Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Offered at our convenient location in Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Why settle for a body that doesn’t make you feel your best? Perhaps a drastic change in weight has resulted in floppy, loose, or baggy skin in the abdominal area, or your abdomen hasn’t returned to its normal contour after a pregnancy? Anyone who is concerned with the way their midsection looks should contact Dr. Clayton for a tummy tuck consultation.

The body you have always wanted may be safely and comfortably within your reach!

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty, more commonly called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the abdomen. The procedure involves the removal of excess, loose skin and fat, and the tightening of abdominal muscles in order to contour the midsection.

Depending on what you are looking for, there are a few different types of tummy tuck procedures.

Why Get a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tucks are most commonly performed on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have been pregnant. With weight loss or after a pregnancy, body mass decreases but the skin physically cannot bounce back completely once it has been stretched past a certain point. Some weight loss patients undergo tummy tucks as they approach their goal weight. Many women who have given birth also undergo tummy tucks for the same reason. Additionally, separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) often requires repair, and is done as a routine part of a tummy tuck to further flatten and tighten the abdomen, and to improve core muscle function.

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Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for abdominoplasty have a large excess of loose abdominal tissue, and may or may not have widely separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti). Patients considering this procedure should be living a healthy lifestyle and be at a stable weight. It is also strongly recommended that the potential tummy tuck patient be a non-smoker.

This procedure is designed to create a more aesthetically pleasing midsection for those looking to slim their waistline down to its former, more slender size. A tummy tuck procedure is not performed for weight reduction; however, liposuction is often done in conjunction with abdominoplasty to help those who struggle with localized fat deposits in the midsection or legs, and help further perfect the aesthetic shape of the waistline and thighs.

There are certain patients who might not be best suited for a tummy tuck.

Anyone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 (considered obese) may not be a good candidate. Complications can happen during surgery because of the extra weight, so it is best to have a BMI below 35 to. Dr. Clayton also prefers that patients not be more than 50 lbs. over their goal weight. Dr. Clayton does make an exception, however, for massive weight loss patients who are not within 50 lbs. of their goal weight because the current skin excess may be hindering their ability to exercise and continue on their weight loss journey.


Dr. Clayton offers multiple types of tummy tuck procedures, each tailored to the specific needs of his patients. The various types of abdomen sculpting procedures are as listed below:

Mini Abdominoplasty

A mini tummy tuck consists of an incision near the pubic region to remove excess skin from the lower portion of the abdomen and tighten the muscles below the belly button. This procedure is for men and women who are reasonably smooth in the upper abdomen but have laxity below the belly button that will not go away through diet and exercise alone.

Extended Mini Abdominoplasty

An extended mini tummy tuck has been developed by Dr. Clayton to offer, if necessary, the option to tighten more of the abdominal wall and even some of the upper abdomen, typically in the area just above the umbilicus. This procedure includes skin removal the same as the mini, but involves a slightly longer incision for maximum contouring.

Standard Abdominoplasty

A standard tummy tuck is the most common procedure for patients who have excess abdominal skin due to significant weight loss and/or pregnancy. During the procedure, an incision is made low in the pubic area and also around the navel. This surgery removes all the loose tissue from the belly button to the pubic area, and tightens and smooths the entire abdominal wall. A new incision will be made for the belly button since the original skin around the umbilicus will be removed with the rest of the lax abdominal skin.

Extended Full Abdominoplasty

An extended tummy tuck is very similar to the standard but offers additional improvement to the sides and lower back. The incision is somewhat longer than in a standard tummy tuck, allowing for more excess skin to be removed. The abdominal wall is tightened the same as in the standard abdominoplasty. This procedure is good for patients who have a large amount of excess skin around the hips and sides as well as the abdomen.

Fleur De Lis Abdominoplasty

The Fleur De Lis tummy tuck, also known as an anchor incision tummy tuck, is for patients who have lost a major amount of weight, and therefore have a massive excess of lax tissue. The standard horizontal incision is made as usual with the addition of a vertical incision. The length is dependent on the amount of skin to be removed and the muscle tightening required.

