by underwear or bathing suits. Click here for page discussing scars.

Risks of Tummy Tuck surgery

Complications of a tummy tuck can include many risks both related to the surgery and to the anesthesia given during the surgery. The tummy tuck operation, when performed on a healthy nonsmoking candidate by a board certified plastic surgeon, is a very safe operation. As with any surgery, there are risks involved however. Minor risks tend to happen more than any major problems, and are often treateable. Some of these risks include bleeding, infections, scarring at the incision, seroma, hematoma, skin loss, sensation loss, and belly button necrosis. More major risks including risks of anesthesia can occur, such as heart problems, lung problems, clots, arrythmias, which can be very serious or even fatal. Preoperative testing or clearance may be required to make sure you are a good candidate.

Dr. Khalifeh recommends consideration of blood thinners (lovenox) in all patients undergoing a tummy tuck procedure to help minimize the risk of a deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the legs). This is especially true for combination abodminoplasty cases such as mommy makeovers.

Smartlipo Vs. Tummy Tuck Surgery, which will work for me?

Many women looking at a tummy tuck will consider smartlipo. I love the smartlpo procedure. However, when a tummy tuck is needed, smartlipo is usually just not enough.

Watch the Video Below to see me discuss that:

What is the difference between a body lift and a tummy tuck?

Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy is an Extensive Form of a Tummy Tuck Procedure

Dr. Khalifeh commonly performs this type of tummy tuck procedure for his Washington DC patients who have lost an enormous amount of weight. This tummy tuck procedure allows him to lift the buttocks and thighs as well.

Anesthesia Used for a Tummy Tuck Procedure at our Washington, DC Facility

  • A traditional tummy tuck procedure may be performed using intravenous sedation (twightlight) or general anesthesia, although general anesthesia is more typical
  • A Belt Lipectomy/Body Lift tummy tuck requires general anesthesia and is typically done in the hospital.

Generally, surgeons prefer complete sedation no matter which tummy tuck procedure is being performed. This ensures the patient’s abdominal muscles remain relaxed during the tummy tuck procedure. This allows Dr. Khalifeh to complete the tummy tuck procedure quicker because unexpected movements will not hamper him. However, Dr. Khalifeh may use localized anesthesia on occasion for the less invasive mini tummy tuck procedure in Washington DC.

Hernia Combined with Other Non-cosmetic abdominal procedures:

often we get requests to perform a tummy tuck during surgery for another abdominal wall procedure.  Sometimes this is possible, other times we don’t advise it.  Click below for individual discussions.

We can perform:

Tummy tuck with hernia repair

A Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure in Washington, DC

If you have at least one of the following conditions, you are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck procedure:

  • Sagging or excess skin in the abdomen
  • Weakened and separated abdominal muscles
  • Excess fat that is concentrated in the abdomen

Preferable Health Characteristics:

  • In good health
  • At ideal weight or at least weight stable (not gaining or trying to lose weight)
  • No future pregnancies planned

Preparing For Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

You should:

  • Stop smoking for at least 4 weeks prior to surgery
  • Maintain your weight for no less than three months prior to your tummy tuck procedure
  • Discontinue taking certain medications, herbal supplements and vitamins (i.e., blood thinners and aspirin) as directed by Dr. Khalifeh
  • Make plans for assistance during your recovery period
  • Take time off of work
  • Following your tummy tuck procedure you will need a ride home


The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure


The length and number of incisions Dr. Khalifeh makes depends on the procedure he is performing for his patient.

  • The mini tummy tuck only requires a small incision in the lower abdomen. This is rarely performed because the results are minimal.
  • The Belt Lipectomy tummy tuck requires a larger incision.
  • A traditional tummy tuck involves only one incision from one hipbone to the other. Dr. Khalifeh plans all tummy tuck incisions carefully to minimize scarring and keep them discrete. If you have any questions, you can speak with him prior to your surgery at his Washington DC office.

Naval Sculpting and Reattachment

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Tummy Tuck Washington DC (model)

The majority of tummy tuck surgeries involve repositioning of the navel. This is done so the abdomen appears more natural. A new navel may be sculpted or the existing navel is reattached.

Tightening the Abdominal Muscles
As we age, our abdominal muscles become looser. During your tummy tuck procedure in Washington DC, Dr. Khalifeh will remove any pockets of excess fat. He will also remove extra skin and tighten your lax abdominal muscle mass in your stomach.

Your abdominal muscles are pulled and stitched together to make them look more toned. A tummy tuck procedure usually narrows the waistline as well.

Eliminating Stretch Marks During Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

If you have stretch marks, Dr. Khalifeh may be able to improve or even eliminate their appearance during the skin removal process of your tummy tuck procedure. Any of your stretch marks that are located a little below your navel can usually be removed. Many times any remaining stretch marks will appear less prominent after your tummy tuck procedure.

Skin Removal During Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

After your abdominal muscles are tightened, your skin is pulled down and the excess is trimmed. Dr. Khalifeh may use liposuction to remove unwanted fat pockets before pulling the skin taut.

Closing the Incision(s)

Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Khalifeh will suture your incision together with surgical stitches. A surgical drain is inserted. The drain speeds up your healing process and alleviates pain caused by fluid buildup under the skin. The surgical drain is generally removed about a week after your surgery and your stitches within two weeks.

You will receive a compression garment. This helps minimize your bruising and swelling. It also supports the tissues and helps your skin maintain its new shape.

Recovering From Your Tummy Tuck Procedure in Washington, DC

  • Depending on the tummy tuck technique used and the problem being addressed, recovery can take from one to four weeks.
  • You should expect some bruising and tenderness. You may need to take time off work.
  • You should avoid nicotine during your recovery period as it inhibits the healing process.
  • It takes up to three months to recover fully from your tummy tuck procedure.
  • Avoid all heavy activity during your recovery.

Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

Tummy Tuck Before and After Photo

Tummy Tuck Before and After Photo Disclaimer: there’s no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary.

While scarring is inevitable, Dr. Khalifeh’s carefully planned incision locations will minimize the visibility of your surgical scars. At first, scars from your surgery may appear prominent and red; however, with proper care they will heal and become thin, silver lines.

Can insurance Cover my Abdominoplasty?

Full coverage of an abdominoplasty is typically not possible. In select cases, depending on your documented health history (with your primary care physician), you may be able to obtain coverage for procedures that are associated with performing an abdominoplasty. Click here to see discussion on whether insurance can cover abdominoplasty.

Contact Our Washington DC Plastic Surgery practice to learn more about Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you are considering a tummy tuck or any other kind of plastic surgery and reside in or near Washington DC, contact Dr. Marwan Khalifeh. His knowledge, experience and skills can help you look and feel better.

Contact Our Washington DC Plastic Surgery practice to learn more Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) with Dr. Khalifeh by clicking on the contact us form.We look forward to meeting you and discussing how Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) can benefit you. You can also call our office directly at (301) 244-0148 or schedule online.

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