Each of the above surgeries may be enhanced with the addition of body sculpting through additional liposuction.


Dr. Clayton will address all of your questions and concerns when you come in for the initial consultation at his Cottonwood Heights, Utah location. Please be prepared to provide information regarding your health history including any current medical conditions and previous surgeries as these will be discussed during the appointment. In order to assess the appropriateness of the surgery, he will provide a physical examination. If a tummy tuck is right for you, Dr. Clayton will discuss the best treatment options to help you achieve your desired look.

He may also suggest additional procedures that may be beneficial in your particular case, such as liposuction. Of course, the extent of the surgery you choose is entirely up to you, provided that Dr. Clayton feels that your choice will offer you a safe and satisfying result.

If he finds you to be a good candidate, Dr. Clayton will provide you with any necessary preparation information as well as the aftercare and recovery instructions that are customized to your individual case. The doctor is more than happy to answer any questions you might have to make sure you are fully informed about the procedure before making any final decisions. He will also provide a customized quote, and his staff will provide you with financing options.

Dr. Clayton has always felt that the least expensive plastic surgery is “the one done RIGHT the FIRST time!”


Stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, 10 days prior to the procedure (and for a week following surgery).

Patients are required to stop smoking at least two full weeks before the operation.

A physical examination will be performed by Dr. Clayton one week before the procedure to make sure you are ready for surgery, and to answer any final questions. Your prescriptions for an antibiotic as well as for pain control or anti-nausea medications will be provided at this time. That way, you will have your meds as soon as they are needed after your surgery.

You will also be provided with other details, such as the arrival time for the day of your surgery, recovery instructions, and what recovery items you should have in your home.

Procedure Information

As the very first doctor in Utah to perform liposuction, Dr. Clayton’s experience in body contouring surgery is second to none! He prides himself and his staff on the excellence of their patient care, and for the quality of their results.

The doctor performs his tummy tucks on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.

His highly skilled team will ensure that you are comfortable and safe during the procedure. The operation takes between two and four hours depending on the extent of your requirements. A Tummy tuck involve the removal of lax abdominal tissues and the tightening of the abdominal muscles. Dr. Clayton often performs tummy tucks with the addition of liposuction of the hips, lower back, or thighs for optimal results.

New state-of-the-art techniques have reduced the need for drains, and they may not even be required. If they are, however, instructions will be provided on how to take care of the drains before leaving the medical center.


When you awaken from surgery, you will find yourself wearing a compression garment or a girdle applied to help with swelling and discomfort. This should be left in place until instructed by Dr. Clayton. It is very important to refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other anti-inflammatory medication which may increase the risk of bleeding during the early recovery period. You will be provided a list of such medications to avoid.

After tummy tuck surgery, you are taken into the recovery area to be supervised by a specialized nurse. After an hour or two, you will be able to return home. Dr. Clayton instructs all abdominoplasty patients to begin walking as soon as you get home to help with circulation and to decrease the chance of blood clots.

You will also be provided with a phone number where Dr. Clayton can be reached directly – you never have to worry that you won’t be able to reach your doctor after your surgery – a courtesy that few surgeons provide their patients!

During the recovery period, the doctor recommends to avoid working out or any strenuous physical activity for at least 2 weeks. Extensive exercise should be delayed for at least 4 weeks. It usually takes a 5 – 6 weeks to regain your energy.


The results of abdominoplasty surgery tend to be highly satisfying and long lasting when maintained with a proper diet and exercise. Practicing a healthy lifestyle is very important to keep desired results from degrading over time. Tummy tuck surgery is not considered a weight loss procedure, even though you WILL lose a few pounds in the process. Additionally, pregnancy can negatively impact your result, so Dr. Clayton suggests you complete having your children before considering a tummy tuck.

If you are interested in a tummy tuck – or any other body contouring procedure – please contact our Cottonwood Heights, Utah office today! A member of our staff will gladly assist you in scheduling a consultation.